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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Poem about Science and the Web

I just came across Stevan Harnad's poem "Publish or Perish" on Christina's LIS Rant.

Open Source Science advocates, savor this stanza:
For showbiz being what it is today,
work's not enough, you've got to make it pay.
What ratings, sweeps and polls count for our actors,
no less than our elected benefactors,
for Science the commensurate equation
is not just publication but citation.
The more your work is accessed, read and used,
the higher then is reckoned its just dues.
Sounds crass, but there may be some consolation,
where there's still some residual motivation
to make a difference, not just make a fee:
the World Wide Web at last can make Science free.


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