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Re: [OT - or may be not] The case for open computer programs

I initially refer to the openness of a scientific program, as Debian
only concerns about software. Though the ideas of open access articles
and open source software are of the same spirit (at least to me).

Developers who contribute to Debian Science already implicitly express
their preference of FOSS for scientific purpose. So there is probably no
need for such a statement / discussion among the Debian Science members.
But the DebianScience wiki pages can (and probably should) be read by
anyone else outside of the Debian Science team. 

Writng some lines at a main web page of Debian Science like: 'Why should
it be a good idea to use FOSS software for scientific (and engineering!)
purposes...." Just to advocate the usage of the FOSS software towards
anybody working in any scientific / engineering field and using
software. Apart from pure theoretical scientists, who is not using
computers and software these days? A bit of publicity for all the work
done here is good.


On Tue, 2012-05-29 at 15:46 +0200, Michael Banck wrote:
> On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 03:42:13PM +0200, Gerber van der Graaf wrote:
> > It probably might be a good idea to include a statement or discussion at
> > the DebianSciene wiki pages concerning this topic? 
> The fact that a scientific program is in Debian main is already a
> statement that its source code is open for acedemic peer review.
> Or are you talking about Open Access?  I am not sure how to push this as
> a whole in the context of Debian Science - obviously a lot of the
> project members strongly believe in Open Acess.  The only tangible
> measure I could think of is to remove links/references to non-Open
> Access journals from our metadata - a measure I personally do not think
> is warranted at this point.
> Michael

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