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Archive for July, 2014

On a verge of extinction

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lot of effort and arguments were put in place before proposed Keane Road extension was stopped and the remnant bush land was saved from the hands of the developers. It is obvious for ecologist and naturalists that we should not let any of this precious diversity be lost but on the other hand though I have captured today this ¨happy¨ couple checking their block where their future house will be built…

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It looks like there is not much time left until the urban areas squeeze onto the last natural jewels of The Anstey-Keane Dampland.

Road to Bush

Developers start from cutting the road through the last pieces of bushland (Keane Road above & Skeet Road below):

Skeet Road

..and quickly fill up the adjacent space with products that couples are willing to sign their life away to:

Future Suburb

As Marilyn points out the “Bush Forever” sign is already missing:

Sign missing

If you want to join in rediscovering your local bushland and help protecting the reminder of what it used to be a very bio-diverse ecosystem join us on the Wildflower Walk across Anstey-Keane.

 

Is public research truly public?

Following the recent death of Aaron Swartz, pictured astonishingly well in that documentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvsxnOg0bJY&feature=kp

one may stop and ask yourself a question:

“Why do I strive to publish my PhD work in a so called High Impact journal?”

Most of the research undertaken by the vast number of universities in the first world countries is funded by taxpayer’s money. Why is it that knowledge produced thanks to public money must be published in the scientific journals that are protected by the inhibitory price tags and is not accessible to average Joe?

I think the answers lays in the people’s need to strive. A pull to climb up the career ladder in science makes ambitious researchers work harder. Working hard takes them to the elite club of highly cited colleagues. The editors and reviewers on the other hand are the gatekeepers you fear. The gatekeepers strive to sustain the quality of their product and let through things that move the knowledge forward. The end product of this self-perpetuating struggle is expected to be a good scientific article.

Aaron Swartz made a great  precedence in making the database of scientific knowledge accessible to the public. The “JSTOR” remained neutral in case of this gigantic knowledge leakage what I take as a green light to a greater transparency. Scientists should continue to work and lobby on finding the civilized way to share their knowledge with less fortunate but knowledge-hungry fellows. I think INNGE network gives a great opportunity to stand for the right to knowledge for every citizen.