Re: Against Conflating OA Self-Archiving With Preservation-Archiving

From: Hamaker, Chuck <cahamake_at_EMAIL.UNCC.EDU>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 10:19:00 -0400

With a goal of OA ASAP, semantic barriers need to be minimal if they
stand in the way of clarification. Self Archiving as a term, while used
by the current community, seems to be a barrier (as implied by the need
for Stevan's earlier post) to easy explanation and understanding of the
goal for those who aren't involved directly in that community.

Several libraries and others have decided to shed the
repository/depository labels for OA specific tools (there's just too
much baggage and too many others who consider themselves stakeholders in
those arenas) a clearer label might clarify from the beginning any
discussion of the goal.

Chuck Hamaker
Associate University Librarian Collections and Technical Services
Atkins Library
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223
phone 704 687-2825

-----Original Message-----
From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
Behalf Of Stevan Harnad
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: Against Conflating OA Self-Archiving With

On Tue, 11 Jul 2006, Hamaker, Chuck wrote:

> Perhaps we need to call it something else like OA self-provision
> of self-archiving?

It's a bit late in the day to change terminology: "self-archiving" is
at least 12 years old (sensu online access-provision, nothing to do with
preservation archiving):
(The interested reader will find there that even the discussion of
distributed local institutional vs. central self-archiving already
predated the 1999 AmSci discussions by at least 5 years!)

And the "Open Archives [sic] Initiative" metadata harvesting (sensu
interoperability, again nothing to do with preservation archiving)
has been with us since 1999:

We have since already waffled confusingly and needlessly with "archive"
vs. "repository" vs "depository" or what have you, and still we have
not succeeded in shaking off the tenacious mis-associations with
preservation archiving. I think we have no choice but to make the mental
effort to remember that "archiving" is polysemous, and not synonymous

Stevan Harnad
Received on Tue Jul 11 2006 - 16:03:52 BST

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