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Sci-Hub reveals split in OA community

“Last week in popular media, Alexandra Elbakyan got a lot of screen time (also known as free advertising) and the response has been interesting. For those that have not been paying attention, Elbakyan runs Sci-Hub, a site that provides illegal access to over 47 million scholarly journal articles. You can read about Elbakyan’s mission in her own words here, here, and here. She sincerely believes that she is above the…

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Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age

Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice, and no place, save the Library of Congress, can match the collection at Harvard’s Law School Library. Its trove includes nearly every state, federal, territorial and tribal judicial decision since colonial times — a priceless potential resource for everyone from legal scholars to defense lawyers trying to challenge a criminal conviction. Now, in a digital-age sacrifice intended to serve…

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Open Science Initiative issues new paper, recommendations

In early September of 2014, nSCI recruited and organized over 100 thought-leaders from around the world into a three month long online conversation—named the Open Science Initiative (OSI) working group—to begin looking into viable ways to reform the scholarly publishing system. The outcome of this conversation will be a working paper (the most recent version is linked here) which summarizes the many important facts and perspectives that were discussed on…

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What do you mean by ‘STEM’?

It’s been about 20 years since the term STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) was first introduced by the National Science Foundation. The original goal was to consolidate and promote the concerns of various interest groups all seeking better technical education and literacy. Today, STEM programs are everywhere, but their definitions and goals have morphed and their impacts have been difficult to assess. For one, STEM is defined differently by…

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Journals & Science conference wrap-up

nSCI’s November 15, 2013 Journals & Science conference attracted around 130 delegates from across the country. This all-day event focused on exploring the communication pathways between science, the press and the public—the current processes, challenges, impacts, and areas in need of improvement. The proceedings of this event are provided below. A pdf version of the full program is available by clicking this button: Program Introduction SummaryAgendaKeynoteHistory HOW TO REBUILD TRUST…

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nSCI White Paper 1: Science Communication Today

First draft, April 2012. Copyright © 2012 National Science Communication Institute. Written by Glenn Hampson. Edited by Nissim Ezekiel, Ricardo Gomez, and Michael Hampson. Cover photo of Vancouver’s Science World by Bruce Irschick. Some rights reserved. Download pdf version: Science Communication Today Nearly every aspect of our lives today is infused with science and technology — from health care to finance to entertainment, from the food we eat to the…

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