Guerilla open access, public engagement with research, and ivory towers

Despite the growth of open access publishing, there is still a massive and growing archive of peer-reviewed research that is hidden behind paywalls. While academics can reach most of the research they need through library subscriptions, researchers, professionals and the broader community outside of academia are effectively cut off from the vast majority of peer-reviewed … Continue reading Guerilla open access, public engagement with research, and ivory towers

Data breach with names+diagnoses posted online

The NY Times reports on a significant data breach, where someone from Stanford posted a spreadsheet online while asking for help on how to produce a bar graph. The dataset included 20,000 emergency room patients, including their names and diagnoses (but not quite enough to steal the patients’ identities). The data breach is interesting enough … Continue reading Data breach with names+diagnoses posted online