EFF: Students Re-Launch Open Access Button App for Free Access to Paywall Research

Categories: Access

eff logoStudents Re-Launch Open Access Button App to Find Free Access to Scientific and Scholarly Research

Millions of people use research everyday. From students, medical professionals, to curious hobbyists, we all benefit from being able to access, read, and cite reliable, tested information. But getting the research we need can be hard and costly when it’s locked up behind expensive paywalls. Two university students, David Carroll and Joseph McArthur, were finally fed up with being denied access to online journals and articles that were necessary to continue their studies—so they decided to take matters into their own hands. The result was Open Access Button, a browser-based tool that records users’ collisions with paywalls and aids them in finding freely accessible copies of those research articles. The previous version had over 5,000 users and mapped nearly 10,000 encounters with paywalled research.

The new apps are available both for mobile phones and web browsers, and can be downloaded at openaccessbutton.org.

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Oct 23

OSE Translator – Spanish – Sebastian Sepulveda

Categories: Spanish
Sebastian Sewpulveda

Sebastian Sepulveda

My name is Sebastián Sepúlveda a Spanish language and Literature teacher from Universidad de Chile, Santiago.

When I finished the four-year Literature degree, I started pedagogy studies while working in a secondary school. After obtaining my teacher credential, I continued working as a school teacher. I also started post-graduate studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Here, I began to improve my teaching ability using drama and acting techniques.

In the next three years, I had a regular job as a teacher in a private school. At the same time I attended literature workshops, enrolling in English courses which left little time for sports, to swim and my big passion, cycling! At the end of 2013, after tasting the routine, the ups and downs of a teacher’s life, I started to feel a little bit trapped by the system. It seemed to be overrun by the power of the unmovable structures. They don’t help the kids, instead stifling their growth, their minds, their futures. We need to change the system, but how? In the meantime, I’ve decided that it was time to learn about life. Nowadays I am travelling on bicycle around South America, trying to learn those things that academia cannot teach. Right now I am also contributing to a project entitled, HANDS AROUND SOUTH AMERICA.

OSE Manifesto in Spanish – Chapter 1

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Oct 23

OSE Manifesto in Spanish – Chapter 1

Sebastian Sewpulveda

Sebastian Sewpulveda

The OSE Manifesto is being translated into Chinese, French, and Spanish. Here is the first chapter in Spanish.

Capítulo 1: “Ábrete Sésamo”

Translated by Sebastian Sepulveda

“Fuente-Abierta Total” es un concepto filosófico y cultural que es esencial para la creación de un mundo próspero y en armonía, un mundo que funcione con un 100% de humanidad. Como sabemos, la formación industrial del Estado, las compañías y la Iglesia, no cubren todas nuestras necesidades; son exclusivas más que inclusivas, jerárquicas en vez de igualitarias. Fomentan la corrupción y permiten una indignante concentración de riqueza en manos de unos pocos. Al margen de esta atrocidad ética, una concentración de tal naturaleza desestabiliza cualquier economía; ésta se vuelve disfuncional y la semilla de la economía, Nosotros el Pueblo, el 90%, terminamos siendo devorados por lo que es en esencia un hongo moral, un cáncer, engendrado por el 1%.

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Oct 21

Jean Lievens: Open Content (Open Data) Creates More Content (Data) …

Categories: Data
Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Wikipedia’s open content production platform creates significant spillover benefits that encourage users to contribute further.

Many organisations are developing open platforms to create, store and share knowledge. Aleksi Aaltonen and Stephan Seiler analyse editing data by Wikipedia users to show how content creation by individuals generates significant ‘spillover’ benefits, encouraging others to contribute to the collective process of knowledge production. 

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Oct 19

UN Paper: Beyond Data Monitoring – Achieving the Sustainability Development Goals Through Intelligence (Decision-Support) Integrating Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything

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Beyond Data Monitoring – Achieving the Sustainability Development Goals Through Intelligence (Decision-Support) Integrating Holistic Analytics, True Cost Economics, and Open Source Everything

BACKGROUND RESEARCH PAPER

Submitted to the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

DOC (23 Pages): Beyond Data Monitoring 3.4

Translatable Full Text Below the Fold
배 아래에 번역 전체 텍스트
Traduzível texto completo abaixo da dobra
النص الكامل للترجمة تحت طية
翻译全文下方折
Diterjemahkan Full Text bawah Lipat
ਫੋਲਡ ਹੇਠ ਅਨੁਵਾਦ ਪੂਰਾ ਪਾਠ
Перевести Полный текст ниже раза

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Oct 14

Berto Jongman: Harvard to Journal Publishers – Piss Off! Open Access Here We Come…

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Harvard University says it can’t afford journal publishers’ prices

University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls

Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to make their research freely available through open access journals and to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls.

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Oct 13

Sepp Hassberger: 3-D Printed Open Source Roadster

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Can local manufacturing compete with automobile mass production? It seems that yes, it can. The technology will improve as time goes on and you can’t beat the price…

3-D Printed Car: NY Daily News Autos gets a ride in the Local Motors “Strati” 3-D printed roadster

The world’s first 3-D printed car is now a reality, and the Daily News Autos got to ride in the car of the future on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Engineered and built by Phoenix-based Local Motors, the 2-passenger roadster, called the “Strati,” can be printed in 44 hours and has a top speed of approximately 50 mph.

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EXTRACT

“This is about simplification and streamlining,” explains Jay Rogers, co-founder and CEO of Local Motors. Rogers was present to give us a tour of the Strati and explain, exactly, 3-D printing tech brings to the automotive world. “All this material you’re looking at,” he says, pointing to the car, “is about $3,500 dollars.”

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Granted, it’s not pretty, but the prototypes ridged edges can be smoothed over with human-powered grinding and sanding. Paint can also be applied to the body-work, though this negates the Strati’s near 100-percent recyclability.

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Oct 10