Re: Please Register All OA Institutional Archives

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 00:44:08 +0100

On Mon, 26 Apr 2004, Mike Gardner wrote:

> Wouldn't it be clever if some of these lists could be automatically
> generated from one master list (eg the OAI one) ?

It would be clever -- if there were a master list, and all the archives
were in it, but there isn't one.
in fact contains fewer archives (147) than the Institutional Archives Registry
which contains 192. OAIster has still more (277)
but many are not for eprints (preprints, postprints, theses)
and UIUC
has the most (531) but they are not all active, and many are not
for eprints.

The Institutional Archives Registry is focussed specifically on eprints
(preprints, postprints, theses) in universities and research institutions

The cleverest would of course be if archives didn't have to be registered
at all, but were simply harvested. Celestial
does this to a certain extent, but it still has not managed to find all
of them. An OAI-compliant-Archive Harvester will certainly come, once
there are more archives, with more content. That's the priority right now.

Stevan Harnad

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