In the days following the death of Reddit co-founder and Internet pioneer Aaron Swartz, academics took to the Internet to post free PDFs of their work.
Swartz, at the time of his death, had been facing charges relating to scholarly articles he illegally downloaded.
Here’s how everyone from Occupy Wall Street to universities have weighed in as part of the memorial movement.
Occupy Wall Street’s New York branch and Anonymous praised the movement on their official Twitter accounts:
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) January 13, 2013
— AnonymousIRC (@AnonymousIRC) January 14, 2013
Professors like UCSD professor James Fowler and CUNY professor C.W. Anderson tweeted out links to their PDFs available for free online.
— James H. Fowler (@James_H_Fowler) January 14, 2013
— Chanders (@Chanders) January 13, 2013
Researchers at universities around the world, undergraduates and graduates, also posted their tributes.
— Gavin Grindon (@GavinGrindon) January 13, 2013
I had already started the process of making all my papers open access via Newcastle University library but now it’s a #pdftribute
— pauline mccormack (@paulinemacco) January 14, 2013
Even the official Twitter account of the University of Florida Libraries Scholarly Communications Office joined in.