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Re: [BOAI] Re: Cliff Lynch on Institutional Archives
From: Radu <radu AT monicsoft.net>
Quoting Stevan Harnad <harnad AT ecs.soton.ac.uk>: > (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.) Not never mind, because this is a very important point. Disciplines are made out of individuals who share (or assume they share), a specific body of knowledge. Yes, individuals should do it, but individuals have enough of a hard time doing the research and writing the paper. If you give them yet another set of tasks to put their papers online, just for the sake of others, with no recognition... they simply won't do it. Personally I'm against the waste of paper that paper-publishing creates. Still, I rarely get the time to put the stuff I place online in paper format and vice-versa. Right now I'm working with Marie-Odile Junker at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada on online documenting the Cree language (an aboriginal American couple of dialects). And she's upset that though this effort took much more resources than writing a dozen of scholarly journal papers, the University does not give her any publication-related bonus. THAT is the reason the 'disciplines' have to be made aware of the power of open distribution. While I was doing my Master's thesis on the process of psychological research itself, I noticed that people are so burnt out after the minutiae of research and publishing that they forget or neglect the further steps of archiving, to a point that years later they can't find copies of the research materials. They tend to delegate this end bit to lab staff who is simply not trained in archival theory and practice. So since then, whenever I get a bit of time out of my work and studies, I try to put together a system that would allow researchers to do the research steps in an organized way, that would allow them to really forget about archiving (other than backing up the archive files now and then.) If you ask researchers to make their work available, you should not ask them to put more resources into it (not everyone is THAT altruistic), but show them how they can make their work easier. Interestingly enough, most of my research and development has been directly or indirectly funded by the Open Society Foundation :) Cheers, Radu (www.monicsoft.net)
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