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Institutions of higher learning depend very much on access to other knowledge resources. Therefore, commercial distribution of knowledge resources can become a barrier for academic communication by raising costs for higher education. At the same time collaboration within higher education, particularly in research, has long been part of accepted practice, often driven by the scale of the challenge but usually from a collegiate ethos and a desire to impart knowledge and experience as widely as possible. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) community in higher education shares in and benefits from this spirit of collaboration both in terms of creating leading-edge infrastructures and through a free exchange of knowledge and experience.
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