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

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 14:45:40 +0100

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

> Perhaps we need to call it something else like OA self-provision instead
> 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 with

Stevan Harnad
Received on Tue Jul 11 2006 - 16:04:12 BST

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