Friday, June 6, 2008

The appeal of Jefferson's open source model

Lata Jishnu describes in detail how an Open Source economy could be created in the Research World. The article also describes the Open Source Drug Discovery Initiative by CSIR.

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Latha Jishnu / New Delhi May 28, 2008, 1:59 IST

Richard Anthony Jefferson is a rare breed of scientist, perhaps, one of a kind. It's not merely because he is a skilled juggler and dancer, and an accomplished musician who plays the blues, Celtic, bluegrass and other styles on his guitar and mandolin. The American-born molecular biologist, who runs the pathbreaking Cambia, a non-profit institute in Canberra, is what I'd call a people's scientist because he has steadfastly tried to democratise the mechanisms for sharing innovations and intellectual property. That's the anti-thesis of how the global patent system works. Here, IP is milked by the big corporations for all it is worth and for increasingly longer periods now.

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