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September issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter

* Announcement (cross-posted) *

I just mailed the September issue of the SPARC Open Access 
Newsletter.  This issue includes the concluding installment of 
the essay started in the August issue on William Garvey's 1979 
observation  that "in some disciplines, it is easier to repeat an 
experiment than it is to determine that the experiment has 
already been done."  In Part 2, I connect OA with three 
variations on Garvey's theme:  when we we want to redo past work, 
to test its results, when we inadvertently redo past work, 
thinking it's new, and when we don't want to redo past work, or 
look it up, because we've allowed knowledge to become taboo and 
replaced curiosity with a defensive preference for what we 
already believe. 

The roundup section briefly notes 137 OA developments from 

September 2010 issue 

How to subscribe and unsubscribe to the newsletter and discussion 
forum. http://www.arl.org/sparc/publications/soan

The current and back issues are all open access, of course. 


Peter Suber
Senior Researcher, SPARC
Berkman Fellow, Harvard University
Research Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College
Open Access Project Director, Public Knowledge