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Re: [BOAI] Formats for electronic dissemination
From: Stevan Harnad <harnad AT ecs.soton.ac.uk>
On Mon, 27 Oct 2003, Dario Taraborelli wrote: > As far as I know, the current version of Eprints allows users to deposit a > document in either open standards (like HTML, PDF, PS, DVI etc.) or > semi-open (like RTF) and proprietary formats (like DOC, PPT, XLS etc.). > Correct me if I'm wrong: This is not quite correct. If you mean Eprints.org, then you *must* deposit a document in screen-readable form; this mostly means in one of the open standards (including also TeX, and XML -- but I believe PDF, which is acceptable, is proprietary). Then *in addition* you may also attach a version in a non-screen-readable format. A document in *only* a proprietary format like WORD is not accepted by the software. > there is a huge > debate in the digital library community about how to grant accessibility > and perennity of electronic content But self-archiving is not about perennity, just about accessibility, because the self-archived versions of toll-access articles are merely *supplements* to and not *substitutes* for the publisher's proprietary toll-access version. Preservation concerns should accordingly be focussed on the proprietary version until and unless the self-archived version begins to be the *only* version (because of a transition to open-access publishing). Having said that: even this parallel form of supplementary access for the have-nots needs to last long enough to keep providing the open access until and unless there is a global transition to open-access publishing. And that it does. Self-archived papers (in TeX, PDF, PS, HTML, etc.) are still as accessible today as when they were first self-archived, some over a decade and a half ago. Please do not conflate digital preservation with open-access provision -- at least not while the open-access cupboards are still bare and there is next to nothing to preserve! http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/0413.html http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/2837.html Stevan Harnad
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