Hacking JSTOR

Digital Scholars meeting
When: Thursday, September 22, 1:00-2:00 pm
Where: Williams Building, Skybox conference room (fourth floor)
Who: Anyone is welcome to attend and join the discussion.

Hacking JSTOR: A conversation with Law Professor and Library Director Faye Jones

In July of this year, an internet activist named Aaron Swartz was arrested after downloading millions of files from the scholarly archive JSTOR. In a recent article in The Guardian, George Monbiot fumed about the exploitative economics of academic publishers who “make Murdoch look like a socialist.” Last week, JSTOR announced free access to a major segment of its archive in the public domain, a move applauded by cultural commons advocates including Lawrence Lessig.

For the first meeting of the Digital Scholars research group, we will follow these notable developments within the changing economic, political, and legal landscape of scholarly communications and access. Our guide will be Professor Faye Jones, Director of the Research Center at Florida State University College of Law (a.k.a. the FSU law library), and an expert on computer and internet law. Professor Jones will lead discussion about the significance and lasting consequences of these fascinating current events.

Four brief readings are recommended in advance of the meeting:

  1. John Schwartz, “Open-Access Advocate Arrested for Huge Download,” The New York Times, July 19, 2011, sec. U.S., http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/20compute.html?_r=1&ref=us.
  2. George Monbiot, “Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist,” The Guardian (London, August 29, 2011), http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/aug/29/academic-publishers-murdoch-socialist.
  3. Laura Brown, “JSTOR–Free Access to Early Journal Content and Serving ‘Unaffiliated’ Users,” JSTOR, September 7, 2011, http://about.jstor.org/news-events/news/jstor%E2%80%93free-access-early-journal-content.
  4. Jennifer Howard, “JSTOR Opens Up U.S. Journal Content From Before 1923,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wired Campus, September 7, 2011, http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/jstor-opens-up-u-s-journal-content-from-before-1923/33057.

Any questions, please email the organizer. Hope to see you there!

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