Scientific knowledge is a common good, says the European Commission

From: N. Miradon <nmiradon_at_YAHOO.FR>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 10:22:54 -0400

In its programme for today's conference "Ethics, Research & Globalisation"
(14-15 May 2007), the European Commission states that "... scientific
knowledge is a common good ..." (Programme of the Conference page 7 -
breakout session 3: "Intellectual property rights") [1], via [2].

If the European Commission's previous conference "Scientific Publishing in
the European Research Area Access, Dissemination and Preservation in the
Digital Age" is anything to go by, we may well now expect a Communication
from the Commission to the European Council and Parliament on "Ethics and

But Chris Armbruster says that "This (Germany's) Bundesrat opinion (on the
Commissions Communication <<Scientific information in the digital age:
access, dissemination and preservation>>) is bad news for OA" [3].

Let us hope that Member States give Ethics and Research a better treatment.

btw, it looks as though the European Parliament may be waiting for
Parliaments in Member States to have discussed <<Scientific information in
the digital age>> (see [4]). Is the Bundesrat really the only legislative
body in the whole EU to have given an opinion so far?


[1] h t t
[3] SPARC Open Access Forum Digest #1015 2) Correction - RE: [SOAF]
Germany's Bundesrat against OA by "Armbruster, Chris"
Received on Mon May 14 2007 - 16:49:06 BST

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