Re: Forthcoming OA Developments in France

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 21:55:58 +0000

See hyperlinked version:

  From Peter Suber's Open Access News

    Presentation on HAL and OA archiving in France

    Franck Laloë, Les archives ouvertes (AO) et la communication
    scientifique directe (CSD), a presentation at the CNRS meeting
    Réunion sur les archives ouvertes (Paris, November 16, 2006).
    (Thanks to the INIST Libre Accès blog.)

Bravo to France and to Franck Laloe! As noted before in the AmSci Forum,
it just might be that France -- an exception among western nations in this
regard -- is a sufficiently centralised country to be able to manage 100%
self-archiving of its research output of 120,000 articles per year in a
centralised national archive (HAL) instead of a distributed network of
Institutional Repositories (IRs).

But what is unlikely is that France is so much of an exception that it
will be able to do it without a national self-archiving mandate. (See
HAL's growth rate in Franck's presentation and draw your own conclusion
about whether and when 100 OA is likely to be reached without a

The advantage of such centralisation, however, is that one national
mandate will be enough.

Here are some sentimental flashbacks:

Pertinent Prior AmSci Topic Threads:

    Are things otherwise in France? (began May, 1999)

    INIST/CNRS : nouveautés du site Libre Accès (Dec 2004)

    France's INRIA Registers Commitment to Implement Berlin
    Declaration Self-Archiving Policy Recommendation (Mar 2005)

    France's CNRS Registers Commitment to Implement Berlin Declaration
    Self-Archiving Policy Recommendation (May 2005)

    Helene Bosc et le progres en acces libre en france (Mar 2006)

    CNRS position on OA : new details (Jun 2006)

    Forthcoming OA Developments in France (Jun 2006)

    France's HAL, OAI interoperability, and Central vs Institutional
    Repositories (Oct 2006)

Stevan Harnad
Received on Fri Nov 24 2006 - 23:55:07 GMT

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