Re: when did the Open Access movement "officially" begin

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 00:16:28 +0100

On Tue, 26 Jun 2007, Peter Suber wrote:

> if you want to identify the influential events...
> ...there are many more as well, including many earlier ones, such
> as Paul Ginsparg's launch of arXiv in 1991 and Stevan Harnad's
> self-archiving proposal in 1994.

I'd put it even earlier than that. Computer scientists were making
their papers Open Access in the 1980's on their anonymous-FTP sites
and then their websites (once the web was invented). Citeseer started
harvesting papers in 1997, but you can still find computer science
papers on it that were self-archived in the 1980's.

These early self-archivers had the good sense not to worry about naming it;
they just went ahead and did it...

Stevan Harnad
Received on Wed Jun 27 2007 - 08:15:07 BST

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