Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This is what Open Access is all about!

Cambridge University announced the availability of selected papers from Sir Isaac Newton in their new digital library collection.  On the Cambridge University website, Anne Jarvis, University Librarian states, "We want to make our collections accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a thirst for knowledge."  The Newton papers are part of their "Foundations in Science" collection "will focus on original scientific manuscripts, beginning with the papers of Isaac Newton and his contemporaries. Cambridge University Library has very strong collections in the history of science. In addition to our Newton collections, the Library holds the papers of, among many other famous scientists, Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Adam Sedgwick, J.J. Thomson, Ernest Rutherford, James Clerk Maxwell and Sir George Gabriel Stokes. The Library holds the archives of Cambridge's famous Cavendish Laboratory and is also the repository of the Royal Greenwich Observatory archives, which includes the papers of the Astronomers Royal and the Board of Longitude." [From their website]