[Noisebridge-discuss] sci/med journal access in hackerspaces?
dmhomee at gmail.com
Sat Oct 3 17:17:04 UTC 2015
I've asked this question before in private with not a lot of good
responses, but I'll put it out to a wider audience. One of the things that
is nice about being a university is full online journal access.
For myself, in the past I've had friends inside a uni run an underground
proxy server for me so I can access said licensed content ("Right to Read
<http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.en.html>" anyone?). UC
Berkeley offers the general public library access for $100 a year, which is
great but cost prohibitive for starving hackers
My question is: is there someway we can get hackerspaces and members forge
a path to having access to non-open access journals? Maybe through some
sort of library grant, or charity access, or something? My library
knowledge here falls short. But there are multiple great reasons for us to
* accelerate research and innovation at a grassroots/citizen
level. One of the biggest wins I see here is with citizen driven disease
research (austin just opened a medical hackerspace
Can you imagine what the cyborg group could do with a broader network?
* open access journals are great, but the coverage falls short
* for a lot of folks who have never had access to a university,
it's simply a matter of fair educational access
* it can encourage projects to re-invent journal access itself
Would love to hear ideas or possible points of contact!
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