[Air-L] Aaron's memorial - Air-L Digest, Vol 102, Issue 12

Natalya Godbold ngodbold at gmail.com
Tue Jan 15 01:10:00 PST 2013

danah, could you write this into a blog so I can send the link to my

On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM, danah boyd <aoir.z3z at danah.org> wrote:

> Forgive me for laughing, but there's a huge irony in all of this.  Aaron
> hated PDF.  It is a commercial proprietary format that cannot be easily
> parsed by bots. If your goal is to honor Aaron, don't just make your work
> human readable; make it machine readable by using a text-based markup
> language.  Think: HMTL.
> To the broader issues, you'd be amazed at how often you can negotiate
> copyright with publishers if you try.  Not all.  Sage is particularly
> unpleasant.  But I've worked hard to keep copyright whenever possible and
> have succeeded more often than I expected. It's also possible to negotiate
> alternative licensing agreements with publishers or agreements that have
> expiration dates where they revert to you. You just need to be proactive
> about this.  But if you look in many of your contracts, you'll see that
> there's a three year expiration. Some even have an allowance for reposting
> on websites owned by your employer as the default.  Read the legal forms
> you sign when it comes to your work.
> No matter what, if you're a scholar, make a darn website that lists all of
> your publications.  Make it easy for search engines to find you and your
> work, even if you can't put the article itself online. If you aren't just
> publishing for the social capital and status games of academia, you have a
> responsibility to try to make it easier for the public (including the
> machine public) to know about your work.  Getting the articles out there is
> important but we all know there are institutional bullies that prevent this
> from being easy.  But you can still do a lot to make your work broadly
> accessible by making it easily findable both for curious humans and
> machines.  This isn't perfect, but it's a better machine-readable
> organization scheme than just linking to articles on Twitter under an
> ephemeral hashtag.
> danah

Natalya Godbold
PhD Candidate (Human Information Behaviour / Health Communication)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Technology, Sydney

Autonomous, Responsible, Alone (Interdisciplinary Press):
Social Information Research (Emerald)

¯`~.. ¸><((((º>¸. .~´¯`~.. ¸><((((º>¸. .~´¯`~.. ¸><((((º>¸.
.><((((º>`~.¸¸.~´¯`~.¸.~´¯`~...¸><((((º> .,,.~´¯`~.. ¸><((((º>¸.
.....,,.><((((º>`~.¸¸.~´¯`~.¸.~´¯`~...¸><((((º> .~´¯`~.. ¸><((((º>¸.
.,,.~´¯`~.. ¸><((((º>¸. .~´¯`~..

UTS CRICOS Provider Code:  00099F
DISCLAIMER: This email message and any accompanying attachments may contain
confidential information.  If you are not the intended recipient, do not
read, use, disseminate, distribute or copy this message or attachments.  If
you have received this message in error, please notify the sender
immediately and delete this message. Any views expressed in this message
are those of the individual sender, except where the sender expressly, and
with authority, states them to be the views of the University of Technology
Sydney. Before opening any attachments, please check them for viruses and

Think. Green. Do.

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

More information about the Air-L mailing list