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Students at McGill Launch Note-Sharing Site

8 FEB 2012

If you’ve ever fantasized about getting your hands on the notes of classes you’ve missed (or fumed as you handed over notes you took to a lazy, class-skipping friend) say hello to a new favorite friend:

Two McGill University PhD students (Sebastian Di Cesare and Luca Petrucelli) have recently launched this made-in-Quebec website that they hope will become the source of missed classes at all of Montreal’s campuses. Thus far the site operates solely in English, letting students buy or sell class notes from Concordia and McGill University. It will soon also provide student-submitted notes in French from courses at l’Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal.

If this sounds familiar, it should. is the Montreal answer to and The budding entrepreneurs are charging a 15- to 20-per-cent commission on notes that students sell (anonymously) through the site. Prices for notes vary between $1 and $1.50 a lecture, or around $40 for a semester of notes.

Initially, the site relied solely on online submissions, with note takers recruited from job boards. It now, however has struck a deal with McGill’s biology student union to host class notes provided by the department’s own note taking club. They company will likely be pushing for similar deals at Montreal’s other four campuses.

What are your thoughts on sites like these? A natural, digital evolution to the age-old tradition of sharing notes? Or does this make knowledge and academia a commodity?