In 2003 PLoS launched a medical and scientific publishing venture, committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource. PLoS provides high-quality, high-profile journals in which scientists and physicians may publish their works. The works are immediately made available online, with no access charges and no restrictions, except for giving credit to the authors. The importance of the PLoS is hard to understate. Many librarians and scientists around the world consider the PLoS to be the most important open source project, as you've heard on this show by Mike Linkvayer and Richard Jefferson.
My guests today ar Mark Patterson and Ginny Barber, both editors at the Public Library of Science.
My guest today on open views is Richard Jefferson, creator of the Biological Ope Source license, and founder of Cambia, a foundation based in Australia. Cambia creates tools to foster innovation and a sprit of collaboration in the life scinces.
Today's guest is Abhas Abhinav. Abhas leads the team at DeepRootLinux (on the web at deeproot.in) and in Bangalore india. DeepRoot provides custom linux solutions, and also a Messaging Server, which is an email server, which is something that virtually every company - small, medium or large, requires today. Their deepofix solution is, according to them "the most complete, flexible and simplest mail server in the free software world".
Abhas spoke with me about what got him on the path to free software, and how he has dealt with running a business around an open source product, which is basically available for free from their site.
Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004).
Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals,including American Scholar, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM, Salon.com, openDemocracy.net,
Janet Hope's PhD thesis was titled Open Source Biotechnology.
In 2002 Janet was awarded the APN Media Dialogica Award for Excellence in Scholarly Communication for an essay on complexity and risk in biotechnology. She has recently completed a series of papers on biotechnology regulation in New Zealand and is currently working full-time on her PhD at the Law Program, Research School of Social Sciences, under the supervision of Professor Peter Drahos (RegNet, ANU). She is also affiliated with the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, which together with the Law Program is funding the project.
Janet spoke to me about what Open Source means in Biotechnology.