Commentary: NIH?

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What is the NIH Public Access policy? How does the distinction between "Open" and "Free" play out in this realm? What parallels and contrasts do you see with respect to software?

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NIH Public Access Policy requires documents of National Institute of Health to be publicly available within 12 months after publishing. This idea is stem from the freedom of speech which includes the right to know. In the case of free/open software, source codes are available from the beginning.

--Mikio. 12:14, 3 Sep 2008.