Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 34.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 07:03:20 +0100
From: "Gary W. Shawver" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: 14.0013 electronic publishing
Willard, et al.
Harnad's positions seems well articulated to me. The article in D-Lib
mentioned by Jennifer de Beer provides a point of view that is
complimentary to his. Richard Kaser writes that we do pay for "free"
information and points out that this is not a new idea. It is, in fact, an
illusion fostered by some of the very institutions objecting to the
assertion that "information wants to be free." Paul Brains's report of
data-mining by textbook publishers illustrates both the irresistible allure
of free information to for-profit information producers and the point
implicit in Kaser's article that publishers simultaneously object to and
rely upon the illusion of free information. I'm curious, are there any
objections other than those raised by "ah" in the exchange with Harnad to
providing free access to scholarly electronic journals?
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