The EU member states’ ministers for research and innovation unanimously signed the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science in May. Proponents claim that mandatory open access policies champion the general public’s interests. But is that really the case?
A 1563 description of a mysterious fish claims this is so oily it can fuel lamps, and develops from another fish, which can be used to catch wasps. How can we make sense of descriptions containing outrageous claims such as these?
How to call a fish by its name? A brief historical reading of a contemporary debate.