by Joseph Ratliff

A noble act of tribute by some Academics to put their research available for free at


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An online tribute to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old activist who helped create RSS and committed suicide this past week, has attracted more than 1,500 links to research and academic papers. The site with the full list of links and research is here.

It’s an effort to honor Swartz, who faced up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines after he downloaded 4.8 million documents from JSTOR. He had wanted to make them more freely available before he took his life this week.

Micah Allen, who researches brain plasticity, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive science, suggested the idea on Reddit earlier this weekend: “A fitting tribute to Aaron might be a mass protest uploading of copyright-protected research articles. Dump them on Gdocs, tweet the link. Think of the great blu-ray encoding protest but on a bigger scale for research articles.”

Two acquaintances of Swartz, Eva Vivalt and…

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