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words of wisdom, philosophical basements of the open source principle applied to science

"As we enjoy great advantages from inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously."

Benjamin Franklin

Information systems start small and grow. They also start isolated and then merge. A new system must allow existing systems to be linked together without requiring any central control or coordination.

Tim Berners-Lee, in the original proposal of the world wide web from 1989

"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win".