The science in this presentation was fascinating and the argument for the release of data to the web under creative commons I agree with. This is the overview on the TED website.
"How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.
William Noel is a curator who believes museums should make their collections free and available on the Internet."
I see that the British Library are following this same approach and have a very good page about access and reuse of the material.