[CODATA-international] Brown (2020) Big Secret in the Academy (article) on Open Access and lack thereof

Daureen Nesdill daureen.nesdill at utah.edu
Wed May 27 18:13:44 EDT 2020

The issue with open access and US universities is the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act giving universities ownership of the research. During the '80s (1) state legislatures started reducing support for higher education and we saw the rise of the tech transfer offices. Increasingly, research outputs were patented and commercialized in support of the universities. Funding for the university will always come before open access.

Daureen Nesdill

University of Utah

From: CODATA-international <codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org> on behalf of Falk Huettmann <fhuettmann at alaska.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 3:08 PM
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Subject: [CODATA-international] Brown (2020) Big Secret in the Academy (article) on Open Access and lack thereof

Dear Kind Colleagues,

as most people on this listerserver and in agencies promote the news that we are all moving towards Open Access, and that things get better that way and more transparent, or even more
I would like to share with you below a recent article by the esteemed American Association of
University Professors (AAUP), titled

The Big Secret in the Academy Is That Most Research Is Secret: The dangerous rift between open and classified research, Spring 2020
By Kate Brown
The Big Secret in the Academy Is That Most Research Is Secret | AAUP<https://www.aaup.org/article/big-secret-academy-most-research-secret#.Xs7TDERKhhE>
The politicization of scientific inquiry and classified research compromise the independent and open-ended pursuit of knowledge.

It deals with Chernobyl as a case study but has many wider implications and statements within on data access issues and the sciences, globally.

It mirrors what I know and see, and what I have expressed last years.

It also reminds of such type of works (see facts and details within, specifically data and digital society issues) like:

How Will Capitalism End? by Wolfgang Streeck: 9781786632982 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books<https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/533258/how-will-capitalism-end-by-wolfgang-streeck/>
The provocative political thinker asks if it will be with a bang or a whimper After years of ill health, capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth...


The best way to proceed here, in a good way, is to fully acknowledge the status quo,
and then improve on it dramatically for betterment.
I lack those acknowledgements though and actions even, or a valid vision, beyond just arbitrary piecemeal with many loop holes and ineffciencies.

That's my view.

Thanks, please keep me posted on this topic.
Very best regards
   Falk Huettmann  PhD, Professor
     University of Alaska Fairbanks

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