"Techdirt readers will be very familiar with CERN, the European Council
for Nuclear Research (the acronym comes from the French version: Conseil
Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire). It's best known for two things:
being the birthplace of the World Wide Web, and home to the Large Hadron
Collider (LHC), the world's largest and most powerful particle
accelerator. Over 12,000 scientists of 110 nationalities, from
institutes in more than 70 countries, work at CERN. Between them, they
produce a huge quantity of scientific papers. That made CERN's decision
in 2013 to release nearly all of its published articles as open access
one of the most important milestones in the field of academic
publishing. Since 2014, CERN has published 40,000 open access articles.
But as Techdirt has noted, open access is just the start. As well as the
final reports on academic work, what is also needed is the underlying
data. Making that data freely available allows others to check the
analysis, and to use it for further investigation -- for example, by
combining it with data from elsewhere. The push for open data has been
underway for a while, and has just received a big boost from CERN"
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "great news"
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