Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Open Access Project

Ok derridata, if you liked the piece on Deweyless information science, you might also be taken by the following projects (at this stage still very much in their embryonic stage). I think they could be a good supplement for the Cultural Studies Gateway on Acheron's sidebar. Folks such as Donna Haraway, N.Katherine Hayles, Douglas Kellner et al are playing a formative role (I hope they can forgive me for my familial metaphors). One to monitor perhaps:

Open Access for Arts and Humanities
Open Humanities Press

has been launched to promote open access to Humanities scholarship:
Open Humanities Press (OHP) is an open access publisher of contemporary critical and cultural theory. A grassroots initiative by academics, librarians, journal editors and technology specialists, OHP was formed in response to the growing inequality of readers’ access to critical materials necessary for research in the humanities.
OHP is dedicated to the highest intellectual standards and free, unrestricted access in equal measure. Launching in 2008 as a consortium of leading open access journals in continental philosophy, cultural studies, new media, film and literary criticism, OHP is committed to making scholarly works of outstanding quality and challenge freely available to a worldwide audience.
Meanwhile, Hprints has been created to provide an online archive for Arts and Humanities:
Hprints is an Open Access repository aiming at making scholarly documents from the Arts and Humanities publicly available to the widest possible audience. It is the first of its kind in the Nordic Countries for the Humanities.
Hprints is a direct tool for scientific communication between academics. In the database scholars can upload full-text research material such as articles, papers, conference papers, book chapters etc. This means that the content of the posted material should be comparable to that of a paper that a scholar might submit for publication in for example a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
For scholars this is an opportunity to gain longstanding visibility. First of all, it is possible to search and find the paper by defined topics through an Internet search. Secondly, all submitted papers will be stored permanently and receive a stable web address.
This is probably great news for Arts and Humanities scholars, so hopefully the social sciences might feature more prominently as well as time goes on.

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