Re: Harnad's faulty thinking on OA deposit and APA policy

From: Arthur Sale <ahjs_at_OZEMAIL.COM.AU>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 17:10:35 +1000

Let me add something that I have said repeatedly in many forums and
without contradiction:

"Universities are delinquent in their duty of public accountability
if they do not make all their research outputs which are not
specifically commissioned by private enterprise publicly accessible
on the Internet."


One simply cannot say the same for any `central' or better `subject'
repository, for which deposit is simply desirable.


Funders can nominate where they want the research they fund to be
deposited, but in reality, to do so other than in the institutional
repository simply creates extra work for everyone, and conflicts of


Arthur Sale

University of Tasmania


From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
On Behalf Of Stevan Harnad
Sent: Thursday, 24 July 2008 2:58 AM
thinking on OA deposit and APA policy


On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 8:34 AM, Guédon Jean-Claude
<> wrote:


      How can Harnad simultaneously state that there is no
      drive on his part against "institution-external OA
      repositories" and then proceed to state point 4?


To repeat: 


No drive against institution-external OA repositories, just a drive
against MANDATING DIRECT DEPOSIT in institution-external OA


(Deposit mandates should be convergent, on institutional OA
repositories, not divergent; then institution-external OA
repositories can harvest the deposits from the institutional OA




To facilitate instead of retarding the scaling up to universal OA.


(It would save readers a lot of time and bandwidth if those rushing
to proclaim "Harnad's faulty thinking on OA deposit and APA policy"
would first take the trouble to understand what Harnad is saying on
OA deposit and APA policy...)


Stevan Harnad
Received on Thu Jul 24 2008 - 10:57:43 BST

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