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Petition Seeks Public Sharing of Code

Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5540.27a

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A group of software developers has started a petition demanding that the government require scientists to deposit the guts of their taxpayer-funded software into public collections. Although the 3-week-old petition ( has so far garnered just a few dozen signatures, it has sparked widespread debate.