Saturday, May 08, 2004

OAI

The Case for OAI in the Age of Google discuesses why e-print serves are not used more often. The recent posting here about E-LIS and dLIST, digital repositories for library science, that combined have only about 1000 items is a very good example.
Why don't more faculty deposit their eprints in open-access, OAI-compliant (OA-OAI) archives? This is a mystery. Two explanations we can rule out right away are opposition to open access and opposition to OAI metadata sharing. These never come up when faculty are asked about their archiving inertia, which only makes the mystery even more puzzling.

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