Aaron Swartz died recently. Although I did not know him, after reading several tributes and obituaries by the many, many people who mourned his passing, I was struck by the gravity of his commitment to open access. I may not agree with all of the actions he took to promote the freedom of information, but I admire his bravery and conviction even when faced with legal consequences.
I don't wish to romanticize his struggles, but reading his story trivialized my concerns about maintaining a science blog. As is the case with so many worthwhile things, believing in open science/open access means very little without action. So: my code is already public on github, and my literature review materials are on Mendeley. Although I don't yet have any publications yet, when I do I'll make sure they are freely available. And I pledge to start blogging more about my research, and my experiences as a graduate student. In return, I ask that readers participate, and to please also remember that I am a student and still in training.
Please also see: Guerilla Open Access Manifesto- by Aaron Swartz
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