Re: Generic Eprint Archive Hosts for Researchers Whose University Has Not Yet Provided Them?

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 14:54:57 +0000

On Fri, 21 Dec 2001, Peter Suber wrote:

> if cross-archive searching makes the actual
> location of content irrelevant, then why not launch an archive specifically
> for those works with no other convenient home? Authors whose institutions
> are slow to accept the idea of an eprints server, and whose disciplines
> have no disciplinary archive, could deposit their works in the "common
> archive".
> Wouldn't the launch of common archives accelerate the growth
> and acceptance of (1) the OAI network, (2) self-archiving, and (3) free
> online scholarship in general?

It would indeed: Distributed University-based Home Eprint Archives and
Centralized Discipline-based or Generic Archives are all interoperable if
OAI-compliant. The free Eprints software for creating OAI-compliant
Archives is available. Generic hosts are encouraged to use it to
provide resources like the potentially very valuable one you describe.

Stevan Harnad
Received on Fri Dec 21 2001 - 14:55:07 GMT

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