According to the Open Access News:
“The American Chemical Society is calling on Congress to shut down the NIH’s PubChem, a freely accessible database on small organic molecules. PubChem is an important component of NIH’s Molecular Libraries Initiative, which is a key element of the NIH “road map” for medical research. ACS claims that PubChem competes with Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). In reality, PubChem and the Chemical Abstracts Service databases are complementary, not duplicative.”
Patrice McDermott has written an excellant overview of the issues.
How many of these excellant services are going to be lost or sold off to the private sector before people catch on? PubScience, Eric, now PubChem. Agricola? National Weather Service? OUR government information systems are being sold off or shut down because of bogus competition claims. And this isn’t a recent phenomena. See The Scientist, November 20, 2002.
[Thanks once again Peter Suber!]
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