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Balancing Scientific Publication and National Security
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- Subject: Balancing Scientific Publication and National Security
- From: "Hamaker, Chuck" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 21:34:04 -0500 (EST)
I recommend reading "Balancing Scientific Publication and National Security Concerns: Issues for Congress" Jan. 10, 2003 by Dana A. Shea, Consultant, Resources, Science and Industry Division. Congressional Research Service/Libary of Congress. X-edited-by: email@example.com Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2003 21:33:47 EST Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com X-Listprocessor-Version: 8.2 -- ListProc(tm) by CREN Precedence: bulk http://www.fas.org/irp/crs/RL31695.pdf The review discusses proposals for addressing "sensitive" but not classified information that might impact biological, chemical or other areas of security. Although the report mentions discussions among Scientists, Societies, Editors and Journal publishers, it mentions no inclusion of librarians or library organizations in the ongoing discussions. I believe this is a significant error. At least one proposal mentioned would directly impact library support and access of the scientific literature. (others would as well, but -read the report..) "It has been suggested that access to sensitive, but unclassified research esults could be controlled by the publisher through secure, password-controlled websites." (see page CRS-25 of the report) This proposal was made in : R.A. Zilinskas and J.B. Tucker, "Limiting the Contribution of the Open Scientific iterature to the Biological Weapons Threat," Journal of Homeland Security, (December 2002, an article available at a free journal site: <http://www.homelandsecurity.org/journal/> Journal of Homeland Security which is a peer reviewed journal provided by ANSER. Libraries pay publishers for journals for campus access. This proposal, for example, implies that institutionally purchased e-journals would have areas that only certain individuals on campus might have rights to access. Chuck Hamaker
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