Posts Tagged: JSTOR

Mary Somerville: Journalist, Scientist

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Matthew Wills revisits the life and career of Mary Somerville, a 19th century scientist, translator, and a popular science journalist. Somerville also has a notable place in linguistic history: the word scientist was first used in a review of her book, On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences, in 1834.

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The Art of Inventing Language

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Chi Luu writes for JSTOR Daily on the popularity of invented languages, ranging from the mystical language created by a 12th century abbess to contemporary constructed languages such as Esperanto and Klingon.

Invented languages found in literature are really examples of linguistic artistry, language for art’s sake, not necessarily for real world utility or universality….

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The Start of Visual Literacy

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For JSTOR Daily, Allana Mayer writes about what it means to master visual literacy. Mayer specifically addresses the idea that libraries and galleries digitizing their content will instantly make people more literate with visual art. Instead, competency with visual art should be measured by the ability to contextualize and analyze work made available in these open collections.

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A Success for Public Access to Information!

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Remember when Aaron Swartz challenged the US Government by illegally downloading over 4 million articles from JSTOR, in hopes of breaking down the barriers that prevent public access to information?

He was facing some major charges including a million dollar fine and major prison time, but JSTOR just announced the optimistic news that “all its out-of-copyright journal articles have been made freely available worldwide.” Though JSTOR doesn’t credit Swartz directly or fully for this change, they did mention in the FAQs that “recent events did have an impact on our planning.” Awesome!

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Open Knowledge vs. US Government

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Aaron Swartz, former Demand Progress Executive Director, political activist and Cambridge Web Entrepreneur, was arrested for illegally downloading over 4 million articles from the nonprofit subscription-based internet archive, JSTOR. Swartz’s activism is directed towards the “free flow of information,” and “commitment to open knowledge.”

The charges against him include “wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer.

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