[open-archaeology] Aaron Swartz

Ant Beck ant.beck at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 22:34:40 UTC 2013

For those of you who know little about Aaron. There is a very touching 
post in the 'Explain Like I'm 5' sub at Reddit


#pdftribute is a fitting tribute. It's sad that it needed this catalyst.


On 14/01/13 20:28, Stefano Costa wrote:
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> Dear all,
> I am afraid that most of you read the news about the suicide of Aaron
> Swartz. Several of his friends have written about him. I can only
> suggest you to read the post by Jonathan Gray, that explains very well
> why his life and legacy matter to all of us:
> http://blog.okfn.org/2013/01/14/goodbye-aaron-swartz-and-long-live-your-legacy/
> Most of us have an academic background so I would like to highlight one
> excerpt from Jonathan's post:
>> In tribute, hundreds of academics have started tweeting links to
>> their research papers using the hashtag #pdftribute.
> I leave to each of you whether to join this #pdftribute.
> Some of us have expressed their feelings about Aaron's death and the
> absurd charges he was facing (Larry Lessig wrote about this, linked
> from Jonathan above):
> - - http://www.alexandriaarchive.org/blog/?p=891
> - -
> http://dougsarchaeology.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/archaeology-open-access-rip-aaron-swartz/
> Whatever your feelings are, I just wanted to say: do not let this
> tragedy be without a meaning for those of us still alive. May Aaron's
> legacy live in our future.
> Ciao
> Stefano
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