Re: Central versus institutional self-archiving

From: Brian Simboli <>
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 12:12:56 +0100

How does this follow?

"...the very presence of all that OA content will be the single strongest driver
for preservation."

Brian Simboli

    [MODERATOR'S NOTE: In the interest of speed and traffic control,
    here is my reply: Because the incentive to preserve contents that
    exist is far greater than the incentive to preserve contents that do
    not exist. Because as OA moves closer to 100% than to 0%, and daily
    expectancy of and reliance on it moves closer to 100% than to 0%,
    the concern will be to guarantee that it does not go away. Right
    now the concern is getting it to come, not getting it to not go
    away. Attention and energy focussed on getting it to not go away are
    merely distracting and deterring from efforts to get it to come. In
    short: OA Preservation Efforts are grotesquely premature; it is
    OA Provision Efforts that are needed today. OA Provision Efforts
    alone. Any preservation efforts today should be directed at their
    proper targets -- the journals' official proprietary versions of 100%
    of published articles -- not at the 10-20% of them that are already
    blessed with an author self-archived OA supplementary version -- S.H.]
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