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'Open Source' v. PayWall
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Found via Marco Kaltofen in twitter today.

THE QUEST TO TOPPLE SCIENCE-STYMYING ACADEMIC PAYWALLS
by Joi Ito
https://www.wired.com/story/ideas-joi-it...nsiteshare

Excerpt:

"When the World Wide Web emerged in the ’90s, people began predicting a new, more robust era of scholarship based on access to knowledge for all. The internet, which started as a research network, now had an easy-to-use interface and a protocol to connect all of published knowledge, making each citation just a click away … in theory.

Instead, academic publishers started to consolidate. They solidified their grip on the rights to prestigious journals, allowing them to charge for access and exclude the majority of the world from reading research publications—all while extracting billions in dollars of subscription fees from university libraries and corporations. This meant that some publishers, such as Elsevier, the science, technology, and medicine-focused branch of the RELX Group publishing conglomerate, are able today to extract huge margins—36.7 percent in 2017 in Elsevier’s case, more profitable than Apple, Google/Alphabet, or Microsoft that same year."
Pia
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