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Discussion in 'Projects' started by Anonymous, Jun 20, 2013.

  1. Anonymous Member

    Hey,
    Let me introduce myself and my idea so that you can understand.
    I'm a student, and a long (well, a few years) fan of Anonymous' actions.
    When Aaron Swartz killed himself a few months ago, I was just depressed. I had the chance to discuss with him at Wikimedia's headquarter in San Francisco, and I thought that he was an incredibly brillant guy.
    He fought against access restrictions to knowledge. And I think this is big. Researchers are producing papers for free; They are peer reviewed for free; and yet researchers are charging huge sums of money.
    I don't want to pay 206euros for a book about the evolution of the brain in primates like Elsevier wants to charge me.
    I think Anonymous should try to get into the servers of Elsevier, Springer and guys like that to download their pdfs, which are, literally, ours. What do you think?
    Anonymous
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  2. Anonymous Member

    We should also encourage researchers and scientists to participate in future.
    The vision

    The web has revolutionized many aspects of our everyday life, from media to education and business. But even though the web was invented by scientists, we still have not yet seen it change scientific practice to nearly the same extent. In scientific research, we’re dealing with special circumstances, trying to innovate upon hundreds of years of entrenched norms and practices, broken incentive structures and gaps in training that are dramatically slowing down the system, keeping us from making the steps forward needed to better society.
    The aim of the Science Lab is to foster an ongoing dialogue between the open web community and researchers to tackle this challenge. Together they'll share ideas, tools and best practices for using next-generation web solutions to solve real problems in science, and explore ways to make research faster, more agile and collaborative.
    Initial focus areas

    Digital literacy for science

    Digital literacy is as important as reading, writing and arithmetic. In academia, skills training to match the tools and technology is still leagues behind where it should be. We need to find a way to better empower students to be "digital researchers" by shortening the gap and providing the means for them to learn how to share, reuse and reproduce research on the web.
    Software Carpentry

    Software Carpentry helps researchers be more productive by teaching them basic computing skills. Its volunteers have run over 90 intensive two-day boot camps at dozens of sites around the world in the last 18 months for over 2500 scientists, and the site provides open access material online for self-paced instruction. For more on Software Carpentry, visit their website.
    Support and innovate with the community

    There are some incredible tools out there pushing the limits to what the future of science on the web can be. We want to help support that work as well as find ways to help coordinate efforts and innovate together.
    Convening a global conversation

    Science is a global enterprise, and this needs to be a global conversation. We want to make sure we are getting tools into the hands of the people who need them most, and continually soliciting your thoughts about how we can, together, work towards more open, efficient science on the web.
    The team

    • Kaitlin Thaney (Director, Mozilla Science Lab): Kaitlin came to Mozilla from Digital Science, a technology company that works to make research more efficient through better use of software. She also advises the UK government on digital technology, is a Director for DataKind UK, and chairs the London Strata Conference series on big data. Prior to Mozilla and Digitial Science, Kaitlin managed the science program at Creative Commons, worked on education technology with MIT and Microsoft, and wrote for the Boston Globe. You can follow her at @kaythaney.
    • Amy Brown (administration, Software Carpentry): Amy handles communication and scheduling for Software Carpentry. In her other life, she's a freelance editor and self-publishing consultant.
    How to get involved

    Support

    The Mozilla Science Lab is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. If you'd like to find out how you too can support the Science Lab, contact us.
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  3. Anonymous Member

    You must be pretty new here, otherwise you would know better than to ask people to commit a crime.

    Researchers dont work for free. They're not scientology sea org slaves. They get paid a salary by a university or research institute or company.

    Researcher do not charge money for their work, they almost never own the copyright to their journal papers, and don't even get royalties like book authors do.

    Publishers of textbooks and research journals are a for profit business who take on the risk of publishing costs. They spend a ton of money to edit, arrange, and print their journals and books. If the book or journal doesn't sell, the company loses money, if it does sell they make money, just like any other business. The owners of the company take on that risk, and they deserve to keep any profits for having taken on the risk. Without people risking to lose their money there would be no publishers and there would be no books or research journals.

    If you are not happy with this, then rather than calling for criminal acts because you would rather spend your money on beer than textbooks, why don't you do something productive, like say advocating for non-profit publication of academic research. I'm sure you could make yourself useful if really care about that.
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  4. anonamus Member

    Now that's what I call a sound advice! Hail Xenu!

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