Sunday, January 29, 2012

Human research in the JSTOR dungeon

Step back and think about this picture. Universities that created this academic content for free must pay to read it. Step back even further. The public -- which has indirectly funded this research with federal and state taxes that support our higher education system -- has virtually no access to this material, since neighborhood libraries cannot afford to pay those subscription costs. Newspapers and think tanks, which could help extend research into the public sphere, are denied free access to the material. Faculty members are rightly bitter that their years of work reaches an audience of a handful, while every year, 150 million attempts to read JSTOR content are denied every year.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, I was just reading a story over at ars technica

Are we passing laws that make access to public information more difficult?

1/31/2012 8:44 AM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...


I'm sure there are better sources, but this is likely to be pretty current as a starting point:

I'm not sure there's much of a "conversation" here, just factions.

2/04/2012 3:46 PM  

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