Why is academia so against academic endevours?

September 4, 2014 at 10:51 am (Rant, Thinking) (, , , , , , , , , )

I feel like academia is a broken system. There are a number of things wrong with the entire thing, but what has been really bugging me is how publications work. You submit your research to a publisher and if they accept your work, you pay them money for publishing and likely you pay to present at a conference. Then if anyone else in the world wants to check out your research, they get to pay the publisher to access it. We’re not talking a few dollars to cover the bandwidth and storage costs, some of these papers are over $30!

Universities will typically buy subscriptions to vendors so that students/staff can access whatever they need to. My beef is that you have to be a current, paying student to gain access. You can’t be an alumni, you can’t pay the university for temporary access, and you can’t be a perspective student.

In my case, I want to read up on research to stay relevant in my field and to potentially work with other professionals again on new research. I’m essentially out of luck here. I can’t pitch new research to professors to become faculty without access to the research, and I can’t magically become faculty with empty hands (and I wouldn’t want to; I’d prefer to have something to offer). I’m honestly not sure who these rules are designed to protect. I was told by the library administration that the vendors had rules, but as the university is giving them plenty of money already, why would they care? If they’re trying to product the authors’ work, the research is still for sale, so large companies can afford whatever they need anyway.

It all just sucks. I had some good research leads and now I’m dead in the water.

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Interdisciplinary interests

April 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm (Computer Science, Graphics, Programming) (, , , , , )

So since I’ve defended my thesis (and it’s been archived successfully), I’ve been trying to think of new interdisciplinary areas of application for computer science, graphics, and visualization. A few of my interests (among many) lie within psychology and forensic sciences, but being locked in the computer science field, it is difficult to network with experts of those fields. So if anybody happens to notice this post and is interested in toying with some ideas then fire me an email/reply.

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Towards a Unified System for Digital Film Production

November 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm (Computer Science, Graphics, Processing, Programming) (, , , , , )

So I’ve finally presented my research at that conference it was accepted at; the International Conference on Entertainment Computing 2011, Vancouver. I didn’t get boo’d off of the stage so I’d say it was a success. The research is based on my thesis, which is an analysis aid for film editing.

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First conference paper

May 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm (Computer Science, Graphics) (, , , , , )

So a few weeks ago I submitted my very first conference paper. It was 12 pages long and about the system I’m developing (still in progress). We’re expecting the paper to get rejected I think since not all the features are implemented yet and we haven’t done a user study on it.

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