Lack of access to governmental information has had significant negative consequences for both the environment and human health. This first Lewis M.
Ideally, scientific knowledge should be available to everyone, regardless of the "owner." Of course, in real life, there are many reasons, including at least the perception that it may be in the best interest of national security, for restricting access to knowledge. But, since science is a process of discovery about the universe in which we live, and this process is currently being conducted by scientists around the world, is the restriction of scientific data even possible? And, if it's not possible, then doesn't it make sense to make that data accessible?