Re: CERN's historic role in OA

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2006 14:37:47 +0100 (BST)

On Fri, 7 Apr 2006, Pavel Exner wrote:

> ArXiv serves well not only physicists, but also mathematicians and
> information scientists. Various repositories (individuals, groups)
> I know are based on arXiv because it is user friendly, and provides
> versioning and numerous useful facilities.

The proportion of maths in arxiv, compared to Physics, is small. Information
science is minuscule. See instead Citseer, which is not a central archive but
harvests from all over the web, google-style. With over 700,000 papers it has
twice as many as Arxiv.

The era of central archiving, however, ended (in my opinion) with the advent of
the OAI protocol, The natural way to self-archive now is in each researcher's own
Institutional Reposotory. The rest will be handled by OAI harvesting,

Stevan Harnad

 Pertinent Prior AmSci Topic Threads:

    "Central vs. Distributed Archives" (1999)

    "PubMed and self-archiving" (2003)

    "Central versus institutional self-archiving" (2003)

    "A Simple Way to Optimize the NIH Public Access Policy" (2004)

    "Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive as OA Back-Up" (2005)
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