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...'"