Re: Against Conflating OA Self-Archiving With Preservation-Archiving

From: Heather Morrison <heatherm_at_ELN.BC.CA>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 08:21:25 -0700

While the primary purpose of self-archiving is access, not
preservation or interoperable searching, self-archiving in an OAI-
compliant archive accomplishes all of these. This is important,
because many people are practising a form of self-archiving by simply
posting papers to websites. This does enhance access, but not as
much as an archive would. It is helpful, in my view, to the building
and filling of the archives, if we can point to all of the archives'
benefits, emphasizing of course the key benefits of enhanced access
and impact.

Heather Morrison

On 11-Jul-06, at 7:19 AM, Hamaker, Chuck wrote:

> With a goal of OA ASAP, semantic barriers need to be minimal if they
> stand in the way of clarification. Self Archiving as a term, while
> used
> by the current community, seems to be a barrier (as implied by the
> need
> for Stevan's earlier post) to easy explanation and understanding of
> the
> goal for those who aren't involved directly in that community.
> Several libraries and others have decided to shed the
> repository/depository labels for OA specific tools (there's just too
> much baggage and too many others who consider themselves
> stakeholders in
> those arenas) a clearer label might clarify from the beginning any
> discussion of the goal.
> Chuck Hamaker
> Associate University Librarian Collections and Technical Services
> Atkins Library
> University of North Carolina Charlotte
> Charlotte, NC 28223
> phone 704 687-2825
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
> Behalf Of Stevan Harnad
> Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 9:46 AM
> Subject: Re: Against Conflating OA Self-Archiving With
> Preservation-Archiving
> On Tue, 11 Jul 2006, Hamaker, Chuck wrote:
>> Perhaps we need to call it something else like OA self-provision
> instead
>> of self-archiving?
> It's a bit late in the day to change terminology: "self-archiving" is
> at least 12 years old (sensu online access-provision, nothing to do
> with
> preservation archiving):
> (The interested reader will find there that even the discussion of
> distributed local institutional vs. central self-archiving already
> predated the 1999 AmSci discussions by at least 5 years!)
> subject.html#294
> And the "Open Archives [sic] Initiative" metadata harvesting (sensu
> interoperability, again nothing to do with preservation archiving)
> has been with us since 1999:
> We have since already waffled confusingly and needlessly with
> "archive"
> vs. "repository" vs "depository" or what have you, and still we have
> not succeeded in shaking off the tenacious mis-associations with
> preservation archiving. I think we have no choice but to make the
> mental
> effort to remember that "archiving" is polysemous, and not synonymous
> with
> "preservation."
> Stevan Harnad
Received on Tue Jul 11 2006 - 17:34:46 BST

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