[linux-elitists] PubScience: discontinued -- Government public information service canceled by industry lobby
Karsten M. Self
Fri Nov 15 18:06:36 PST 2002
Anyone familiar with:
- PubScience: http://www.osti.gov/disconps.html
- SIAA: http://www.siia.net/
- SIAA members: http://www.siia.net/glance/members.asp
- SIAA BoD: http://www.siia.net/glance/board.asp
...and the relationship between SIAA and the closing of PubScience:
More sites targeted for shutdown
BY William Matthews
Nov. 13, 2002
Having persuaded the Energy Department to pull the plug on
PubScience, a Web site that offered free access to scientific and
technical articles, commercial publishers are taking aim at
government-funded information services offering free legal and
"We are looking into a couple of other databases and agencies," said
David LeDuc, public policy director at the Software and Information
After more than a year of pressing Congress and the Bush
administration, the SIIA succeeded Nov. 4 in having PubScience shut
down. The association's members include publishing companies that
offer some of the same articles for sale over the Internet that the
Energy Department was making available for free.
SIAA's own release on this subject:
The following Q&A is designed to provide basic information about
Is SIIA responsible for DOE's decision to discontinue PubSCIENCE?
DOE conducted a long, careful review of its Internet-based
information resources, and held an open comment period for the
public to respond to a proposal to discontinue PubSCIENCE. SIIA was
one of many interested parties that provided insights and analysis.
We strongly support this open, fair review process.
Why does the SIIA support DOE's decision? Since the inception of
PubSCIENCE in 1999, SIIA has argued that DOE should discontinue
PubSCIENCE because it provides access to a database of bibliographic
information that duplicates and competes with databases made
available by private sector publishers.
Does SIIA oppose the government providing access to government
information? No. SIIA recognizes that government information is
public, by law, and we are strong advocates for maintaining public
access to government (public) information. Moreover, SIIA is a
leading advocate for maintaining a diversity of sources through
which the public has access to government information, including
both public and private sources. SIIA continues to support DOE
efforts that do not compete with existing private sector services,
such as the DOE Information Bridge, which provides access to its own
research and development reports-an example of effective
More corporate ugliness at a cost to the public.
Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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