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Why academic software should be Open Source

Abstract : Everyone has heard about "free software" and "open source", but what those terms actually mean is not always very clear, even for people that produce software. First of all, I will briefly explain those terms, and the reader will see that the open source philosophy has many ideas in common with Science. Then, I will define what I mean by "academic software" and I will present some arguments in order to show that Science would benefit a lot if scientists that produce software released them as open source
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Sébastien Paumier. Why academic software should be Open Source. INFOtheca : Journal of Information and Library Science, Serbian Academic Library Association, 2009, 10 (1-2), pp.51-54. ⟨hal-00621556⟩