A scientific basis for Open Source Software
Posted May 18, 2012 22:39 UTC (Fri) by JoeBuck
Parent article: A scientific basis for Open Source Software
The scientific argument is that independent researchers must be able to determine how the results were produced, so they need to be able to see the source code and ideally include an analysis of the code as part of the review process if the results depend on it. But this doesn't require that every provision of the DFSG be honored; for example, many researchers make their software available "for research purposes only", hoping to commercialize it later.
That said, for research that gets taxpayer funds the taxpayer shouldn't have to pay twice (once to fund the development, again if they want to use the results), and we wouldn't want reviewers, who are peers in the same field, from being prevented from developing similar but improved software.
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