Academic paywalls mean publish and perish – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

On Friday last week I got round to uploading this material on to slideshare.

It is a seminar presentation on Open Access and Open Source that criticises the current publishing and teaching systems’ dependence on market based models which lock our work away into silos of inaccessibility.

Today I read this opinion piece on Al Jazeera which quite clearly complements my own thoughts (not that my work had anything to do with the Al Jazeera article!).

Academic paywalls mean publish and perish – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.


The Future of Cities: three scenarios for urban futures

Here’s another piece of futures thinking (from the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities) which I came across whilst doing some lecture preparation.

The three scenarios are:

  • Gulliver’s World
  • Massive socio-technical revolution
  • Triumph of the Triads

Presently South African cities seem to be caught somewhere between the first and last scenarios. Perhaps it is time for Rhodes University and Makana Municipality to partner us towards the great transition scenario and have massive socio-technical revolution here in Grahamstown!