[open-science] [okfn-labs] Open Access Button Hackday 7-8th September! Sign up!

Jenny Molloy jenny.molloy at okfn.org
Thu Aug 29 08:55:17 UTC 2013

Hi Joe and David

Great idea! I'm copying in the open science and open access mailing lists
as well, Mike Taylor who is a member of these lists started a site called
Who Needs Access? http://whoneedsaccess.org/ containing interviews and
features on people who have been hindered by a lack of access to research
(as well as those who have been helped by open access). Perhaps there might
be scope for combining our efforts and helping out on your initiative!


On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM, Open Access Button <oabutton at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi OKFN folk!
> Got a little message about our project here! Please do come along!
> Millions of people a day are denied access to the research they both need
> and paid for because of paywalls <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paywall>.
> It doesn’t have to be like this, but we need your help. We’re two students
> from the UK making a tool to help change the system – it’s called the Open
> Access Button. The button is a browser-based tool which tracks every time
> someone is denied access to a paper. We then display this, along with the
> person’s location, profession and story on a real time, worldwide,
> interactive map of the problem. It gets better though. While creating
> pressure to open up scholarly and scientific research, we help people work
> within the current broken system by helping them get access to the paper
> they need. We started building a prototype at the BMJ Hack Weekend, and
> came third place. But we’re not finished yet and our launch is coming up
> fast! To help build it we’re hosting a hackathon on the 7-8th of September
> in London. If you’re a developer, have an eye for design or both we’d love
> to see you. Not in the UK? Doesn’t matter! you can join in from anywhere in
> the world – just sign up.<http://oabutton.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/oa-button-hackathon-7-8th-september/>
> If you want any more information about the project- email us
> oabutton at gmail.com or read more here<http://blogs.plos.org/thestudentblog/2013/08/20/if-someone-hits-a-paywall-in-the-forest-does-it-make-a-sound-the-open-access-button/>
> .
> Joe + David
> --
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