Open Source and it’s natural enemies – bureaucracy, special interests, and plain old politics

The CA “governator” is yet another of the more enlightened politicians to see the advantages of the open source approach. See how the attempt reduce cost and increase access to textbooks by using the open source approach faces an uphill battle.

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Lorie Obal

Peer Review – just like with “closed source” text books. Considering the difficulties outlined in the article aboutgetting past this process to have a text approved for use in CA, it sounds like this challenge has an answer. It must be pointed out that the review process for supposedly “authoritative” works isn’t a guarantee either. Check out the latest scandal with a phony peer reviewed journal backed by big pharma. Given the potential to push agendas behind closed doors in the textbook review process, I’d much rather see the doors open to public scrutiny.