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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Internet Archaeology converting to OA

Internet Archaeology: creating an Open Access success story, a press release from JISC, May 25, 2007.  Excerpt:

Internet Archaeology was established in 1996 with funding until July 2001 from the JISC eLib programme. Innovative since its inception, it was the first refereed online e-journal in Archaeology and has been very successful in gaining international recognition as a high-quality academic journal....

Internet Archaeology is unique in Archaeology in that it is a multi-media journal available exclusively on the Web; it has no print equivalent. It includes elements that would be impossible in a paper publication, such as searchable databases to analyse online; full-colour, interactive images; video footage; virtual reality models and access to related digital archive material. This allows the subscriber to choose the level of detail required through a variety of indexing and searching methods to provide new opportunities to enrich teaching and research. For example students can work interactively with archaeological material, which facilitates active learning. Archaeologists can use this resource to examine examples of best practice when designing fieldwork projects and data management systems.

Internet Archaeology 2008-2009: Open Access for UK HE and FE

Two year funding from JISC Collections will help Internet Archaeology with the transition to Open Access. The funding for the period from 1st January 2007 to 31st December 2009 will allow free access, from January 2008, (to issues 22-25 of the journal) to the growing number of universities and colleges that teach Archaeology....

The funding period also provides Internet Archaeology with the opportunity to develop its long-term Open Access model as it seeks to generate a growing proportion of its revenue from publication subventions from research councils, commercial developers, and state funding archaeological agencies....

Internet Archaeology Archive 1996-2006

JISC Collections has also purchased the Internet Archaeology Archive 1996-2006 (which includes issues 1 to 21 inclusive) on behalf of UK higher and further education institutions, which means they can now have permanent access to ten years of rich multimedia scholarly content completely free of charge. Content ranges from excavation reports (incorporating text, photographs, data, drawings, reconstruction diagrams, interpretations) and analysis of large data sets along with the data itself, to visualisations and applications of information technology in archaeology....

PS:  I can't tell whether the free online access will be limited to users from UK institutions.  If anyone knows the answer, please drop me a line.

Update. I just learned from Liam Earney at JISC that the newly-funded free online access will be limited to the UK. However, Lorraine Estelle at JISC reassures me that IA plans to use some of its new funding to prepare for full worldwide OA.