Stanford Professor Larry Lessig has led the charge to insure that basic access to scientific and other kinds of research are available without charge. His book on this subject, The Future of Ideas, is available for free download. You may also wish to watch his talk given at TED which was titled How Creativity Is Being Strangled By The Law. Obviously I resonate with these concepts, and my blog is focused upon that goal. Thus, it is with great interest that I learn via Rafael Sidi's blog (Really Simple Sidi - RSS) of Google's entry into this domain:
Quoted from Wired Magazine - January 18, 2008: "Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain, http://research.google.com, will soon provide a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets. The storage will be free to scientists and access to the data will be free for all. The project, known as Palimpsest and previewed to the scientific community at the Science Foo camp at the Googleplex last August, missed its original launch date this week, but will debut soon."