‘Hommage à Paul Klee 13/9/65 Nr. 2’, a screenprint of a plotter drawing created by Frieder Nake in 1965, was one of the most complex algorithmic works of its day. An algorithmic work is one that is generated through a set of instructions written by the artist. Nake took his…
Now JSTOR is getting ready to go one step further, by cutting a small window in its paywall for visitors who are not affiliated with any subscribing institution. The new program, called Register & Read, will soon let anybody read back filed JSTOR content at no cost.
Under the new program, unsubscribed visitors will be allowed to check out three “items” from the JSTOR archive every two weeks, which they will be able to read for free. In order to prevent piracy, the texts will be displayed as image files (so that text cannot be copied). Users will not be able to download the files.
The depletion of the traditional professoriate has produced a new demographic of unmoored scholars who might not have “the consistency of access that they want,” says Heidi McGregor, a spokeswoman for JSTOR. The goal of Register & Read would be to better serve that population — as well as others that the organization might not have even known about.
Seventy journals are participating in the pilot, including Ecology, American Anthropologist, PMLA, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, and the American Historical Review.
“I have always been intrigued by the journals that young girls keep. they are like dollhouses. once you look inside them, the rest of the world seems very far away.”—Rachel Klein (via bloodisthenewblackk)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world.
The program will not allow students to earn an M.I.T. degree. Instead, those who are able to exhibit a mastery of the subjects taught on the platform will receive an official certificate of completion. The certificate will obviously not carry the weight of a traditional M.I.T. diploma, but it will provide an incentive to finish the online material. According to the New York Times, in order to prevent confusion, the certificate will be a credential bearing the distinct name of a new not-for-profit body that will be created within M.I.T.
The new online platform will look to build upon the decade-long success of the university’s original free online platform, OpenCourseWare (OCW), which has been used by over 100 million students and contains course material for roughly 2,100 classes. The new M.I.T.x online program will not compete with OCW in the number of courses that it offers. However, the program will offer students a greater interactive experience.
Disruptive technologies have overturned music, books, governments, why not education? I hope this to be the beginning of free or reasonable cost educations for everyone everywhere.
Conceptualized and currently housed in Zagreb, Croatia, the Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a traveling exhibition dedicated to failed relationships and all that they leave behind—physically and emotionally. Instead of watching objects from prior relationships gather dust or have them serve as haunting and vestigial relics of lost loves, people can donate these items to the museum’s collection and thus commemorate their unique experience in a meaningful, therapeutic, or purely exhibitionist fashion. The museum draws on the words of French philosopher Roland Barthes for its inspiration: Every passion, ultimately, has its spectator…[there is] no amorous oblation without a final theater.