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NewsFactor SciTech: Open-Source Software Debate Reaches Ivory Towers

Sep 16, 2003, 12:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"The near-absolute democracy of open-source software is tantamount to academic peer review, the process by which important research passes the scrutiny of expert critics to get published in major journals, argues a Stanford University researcher.

"'I have equated the open-source system to the system of peer review in academia,' writes Sanatan Rai, of Stanford's management science and engineering department. 'The advantages of the latter are clear to all, and the same advantages can be found in the case of open-source software development...'"

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