The question of access continues to plague the academic community—if academia is truly about knowledge and discovery, why are there still so many barriers to the unfettered sharing of information? The architects of digital “pirate libraries” around the world are trying to resolve that contradiction, violating copyright laws to bring expensive scholarly materials to the researchers (and data-hungry laypeople) who need them....more
Posts Tagged: data
As the amount of digital data in the world balloons, so do the costs of storing that data.
Some scientists are experimenting with ways to save data on a “device” much older—but also much more efficient—than hard drives: DNA itself.
The first thing they encoded on a double helix of nucleotides?...more
What do Stephen Merritt, Hilton Als, and Tony Hawk have in common?
According to Fred Benenson’s data, nothing—not even the books on their shelves.
Benenson’s “girlfriend/lady partner” Thessaly La Force is one of the two minds behind My Ideal Bookshelf (the other is Jane Mount), and he used the data from that book to create graphs that are as cool to look at as they are interesting....more