[SIGCIS-Members] Bell Tech Journal paywall

Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan bernard.geoghegan at hu-berlin.de
Mon Nov 24 03:03:15 PST 2014


a grad student at the Humboldt University, Johannes Maibaum, writes:

/Two weeks ago, one was still able to access *all* articles from the 
archive of the Bell System Technical Journal at the website of 
Alcatel-Lucent. For example the classic ‘Regeneration Theory’ by Harry 
Nyquist from 1932. Now, all links to articles from the archive generate 
a 404 error. If looking for the archives at their website, one finds 
this page://http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/bell-labs-journals//were 
Alcatel-Lucent claims to be "proud to partner with IEEE to provide 
access to Bell Labs’ full journal archive". However, besides only a very 
few articles (at least CE Shannons Mathematical Theory...) one has to 
pay horrendous prices. Seriously, is this what Aaron Swartz died for? 
Shouldn't the scientific community protest harshly against such a 
locking away of once free knowledge?/

I think a few of you members have links to Lucent and to Bell Labs 
archives. Any idea what's up with this? An oversight or is Lucent trying 
to monetize these journal issues now? Archive.org still seems to have 
free access, at least...


Dr. Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan
Institut für Kulturwissenschaft
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


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