Re: Open access jeremiads, archivangelism and self-archiving mandates

From: guedon <jean.claude.guedon_at_umontreal.ca>
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 22:55:09 -0400

Thank you for this extremely good summary of your position, Stevan.

         My only problem is that concrete examples provide necessary, but
         not sufficient, conditions for mandating.

         There remains the hard political work beyond all this. There,
         all the elements you just outlined becomes powerful arguments
         and should be used. But alas, even more needs to be done, such
         as alliances, acceptance of viewpoints coming from a variety of
         actors, etc.

         How best to do this political work and make it succeed is the
         burning question that remains.

         But we are all working at it.

         Best,

         jcg

Le dimanche 20 août 2006 08:01 -0400, Stevan Harnad a écrit :
> ** Apologies for Cross-Posting **
>
> Porter, George (2006) Let's Get it Started!
> Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 47.
> http://www.istl.org/06-summer/viewpoints.html
>
> "...Stevan Harnad is into the second decade of his jeremiad on
> the subject of self-archiving. A number of platforms have been
> created to support institutional repositories... If librarians and
> academicians agree on the desirability of institutional repositories,
> and software platforms and services are available to make repositories
> technically feasible, one is left to ponder a few questions. Why are
> there so few institutional repositories up and running? Why are the
> existing institutional repositories generally not well filled with
> the intellectual output of their respective institutions?..."
>
> <jeremiad>
>
> Yes, jeremiads for self-archiving are not enough.
>
> http://www.arl.org/sc/subversive/
>
> Yes, creating IR software is not enough.
>
> http://www.dlib.org/dlib/october00/10inbrief.html#HARNAD
>
> Yes, creating IRs is not enough.
>
> http://archives.eprints.org/
>
> Yes, library activism is not enough.
>
> http://eprints.utas.edu.au/257/
>
> Not even providing the evidence on how self-archiving enhances
> research impact is enough:
>
> http://opcit.eprints.org/oacitation-biblio.html
>
> Only (institutional and funder) self-archiving mandates are (necessary
> and) sufficient to set self-archiving inexorably on the path to 100% OA
> (yet that's precisely what George Porter fails even to mention!).
>
> http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/11006/
>
> Jeremiads are not enough to generate self-archiving mandates either:
>
> "What Provosts Need to Mandate" (2003)
> http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/subject.html#3241
>
> Only the empirical example of those institutions that already
> mandate self-archiving, and have thus demonstrated the success of
> mandated self-archiving, will generate self-archiving mandates -- and
> self-archiving, and 100% OA.
>
> http://www.eprints.org/signup/fulllist.php
>
> Amen.
>
> </jeremiad>
>
> Jeremiah
>
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