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

John Menerick omgponies3145 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 3 17:50:18 UTC 2015


While I will refrain from the hacker space inquiry, San Jose state's library is a public library.  Which means anyone may query their entire catalog and request assets from other institutions.   

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> On Oct 3, 2015, at 1:17 PM, Praveen Sinha <dmhomee at gmail.com> 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" 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).  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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