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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Beyond Open Access: GNU General Public License

Beyond Open Access And Open Data: Open Science -- And No Patents

from the accelerating-science,-not-making-money dept

TechDirt | February 1, 2016

Techdirt has been writing about open access and open data in the academic world for some years now. But beyond those important ways of sharing lies a more integrated approach, generally known as open science. Gabriella Coleman has passed on some interesting news from Canada in this field. McGill University's Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), under the leadership of its director, Guy Rouleau, wants to speed up the translation of research into treatments, and thinks that opening up completely is the way to do that, as Science reports [...]
[...] Well, maybe not in a science context, but of course such reciprocity lies at the heart of Richard Stallman's GNU General Public License. The GNU GPL is also something that is often called "viral", but a better name might be evangelical. Let's hope that MNI's project is as successful in spreading the word about open science as the GPL has been in propagating free software.

The Montreal Neurological Institute plans to free up its findings, including data that point to connections between brain regions communicating at different neural rhythms. Source:

<more at; related links: (GNU General Public License) and (Bold & admirable @McGill Montreal Neuro logical Institute (MNI) is trying radical openness. Gabriella Coleman. January 22, 2016)>

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