Subscription scare fuels worries over who controls data that scholars need
from The Chronicle of Higher Education
A Twitter-fueled furor erupted recently after the Renaissance Society of America said that the database firm ProQuest had canceled the group’s subscription to a key collection of texts. The controversy didn’t last long — by Thursday afternoon, ProQuest had apologized, and said that the society’s access to the material remained in place. But for many academics, the incident stoked familiar anxieties about the role of companies like ProQuest in the future of scholarly research and publishing.
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