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Re: [BOAI] Re: Cliff Lynch on Institutional Archives
From: Sebastien Paquet <paquetse AT iro.umontreal.ca>
On Mon, 17 Mar 2003, Stevan Harnad wrote: > (I couldn't quite see the point about why individuals couldn't do it, > and a whole discipline needs to be convinced. Surely individuals > come first, but never mind.) I believe Thomas Krichel is referring to a network effect. A single telephone is useless; the usefulness of having a telephone increases with the overall number of telephones. A similar argument can be made for putting papers in open access, but the value to a particular researcher strongly depends on the number of people who are also doing it (or at least using open archives) in his discipline and only weakly on the number of people who are doing it in other disciplines. This is why it makes sense to say, as he writes: "As long as others in the discipline are not doing it, there is little interest in the individual scholar doing it." Since scholars are much better socially interconnected within disciplines, peer pressure is likely to drive authors towards open access on a disciplinary basis. It would be so much easier to convince a researcher to jump in if he were persuaded that everyone else in his discipline is also going to do it! Sébastien Paquet Université de Montréal -- Seb's Open Research - news, pointers and thoughts on the evolution of knowledge sharing http://radio.weblogs.com/0110772
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