Stephen E. Arnold: Adam Smith of Wired on It’s Gonna Get a Lot Easier to Break Science Journal Paywalls

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Stephen E. Arnold

It’s Gonna Get a Lot Easier to Break Science Journal Paywalls


For example the Chan Zuckerberg Initative, philanthropic arm of the founder of Facebook, is working on something aimed at increasing access. The founders of Mendeley have a new, venture-backed PDF finder called Kopernio. A browser extension called Unpaywall roots around the web for free PDFs of articles.

A particularly novel web crawler comes from the non-profit Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Semantic Scholar pores over a corpus of 40 million citations in computer science and biomedicine, and extracts the tables and charts as well as using machine learning to infer meaningful cites as “highly influential citations,” a new metric. Almost a million people use it every month.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: This is one of the best article I have read on the general topic of why Elsivier (and Thomson Reuters and others are other ilk) are — like Central Banks — destined for the tar pit of history. The author misses the second half of the story, to wit that all he writes about is at best 1% of 1% of what is known, but if and when he does get to that story, it is sure to be a blockbuster and perhaps even a book.

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Robert Steele: Creating a Post-Western Independent Internet

Amazon Kindle: Creating a Post-Western (Post-Google) Internet: An Open Source Internet Can Create Peace and Prosperity for All (Trump Revolution Book 22)

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