[Noisebridge-discuss] sci/med journal access in hackerspaces?

Vicky vknoxsironi at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 04:45:44 UTC 2015

Hi Praveen, 

I know that Wikipedia has a project that allows editors free access to some 
journals for their Wikipedia-related research. The database list isn't 
fixed either--you can use the project as a proxy for requesting new access 
to previously untapped databases. Perhaps there is something in this model 
to be borrowed? Here's more info: 


On Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:17:05 AM UTC-7, praveen sinha wrote:
> Hi folks,
> 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 
> do this:
>            * 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 
> <http://district.life/2015/10/02/launching-the-first-medical-makerspace-in-the-usa/>).  
> 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!
> Love,
> Praveen
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