[OAI-eprints] September issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter

Peter Suber peters at earlham.edu
Thu Sep 2 12:26:25 CDT 2010

* Announcement (cross-posted) *

I just mailed the September issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter.  This
issue includes the concluding installment of the essay started in the August
issue on William Garvey's 1979 observation  that "in some disciplines, it is
easier to repeat an experiment than it is to determine that the experiment
has already been done."  In Part 2, I connect OA with three variations on
Garvey's theme:  when we we want to redo past work, to test its results,
when we inadvertently redo past work, thinking it's new, and when we don't
want to redo past work, or look it up, because we've allowed knowledge to
become taboo and replaced curiosity with a defensive preference for what we
already believe.

The roundup section briefly notes 137 OA developments from August.

September 2010 issue

How to subscribe and unsubscribe to the newsletter and discussion forum.

The current and back issues are all open access, of course.


Peter Suber
Senior Researcher, SPARC
Berkman Fellow, Harvard University
Research Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College
Open Access Project Director, Public Knowledge
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