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Some Preliminary Description of the V2 Dataset

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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:

Pro-tip: Don’t Raid the Law School During Finals

Monday, May 7, 2018

From the Uruguay coda by Jorge Gemetto and Mariana Fossatti:

The Copy Shop and the Cloud

Monday, May 7, 2018

From the chapter on Brazilian universities by Pedro Mizukami and Jhessica Rheia:

Pradeep’s Eleven

Monday, May 7, 2018

From Lawrence Liang’s chapter on India:

Where the State Ends, the Hamster Begins

Monday, May 7, 2018

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.

South African Higher Education in Crisis

Monday, May 7, 2018

From the chapter on South Africa by Eve Gray and Laura Czerniewicz:

Don’t Mess with Derrida

Monday, May 7, 2018

From Evelin Heidel’s chapter on Argentine shadow libraries.

Why the Big Shadow Libraries Are Russian

Monday, May 7, 2018

From Bodó Balázs‘ chapter on Russian shadow libraries:

Shadow Libraries is out!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

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:

The Philadelphia Tribune: "Dwight Evans seeks second term in Congress"

Friday, April 27, 2018
By Michael D’Onofrio
Incumbent Dwight Evans said he will rely on a his political record and experience as a longtime politician against a political newcomer in the upcoming Democratic primary.
“Who is most effective and who will get things done?” Evans asked during a recent Philadelphia Tribune editorial board meeting.

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