This Monday, October 20 marks the first day ofÂ Open Access Week, an international event that celebrates the wide-ranging benefits of enabling open access to information and researchâ€“as well as the dangerous costs of keeping knowledge locked behind publisher paywalls.Â
Today (Oct. 14, 2014) isÂ International Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).Â
In 1833, Lovelace metÂ Charles BabbageÂ for the first time. She was inspired by his Difference Engine, eager to expand upon his ideas. She and Babbage exchanged letters fromÂ June 10, 1835 to August 12, 1852.Â Just to give you a little perspective, it wasnâ€™t until 1834 that the word â€œscientistâ€ was coined byWilliam Whewell. Ada referred to her work as â€œpoetical science.â€
In October 1842,Â Luigi Federico MenabreaÂ published an article about Babbageâ€™s Analytical Engine inÂ Bibliotheque Universelle de Geneve.Â Lovelace translated it and added her own notes, about 20,000 words, to the 8,000 word piece. Published in 1843, her notes include a much deeper understanding of the potential for Babbageâ€™s machine, including the suggestion that it was â€œcapable of executing not merely arithmetical calculations, but even all those of analysis.â€
Here are theÂ top 15 news site visited by Millennials in 2014.
TwoÂ independentÂ reportsÂ claim that Adobeâ€™s e-book software, â€œDigital Editions,â€ logs every document readers add to their local â€œlibrary,â€ tracks what happens with those files, and then sends those logs back to the mother-ship, over the Internet, in the clear. In other words, Adobe is not only tracking your reading habits, itâ€™s making it really, really easy for others to do so as well.