Speaker: Toni Prug
Date: March 14
Venue: G2 or tbc...
What's it all about?
Once upon a time, the only way to read someone's writing was through the physical medium of books. That is no more.
Yet, new forms of electronic text distribution and use have not benefited those who fund majority of academic production. On the contrary, private companies have captured this largely publicly funded production. In the case of journals, vast sums of money are being acquired by these private companies, paid for once more, by the state funded universities, to enable its students and academics to have access to them. We, the citizens, through the state, pay for the academic books and research papers production twice, through academic salaries and through universities' subscriptions. This is how the the most fundamental principles of academia, to study and to share its findings, is hindered, and its operation is made far more expensive and cumbersome.
Read more HERE
See I4A Blog HERE
More exciting info on the launch very soon...keep watching this space