Preservation of the Scientific Public Domain
DRAFT of A PROPOPOSAL
PROGRAM: P2P for Science.
The program might be tentatively called OPENDRAWERS or P2PSCIENCE. This would be a technical and legal feasability study of using Peer to Peer technology to share scientific information such as articles and books. The P2P technology might be a way to supplement Open Archives repository, by providing a kind of a distributed sets of mirrors. The P2P technology might be used beyond this usage, to really share drawers's content between scientists, to be a scientific KaZaa. However, the search criteria are quite crude in KaZaa, and for science, the criteria must be somewhat more refined. The P2P interface should be coupled with an electronic archive management software that should allow a scientist to manage and retrieve easily his/her documents in his/her own local archive. Each scientist archive might be divided into 2 parts : one private ( could be encrypted ) and one public that is shared by P2P. This project should be implemented with an existing Open Source P2P software like OpenP2P , Gnucleus, or the encrypted FreeNet project.
Dr. Francis Muguet is a research scientist at ENSTA, Paris, France.
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He is on the Board of MDPI.