As these readings go on, I find myself learning more and more about what open access really means and how the digital world copes with a controversial idea. The full text of “Guerilla Open Access Manifesto” and “Science’s Pirate Queen” are two different pieces of writing but each of them tackle the issue of offering scholarly material on the web for free. A couple of weeks before I would have cheered wholeheartedly about Aaron Swartz’s manifesto that practically screamed its call to rally people in the cause of Open Access. But now as I read “Science’s Pirate Queen,” I can see how the concept canRead More →

Reflecting on Kathleen Fitzgerald’s work, I find myself struck by her views on how the barrier to access academic material in an increasingly digital world isn’t reliant on one factor-it’s reliant on a multitude. Her writings explore how, why, and what happens when the academic knowledge interacts with the public as well. But to focus on one thing, I would say I am especially drawn to the section on “Public Intellectuals” were she argues about writing for a broader audience. There is section where she talks about how there’s a perception that the public should not have access because they would not understand or care.Read More →

Reading both Gillard’s and the Manifesto, I was drawn to the concept of changing the web and seeking ways to understand the new consequences. Growing up alongside the advancement of technology, I was not aware of how much became obsolete and how much became valuable. The idea of information and knowledge at the tip of our fingers is an incredible feat but it’s now normalized to many that have access. Gillard’s words of “surveillance capitalism” puts into perspective the frightening ability of the web to dictate our lives beyond our control. The ability to capitalize on what we simply search and look for is dangerous butRead More →

Michelle is a third-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego majoring in United States History and minoring in Education Studies. She is a former SDCCD PATH Mentee and is tied to the 2018-2019 PATH Academy program. Her current endeavors include research on Asian American immigration for her future honors thesis. She looks forward to working with her fellow researchers on the KNIT R&D and the impact they will have on the digital humanities.    Read More →