Article: Copernicus: the treasure in the sky helping science and the climate with free and open data

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Copernicus: the treasure in the sky helping science and the climate with free and open data

Due to human activity, most notably through rampant air pollution and urban expansion, humans have pushed the Earth system into a state that’s outside the range of the last half million years or so. Studying and quantifying the Earth’s system is thus of the utmost importance — and this is no easy task because it’s all ridiculously complex.

Luckily, the technology and tools we’ve come to develop are also sophisticated, helping us rise to the challenge of understanding the Earth system’s past states, monitoring present conditions in real time, and predicting how the system could look like in the future. This is where Copernicus, ‘Europe’s eye on Earth’, comes in.

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Article: Open access to science – its implications discussed in UK raport

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Open access to science – its implications discussed in UK raport

Today, only 10% of the currently published scientific papers are open access; freely available to the public online in their entirety. A recently published report commissioned by the UK’s Minister of Science encourages scientists to publish their works in open access journal and claims the benefits of an open access system outweigh the downsides.

The team of experts who oversaw the report was lead by Dame Janet Finch , who argues that the issue at hand first of all possess a powerful “moral” case. Science should be free and available to everyone is the conclusion which the reports seems to reach. This would, however, mean that scientific journals should lift their dreaded “pay-walls” and cancel their paid subscriptions.

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