James H. Beach jbeach at NSF.GOV
Mon Apr 28 06:28:04 CDT 1997


The United States National Research Council has released a report
recommending that governments around the world guarantee access to
electronic databases of scientific information by researchers, educators
and others "working in the public good....  Full and open access to
scientific data should be adopted as the international norm for the
exchange of scientific data derived from publicly funded research."  The
report warns against proposals currently under consideration by the World
Intellectual Property Organization, the European Community and the U.S.
House of Representatives, saying they do not guarantee "fair use" of data
by the scientific and education communities. "If adopted in their current
form, these legal proposals could jeopardize basic scientific research and
education, eliminate competition in the markets for value-added products
and services, and raise existing thresholds to entry into insuperable
legal barriers to entry." (Chronicle of Higher Education 25 Apr 97)

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