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Monday, October 15, 2007

Docs on the early history of the SSHRC OA policy

This will be useful for historians tracking the early discussion of funder OA policies.  Maximilian Forte has found two statements from 2004 on the possibility of an OA policy at Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and posted them to his blog for archival purposes. 

  • One is a document he wrote himself for the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA).  At the time he was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at University College of Cape Breton.
  • The other is by Joanne Gallivan, Dean of Research at University College of Cape Breton.

Comment.  In January 2004, the SSHRC called for public comments on an organizational "transformation", but didn't specifically propose an OA policy.  (Details formerly here, but the link is now dead.)  It didn't call for public comments on OA until August 2005.  (Details formerly here, but the link is now dead.)  It issued its first statement on OA in October 2004, and then a second statement, retreating from the first, in April 2006, and launched a funding program for OA journals in April 2007.  Forte's documents are helpful for two reasons:  anything from 2004 is early enough in the process to be notable, and the SSHRC has broken links to its some of its own historical documents.