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Re: Summary of scientific research on Debian (was: DD age histogram)

On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 12:15:46PM -0500, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
> Well, if you are the author, even though the final print-copy files
> are not freely distributable (as they include layout that's usually
> property of the publishing journal/editorial), you can always decide
> to share publicly the final version you sent for them to form. Having
> that, together with full publication information, should be enough.

Indeed, you (as an author) often have the right to redistribute the so
called preprint. But even in that case, you often are constrained about
the origin of your redistribution. My experience with major computer
science publishers (Sprinter, Elsevier, etc.) is that they grant you the
right to redistribute preprints only *from your homepage*. Letting aside
DFSG-freeness, such clauses make it difficult to form an archive of
Debian-related literature that can be hosted on Debian infrastructure.

Nonetheless, there is value also in just collecting a bibliography of
DOI-s or of similar identifiers.  For scholars, that is useful as a
research starting point; for Debian, that is useful in showing the
importance of Debian in various sciences, as a very interesting subject
of study.

Stefano Zacchiroli -o- PhD in Computer Science \ PostDoc @ Univ. Paris 7
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