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Adam Bernstein, Digital Historian Roy A. Rosenzweig, Washington Post, October 13, 2007. (Thanks to John Willinsky.) Excerpt:
Comment. Roy Rosenzweig was the leading US advocate for OA in the field of history, and one of the leading advocates anywhere for OA in the humanities. His most important article on OA was Should Historical Scholarship Be Free? (Perspectives, April 2005). In a blog post from April 15, 2005, I said, "I wish every discipline had a high-profile essay of this cogency to kick the ball forward." Here are some excerpts from that article:
He and co-author Daniel Cohen wrote an OA guidebook for historians, Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web, and his Center for History and New Media at George Mason put theory into practice by developing Zotero, the Firefox-based tool for gathering and organizing online scholarship.
He wrote what is still one of the best scholarly assessments of Wikipedia: Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past, The Journal of American History, June 2006.
Commenting on MIT's Open Courseware project, he once said, "We should be in the business of having people steal our stuff, because we're trying to foster innovation, exchange, communication, and dialogue." He will be missed.
Update. The History News Network is collecting tributes to Roy.