[Air-L] Aaron's memorial - Air-L Digest, Vol 102, Issue 12
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.
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University of Technology, Sydney
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