White House honors arXiv founder
The White House will honor Cornell's Paul Ginsparg as a Champion of Change June 20. Ginsparg, professor of physics and of information science, is one of 13 people who promote and use open scientific data and publications to accelerate progress who will be honored.
Ginsparg created the Internet e-Print Archive, familiarly known as the arXiv, where researchers share their research papers online prior to publication in professional journals. arXiv, now based at Cornell, serves as the primary daily information feed for global communities of researchers in physics, mathematics, computer science and related fields. It has "leveled the playing field" by making research results available to scientists whose institutions may not subscribe to expensive journals, including many in third-world countries. arXiv supports hundreds of millions of full-text downloads per year by researchers and the general public.