Re: Nature launches web debate "Future e-access to the primary literature"

From: Declan Butler, Nature <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 19:01:25 +0100


31 May 2001: Authors willing to pay for instant web access, Thomas J.
Walker, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida.
31 May 2001: Free online availability substantially increases a paper's
impact, Steve Lawrence, NEC Research Institute.
25 May 2001: Innovation and service in scientific publishing requires more,
not less, competition, Michael Keller, Publisher, HighWire Press.
18 May 2001: Information wants to be valuable, Tim O'Reilly, founder and
president of O'Reilly & Associates.
10 May 2001: Evolution and scientific literature: towards a decentralized
adaptive web, Rick Luce, Director, Research Library of Los Alamos National
7 May 2001: Blurring the boundaries between the scientific 'papers' and
biological databases, Mark Gerstein & Jochen Junker, Molecular Biophysics &
Biochemistry Department, Yale University
4 May 2001: Should the scientific literature be privately owned and
controlled? Michael Eisen and Pat Brown, Public Library of Science
3 May 2001: Tailoring access to the source: preprints, grey literature and
journal articles, Walter Warnick, director, The Office of Scientific and
Technical Information (OSTI), US Department of Energy

27 April 2001: Information access: what is to be done?, Robert Campbell,
President, Blackwell Science Ltd
26 April 2001: The self-archiving initiative, Stevan Harnad,
Intelligence/Agents/Multimedia Group, Department of Electronics and Computer
Science, University of Southampton
12 April 2001: Electronic access to journals: the views of the American
Physical Society, Martin Blume, Editor-in-Chief, The American Physical
12 April 2001: Scientific publishing on the 'semantic web', Tim Berners-Lee,
inventor of the World Wide Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and James Hendler,
Computer Science Department, University of Maryland, and responsible for
research on agent-based computing at the US Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency.
5 April 2001: What price 'free'?, Ann Okerson, Associate University
Librarian Yale University
5 April 2001: Position statement by the American Society for Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology, Robert D. Wells, president, ASBMB, and Herbert Tabor,
Editor, J. Biol. Chem
5 April 2001: Boycott!, Frank Gannon, executive director, European Molecular
Biology Organization
5 April 2001: Setting Logical Priorities, Ira Mellman, Editor of The Journal
of Cell Biology
5 April 2001: Impacts of free access, Martin Richardson, Journals Publishing
Director, Oxford University Press
5 April 2001: Content and context in one service, tailored to meet the needs
of scientists, Derk Haank, CEO, Elsevier Science
5 April 2001: GenBank - a model community resource?, Jo McEntyre & David J.
Lipman, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of
Medicine, National Institutes of Health
5 April 2001: E-Biosci: a European approach to handling biological
information, Les Grivell, Director, E-Biosci
5 April 2001: PubMed Central decides to decentralize, Edwin Sequeira,
Johanna McEntyre & David Lipman, National Center for Biotechnology
Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
5 April 2001: Future e-access to the primary literature, Declan Butler,
European correspondent, and Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief, Nature

B: Authors who have agreed to contribute articles to the debate in the
coming weeks include:
Amos Bairoch, cofounder of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and GeneBio
(Geneva Bioinformatics SA)
Andrew Odlyzko, AT&T Lab
Bruce Stillman, Director and CEO, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Colin Hopkins, Professor of Molecular Cell Biology at Imperial College
Dale Flecker, Associate Director for Planning and Systems, Harvard
University Library
David Allan, Managing director, International Press Telecommunications
Dick Kaser, Executive Director, US National Federation of Abstracting &
Information Services
Eamon T. Fennessy, Chairman and CEO of The Copyright Group, Inc.
Ed Pentz, executive director, CrossRef, Publishers International Linking
Association (PILA)
Fiona Godlee, Peter Newmark, and Matthew Cockerill, Biomed Central Limited
Hal Varian, dean of the School of Information Management and Systems at the
University of California at Berkeley, and a leading economist on the 'new
Hans Roosendaal, Executive Board, University of Twente
Harold Abelson (MIT OpenCourseWare project), Department of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John R. Inglis, Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Jon Bosak, Sun Microsystems
Lawrence Hunter, director, Center for Computational Pharmacology, University
of Colorado
Martin Frank, Executive Director, American Physiological Society
Matt Cockerill, technical director, BioMed Central Limited
Richard Stallman, a leading proponent of the open source movement
Rick Rowe, former CEO of Faxon, and now of
Russ Altmann, Stanford Medical Informatics, Stanford University Medical
Center, and president International Society for Computational Biology
Stuart Weibel, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Tom Sanville, Executive Director, Ohiolink

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