[Taxacom] IPBES: a new challenge (not for cynics)

Francisco Welter-Schultes fwelter at gwdg.de
Tue Jan 11 05:02:56 CST 2011

> We still publish works that are
> difficult to get, almost impossible to mine and with little access 
> to the underlying data.

A big part of the problem is outside our direct responsibility: 
international copyright laws and conventions restrict access to a 
large part of the scientific information published between 1920 and 
2000. It would be necessary to teach international politics that 
there is no sense in applying the same copyright laws for scientific 
and non-scientific publications, and to open an discussion in 
international bodies to change the conventions.

University of Goettingen, Germany

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