This is a great article. Thanks for sharing.
It is a long read, but it gives a very good overview to the circumstances that led to the creation of the internet and its effects on scientific knowledge.
There is a reason why listening professors talking about doing research in the library using index cards seems so far removed from the current computer-based research workflow.
I think there are probably a lot of professors who have not taken the great leap forward…
On a more serious note the open publication of scientific work is really important as it lets everyone test out the knowledge for themselves, but also to link disparate strands of knowledge.