Victoria Stodden, Jason Hoyt, Cameron Neylon and Peter Murray-Rust answer questions from the audience during the opening session of the 2010 Open Science Summit.
The objectives of the Open Science Summit are to create an annual flagship event and news hub to build and maintain the identity of the international Open Science Movement and organize the various sub-communities into an effective, global, socio-technological force for rapid change in science/innovation policy.
Jason Hoyt is Vice-President, Research & Development and Chief Scientist at Mendeley. He holds a PhD in Genetics from Stanford University where he was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH predoctoral fellowship from 2002-2007.
Peter Murray-Rust leads a research group in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University. Co-creator of the Chemical Markup Language (CML), he has long been a pioneer of data exchange and information-mining in the chemical sciences. Firmly committed to promoting openness and data availability throughout the discipline, he recently started the world-wide molecular matrix, the largest open online repository of molecular information in the world.
Cameron Neylon works at the the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the UK's major provider and supporter of large scale academic research facilities, including synchrotrons, neutron sources, and high powered lasers. He writes a blog called Science in the Open.
Victoria Stodden is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Kauffman Fellow in Law at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She is a Fellow at Science Commons, and was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow at M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, and a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Dr. Stodden's work focuses on open innovation in scientific research and developing practical methods to facilitate sharing of scientific knowledge. She obtained her Ph.D in statistics from Stanford University, then completed her M.L.S. from Stanford Law School while teaching Empirical Legal Analysis and Statistical Inference as a Lecturer in Law.
During the opening session of the 2010 Open Science Summit, Victoria Stodden, Cameron Neylon, and Peter Murray-Rust share obstacles that intellectual property and patent concerns create during scientific research.
Achievements in science, technologies, and art of are fruits of the collective efforts of the human race over the time. The advance in these activities is possible only if it is based on the existing, accumulated experience - knowledge. Science and technologies were relatively accessible, open, through the human history. Only since the capitalist society they became more and more closed and inaccessible. This is because the capitalists are obsessed with their profiting and want to extract more of it. As result, we have the unnatural and retrograde idea of “intellectual property.” This must be abolished.