For this assignment you need to read the NYTimes article "Cracking open the scientific access" by Thomas Lin (available from Blackboard, Readings folder), and also watch a VERY short movie clip about open access at the University at Albany, in which our own University at Albany faculty members present their own vision of open access and what it means to the academic community.
Write one or two paragraphs about your own understanding of open access. You can use questions below as a starting point or simply address them one by one.
1. Did any of the articles that you found for this class happen to be in open access? How can (or cannot) you tell?
2. Would open access affect science literacy one way or the other, i.e. would it help more people to gain understanding of scientific information, or is the idea of open access just for scientists to pay attention to?
3. Remember that scientific research is often proprietary, and not every success in the lab is shared with the world. There are patents involved, and other issues that might complicate sharing. Is this the world you prefer to function as a young scientist, or can you envision a different model? (It's OK to want to file for a patent!)
Your answers should be written in complete sentences (seven-eight at least) and present a good example of college writing. This assignment can gain you maximum 40 points.