from Peter Suber’s blog:
Tommy Thompson, Republican presidential candidate and former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has announced his science platform: double the budget of the NIH (to $58 billion/year), cure breast cancer in 10 years, and this:
Create an open source research community on the Internet where research can be organized and discussions can be conducted with experts. This online community will be a centralized repository for research where all of the world’s people can contribute their time, money or expertise toward helping with this global fight.
PMR: This seems amazing. I am an illiterate in US politics but it’s gratifying to know that Open Source Research has a high-enough profile that it is taken seriously at political level. It’s clear that we should be able to keep pushing politicians on this issue. It’s good for science, good for humanity. If we are going to save the planet we need Open Science as well as cycling to work. People and organizations who hide science and hide data through inertia or private gain are going to have an increasingly difficult position justifying their actions to the community.
We should remember that the US managed the moon-shot and also built the National Cancer Institute to cure cancer. The physical world seems to be easier than the biological world but I am certain of one thing: we shall need all the shared infromation we can get. Publishers, information companies, pharma – think about different ways of doing things. The answer may already be out there.