[Open-access] Tim O'Reilly Edge Conversation

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Oct 4 16:43:08 UTC 2012

On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM, Jenny Molloy <jenny.molloy at okfn.org> wrote:

> This conversation with Tim O'Reilly touches on various Open Science/Access
> points and may be of interest to people:
> http://edge.org/conversation/-39the-clothesline-paradox-39-
> Abstract:
> *If we're going to get science policy right, it's really important for us
> to study the economic benefit of open access and not accept the arguments
> of incumbents. Existing media companies claim that they need ever stronger
> and longer copyright protection and new, draconian laws to protect them,
> and meanwhile, new free ecosystems, like the Web, have actually led to
> enormous wealth creation and enormous new opportunities for social value.
> And yes, they did in fact lead in some cases to the destruction of
> incumbents, but that's the kind of creative destruction that we should
> celebrate in the economy. We have to accept that, particularly in the area
> of science, there's an incredible opportunity for open access to enable new
> business models.*
> *
> *
> Feel free to ping back the list with your thoughts on the content!

Great Jenny,

Yes - for me this is one of the major missions of the OKF - how can we
monetize "free"?  Tim is right and understands the dynamics of the web in a
way that few other publishers do. We need inventive ideas - some of which
will fail - and we need a wide range of partners.


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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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