Monday, October 19, 2009

It's Open Access Week!

October 19 - October 23 is designated Open Access Week, in order to raise awareness of open access publication and scholarship. So, I'll be blogging a little bit more about open access during the next few days.

For my first post, I wanted to clarify a common confusion that I hear from many colleagues: open source vs. open access. Although the terms are related in some ways (indeed, they derive from a very similar philosophy), they refer to two discrete concepts.

Open Access: Focuses on the unrestricted sharing of research results, typically through open access journals (PLoS ONE, Palaeontologia Electronica, etc.).

Open Source: Computer software, typically (but not always) freely distributed, in which the source code is freely available. There are a host of other stipulations in some definitions, which are largely an elaboration upon this point.

Thus, PLoS ONE is open access; 3D Slicer is open source.

10 comments:

atypicalheroine said...

Congratulations on being named a Blogger Blog of Note.

currentlife2u said...
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Mike Carey and Luisa Mercado said...

Us, common masses,although we have our own specific lines of work, aren't particular about terms used by scientists with very specific studies and work. But, having expressly told us the difference between two specific words common to you (and not to us) add to our limited vocabularies :). Thank you very much.

Keep going...

MikenLuisa

Banco de Imágenes Gratuitas said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Your blog is the Blog of Note at Blogger.

Cheers and best regards from Canada

-Jose Luis
www.picaysabe.com

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kampiabareh said...

it's was a good post, keep posting :)

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chauvetcave said...

I am fascinated with cave paintings as an artist, and have found some fascinating information from what you could consider an original source from The Walking people by Paula Underwood. These are historical stories kept as an oral history which the Institute of Noetic Sciences published. Some of the history goes back to the beginning of cave drawings, and describes a large herbivore very like beaver except fot the nature of resting tail. I have blogged about this, showing an ancient drawing from Chauvet Cave in France that shows what I think could be this animal. it is so fascinating to read through these stories. Find me at chauvetcave.blogspot.com

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