JSTOR Opens Access to Its Early Journal Content (Thanks, Aaron Swartz)

Audrey Watters, Hack Education, Sept 08, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Thanks, Aaron Swartz," writes Audrey Watters as JSTOR announces that it will open access to the academic journals in its library that are public domain (Aaron Swartz was arrested for attempting to download these public domain materials - coverage here and here). The Chronicle also covers the story, citing a JSTOR representative as saying this had nothing to do with Swartz (yeah, right, they were just accidentally enclosing public domain content all along and just happened to realize that maybe the content belonged to everyone, not just them). "We are taking this step as part of our continuous effort to provide the widest possible access to the content on JSTOR while ensuring the long-term preservation of this important material," Ms. Brown wrote. "We considered whether to delay or accelerate this action, largely out of concern that people might draw incorrect conclusions about our motivations."
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