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

Garrett Smith dhtmlkitchen at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 04:56:23 UTC 2015


On 10/4/15, Vicky <vknoxsironi at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library
> ~v
> 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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