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The next version of the OSP dataset is beginning to take shape. It will have roughly 6 million syllabi, covering around 6000 institutions around the world. All the stats and breakdowns will bounce around as we refine the classifiers, decide which fields to consolidate, and so on, but here are a couple interesting initial views:
And a breakdown by field:
From the Uruguay coda by Jorge Gemetto and Mariana Fossatti:
From the chapter on Brazilian universities by Pedro Mizukami and Jhessica Rheia:
It’s possible that the hamster reference in the subtitle of Alek Tarkowski and Mirek Filiciak’s chapter on Polish universities takes a little too long to pay off. I accept responsibility. The explanation is that Polish access to educational materials has been divided primarily between a state-supported research, publishing, and library ecosystem and a large, legally-contested P2P service called ‘Chomikuj’ or Hamster. From their chapter.
From the chapter on South Africa by Eve Gray and Laura Czerniewicz:
From Evelin Heidel’s chapter on Argentine shadow libraries.
I’m happy to announce the publication of Shadow Libraries: Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education (MIT 2018). It is, in many respects, a sequel to 2011’s Media Piracy in Emerging Economies and involves many of the same researchers. It’s also available for free under a CC license. From the intro:
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