Re: Central vs. Distributed Archives

From: Thomas Krichel <krichel_at_OPENLIB.ORG>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2003 06:12:10 -0500

  ?iso-8859-1?Q?Hugo_Fjelsted_Alr=F8e?= writes

> By "community-building", I mean that such archives can contribute to the
> creation or development of the identity of a scholarly community in
> research areas that go across the established disciplinary matrix of the
> university world.

  This crucial if self-archiving is to take off.

> I know the same thing can in principle be done with OAI-compliant
> university archives and a "disciplinary hub" or "research area hub", and
> in ten years time, we may not be able to tell the difference. But today,
> it is still not quite the same thing.

  Correct. This is a point that is too many times overlooked.

  RePEc (see prodives an example for this in
  the area of economics. RePEc archives are not OAI compliant
  but an OAI gateway export all the RePEc data. Many RePEc
  services are in the business of community building. The
  crucial part, though, it RePEc's author registration service.


  Thomas Krichel
  from Espoo, Finland
Received on Tue Sep 09 2003 - 12:12:10 BST

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