I would like to make three comments on this very timely article:
1. There is a 2005 article by John Willinsky, in FirstMonday, developing this line of reasoning:
The unacknowledged convergence of open source, open access, and open science by John Willinsky
2. Stevan Harnad fiercely and insistently resists the idea of any similarity between the Free Software/Open Source movements and the Open Access movement as can be confirmed by visiting the American Scientist discussion list he moderates:
3. I personally agree much more with the author's and Willinsky's view of convergence than with Harnad's arguments of deep differences. However, I should sadly point out one major, factual and measurable differrence: while the free software/open source movements catch fire like hay and disseminate very easily the open access movement experiences great difficulty to gather steam. Actually, this opens up a very interesting and intriguing question: why is that?
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