I have now reached Novosibirsk and will be offline for a bit more than a week. In the interim, this may be interesting: “ScienceOnline2011 interview with John Hawks”
The web has made it possible to share data on a wide scale as we see today in genetics, astronomy, and other data-intensive fields. The human fossil record is a drop in the bucket compared to the data that will be collected every night by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. And those astronomical data will all be open. What is stopping us from making the human fossil record available to schoolkids all over the world?