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February 21, 2005

Science Commons: Open The Flow Of Scientific Information

Creative Commons has become a modern-day alternative to copyright which we inherited from pre-computer and pre-internet times. Ubiquitous copyright has become an obstacle to sharing and utilizing the immense amounts of information now at our fingertips. The idea is to form a "commons", that is, a freely accessible body of facts and ideas where barriers to the exchange and use of information have been removed or at least lowered from the rigid standards imposed by traditional copyright.

A new initiative of Creative Commons, directed towards sharing not only copyrighted material but also patents and scientific data is taking shape and is expected to take off some time in early 2005. Science Commons intends to help make scientific research more accessible and open a new era on interdisciplinary co-operation.

The mission of Science Commons is to encourage scientific innovation by making it easier for scientists, universities, and industries to use literature, data, and other scientific intellectual property and to share their knowledge with others. Science Commons works within current copyright and patent law to promote legal and technical mechanisms that remove barriers to sharing.

This is an opening that should be given close attention by the communities of what are now called "alternatives" such as the use of natural remedies and nutrition in health the search for advanced physics concepts in a quest for energy independence.

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For example, the Journal of Orthomolecular Nutrition is not indexed in the National Library of Medicine's Medline database. It should be, lest medicine miss out on a wealth of research that may contribute to our understanding of illness and is quite certain - once widely applied - to lead to better prevention and more choice in available healthcare options.

There are few if any journals publishing "free energy" and "alternative physics" topics that find their way into the official databases accessed by university students and researchers. Not because they do not contain research that should be accessible, but because of an inherently closed attitude of the scientific establishment towards new ideas. Peer review tends to keep the paradigm threatening alternatives from being published and circulated for discussion. We are missing out on many opportunities for scientific progress, not to say about ending our current resource wars.

If we are serious about incorporating the best of what is now kept at the fringes into the mainstream of scientific knowledge and procedure, we need to think in terms of inclusion. Although Science Commons for now seems oriented to facilitating the sharing of what is considered mainstream scientific information, it could very well become a potent tool for widening the horizons of scientific inquiry in many fields.

The outline of ideas that form the basis of Science Commons can be found on their website but what's more, this is work in progress, meaning there are opportunities to suggest inclusion of certain data sets in the new pool that is being formed, of "liberated" scientific information.

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Legislation Seeks Access to Tax-Funded Research
Thursday, 04 May 2006
Congress is finally addressing a rip-off by scientists who receive taxpayer money and don't show their findings to the public. Good news!!! Laypersons and independent researchers often cannot afford to access reports published in 'peer reviewed' journals --which is one reason that fraudulent reports have tainted the literature without true, independent peer review. Since the research was funded by taxpayers, it is not too much to require scientists who receive public funds to disclose their findings on the internet which is publicly accessible to all...

Introducing PLoS Clinical Trials
This new journal is devoted to providing an unbiased, peer-reviewed forum for trial results in all fields of medicine and public health. In the world of clinical trials, the current publishing system does not work in the best interests of patients, clinicians, or health policymakers. All these groups of people should be able to base their decisions on good-quality systematic overviews of all the available evidence. Thorough systematic review requires access to and careful evaluation of all the primary research studies that address the question of interest, and robust mechanisms are therefore needed for unbiased dissemination of the results of clinical research. However, bias is known to exert an effect at virtually every stage, from study concept and design to write-up and publication...


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Monday February 21 2005
updated on Friday June 26 2009

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Readers' Comments


Looks to me like preparation for the 'network economy'. I see and hear a lot of this 'sharing for the good of all' language coming from the establishment. Yet on the other hand our rights to worthwhile, non-toxic health treatments are slowly dissapearing. I encourage sharing of course and i hope this does herald a value shift wave.

Posted by: liam on February 22, 2005 09:28 AM


Here is a recent communication by Prof. Lawrence Lessig, regarding the opening up of certain works to public use, where copyright obviously is not the correct solution:

Sorry about the intrusion, but an important opportunity has come up for you to have a positive impact on the direction of copyright law and I wanted to let you know about it directly.

Thanks to some prodding by a couple of great US Senators, the copyright office is currently considering whether to recommend changes to copyright law that will make it easier and cheaper for you to use "orphaned works" -- works that remain under copyright but whose "owner" can't be found. As many of you have written me, this is a real problem that affects thousands of innovative people every year. But the copyright office still needs some convincing.

To convince them, we need your help. If you have a relevant story, or a perspective that might help the Copyright Office evaluate this issue, I would be grateful if you took just a few minutes to write an email telling them your story. The most valuable submissions will make clear the practical burden the existing system creates. (One of my favorite stories is about a copy-shop's refusal to enlarge a 60 year old photo from an elementary school year book for a eulogy because the copyright owner couldn't be found.) Describe instances where you wanted to use a work, but couldn't find the owner to ask permission. Explain how that impacted your ability to create. Or pass this email on to someone who you know might have a useful story to add.

The Copyright Office is already overworked and understaffed, so I'm not asking that you stuff their inbox with demands for action, or anything like that. They are not Congress. They are not even the FCC. Their role here is as fact-finder, so "just the facts, ma'am." (Oops, do I need permission to use that?)

Everything you need to do this is online at We've explained exactly what the copyright office is asking for, how and where to submit your email, and provided some examples of stories we've heard from others about how their creativity has been stalled when they've tried to use orphan works. If you have questions, there's a contact email there for people who can help you out.

In spite of my usual pessimism, I think we have a real opportunity here to move the law in a positive direction. Please help us "promote the Progress of Science" (and that text is in the public domain), by showing the Copyright Office where unnecessary regulation hampers progress.

Posted by: Sepp on February 24, 2005 03:43 PM


Dr Andrew Saul ( writes by email:

You and your readership will be pleased to know that the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, from 1996 through 2001, is now online for free reading at The archive is searchable from that page.

The Journal is now working on posting all issues back to 1967, and expects to finish the project within the next two years, maybe sooner. The most recent five years will continue to be available for a fee.

May I add that the OMNS press release archive is available at this page.

Best wishes,
A. Saul

Andrew W. Saul
Assistant Editor, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine

Posted by: Sepp on May 29, 2006 03:05 PM


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