From Keeping Nature’s Secrets to the Institutionalization of Open Science

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Article: Patronage, Reputation, and Common Agency Contracting in the Scientific Revolution: From Keeping ‘Nature’s Secrets’ to the Institutionalization of ‘Open Science’ Export. by: Paul A. David. SIEPR Policy paper No. 03-039 (2004)

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"About the history of open science, seen here as a tendency to publish results

  • scientists had to be supported by sponsors and patrons
  • support of scientists for "ornamental" purposes
  • hence the need for the new results to be known

(16th-17th cantury)"