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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Departments can lead universities to OA

Stevan Harnad, Departmental Repositories, Institutional Repositories, and Research Record-Keeping, Open Access Archivangelism, October 2, 2007.

Summary:  Individual departments should not sit and wait for their university to get its act together: Unless a consensus on adopting a top-down university-wide mandate can be reached promptly, departments should go ahead and adopt their own bottom-up mandates (the "patchwork mandates" recommended by Arthur Sale), as Southampton's ECS did in 2003. Apart from maximising the visibility, accessibility, usage and impact of departmental/institutional research output, an OA Repository (with a self-archiving mandate) can serve as its internal record, ending an institution's or department's need to rely on external proprietary databases in order to monitor and assess its own research output. (Southampton now has at least 13 EPrints Repositories to date; Cal Tech has a whopping 25.) ...