16.151 e-print archiving

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             From: Stevan Harnad <harnad@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
             Subject: Momentum for Eprint Archiving (fwd)

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    Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2002 20:16:42 +0100
    From: Peter Suber <peters@earlham.edu>
    Resent-Subject: Momentum for Eprint Archiving

    Momentum for eprint archiving

    Institutional eprint archiving is currently undergoing an unprecedented
    surge of acceptance and support. Years of patient work by many people
    at many institutions around the world have slowly assembled the pieces,
    spread the word, impressed the skeptics, and created a critical number
    of interoperable archives. Now archiving has reached a tipping point. Its
    rapidly spreading success is a pleasure to behold.

    For these purposes, eprint archiving has three components: (1) the
    software for building the archives, Eprints for large institutional or
    disciplinary archives and Kepler for smaller individual "archivelets",
    (2) the Open Archives Initiative metadata harvesting protocol, the
    standard for making the archives interoperable, and (3) the decision by
    universities and laboratories to launch archives and fill them with the
    research output of their faculty.

    Here are the major developments on these three fronts going back only
    six months. If you've been following the progress of the FOS movement for
    any number of years, you'll agree that no other single idea or technology
    in the movement has enjoyed this density of endorsement and adoption in
    a six month period:.

    February 1, 2002. JISC holds the meeting to launch its Focus on Access
    to Institutional Resources Programme (FAIR), a program "inspired by the
    vision of the Open Archives Initiative".

    February 6, 2002. Eight major library organizations from eight nations
    launch the International Scholarly Communication Alliance, which endorses
    institutional eprint archiving and the Open Archives Initiative.

    February 14, 2002. Eprints launches version 2.0.

    February 14, 2002. The Open Society Institute launches the Budapest
    Open Access Initiative, which endorses institutional eprint archiving
    and the Open Archives Initiative.

    February 25, 2002. The University of Michigan Libraries Digital Library
    Production Service announces the launch of OAIster, which creates an
    OAI-compliant archive out of content previously invisible in the deep

    March 2002. The CARL/ABRC (Canadian Association of Research Libraries /
    Association des bibliotheques de recherche du Canada) issues a report
    endorsing the Open Archives Initiative.

    March, 2002. Francois Schiettecatte launches my.OAI, a flexible search
    engine for OAI-compliant archives.

    March 12, 2002. MIT's OAI-compliant DSpace enters its Early Adopter
    Phase http://libraries.mit.edu/about/news/early-dspace.html

    March 26, 2002. The first DELOS EU/NSF Digital Libraries All Projects
    Meeting in Rome devotes a forum to the Open Archives Initiative.

    March 26, 2002. The OCLC Institute hosts the satellite videoconference,
    "A New Harvest: Revealing Hidden Resources With the Open Archives
    Metadata Harvesting Protocol" with host Lorcan Dempsey and featured
    speaker Herbert Van de Sompel.

    April 3, 2002. The California Digital Library launches the OAI-compliant
    eScholarship Repository.

    April 7, 2002. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign launches
    its OAI-compliant Cultural Heritage repository.

    April 11, 2002. Stephen Pinfield, Mike Gardner and John MacColl write
    an important article for _Ariadne_ on their experience setting up
    institutional eprint archives at the universities of Edinburgh and

    April 17, 2002. At the Museums and the Web 2002 conference in Boston,
    Timothy Cole and five co-authors present their experience setting up
    the UIUC Cultural Heritage Repository.

    May-June, 2002. Colin Steele and Lorena Kanellopoulos visit each of the
    Group of Eight universities in Australia to promote the creation and
    use of eprint repositories. Queensland set up an archive, Monash plans
    to do so, and Melbourne is experimenting; the rest of the Group of Eight
    is expected to create archives shortly. The separate university archive
    projects have web sites, but not the Steele-Kanellopoulos roadshow.

    May, 2002. CARL/ABRC launches a project to create institutional archives
    at seven Canadian universities and have the institutions exchange
    ideas, suggestions and best practices. (Also see the November 21-22
    conference, below.) The project itself does not have a web page, but
    it does have this page of relevant resources.

    May, 2002. RLG (Research Libraries Group) and OCLC (Online Computers
    Library Center) release their major report, "Trusted Digital Repositories:
    Attributes and Responsibilities".

    May 6, 2002. The Perseus Project launches its Open Archives Initiative

    May 9, 2002. Colin Steele gives a seminar on eprint archives at University
    of Adelaide.

    May 21, 2002. ARL (Association of Research Libraries) releases its
    final report on its Scholars Portal project, and calls for it to be

    May 29, 2002. _The Australian_ publishes a major article on eprint

    June 14, 2002. The OAI releases version 2.0 of the protocol for metadata

    June 22, 2002. A group chaired by Colin Steele completes specifications
    for a national center to promote eprint repositories in Australia. The
    specifications were requested by the Australian Department of Education,
    Science and Training department. There is no web site yet for this

    July 1, 2002. OAIster launches version 1.0 of its search interface.

    July 1, 2002. Eprints affiliates with GNU, assuring that it will remain
    free and open source.

    July 1, 2002. Eprints forms a partnership with Ingenta, which will produce
    a commercial version of the software (more in the Ingenta story above).

    July 4, 2002. Eprints launches version 2.1.

    July 5, 2002. Jeffrey Young publishes an important article on institutional
    archiving in the _Chronicle of Higher Education_.

    July 8, 2002. William Nixon writes an important article for _Ariadne_ on
    the experience of setting up an institutional archive at the University
    of Glasgow.

    July 14, 2002. The Public Knowledge Project releases its Open Archives

    July 14, 2002. Michael Nelson, Herbert Van de Sompel, and Simeon
    Warner present an "Advanced Overview of Version 2.0 of the OAI Protocol
    for Metadata Harvesting" at the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital

    July 16-17, 2002. The Joint Conference on Digital Libraries gives the
    OAI two sessions at its 2002 meeting in Portland, Oregon. (Scroll down
    to sessions 6B and 10A.)

    July 29, 2002. The University of Southampton, which developed the eprints
    software, announces TARDIS (Targeting Academic Research for Deposit and
    dISclosure), a project to stimulate the practice of eprint archiving.

    July 29, 2002. SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
    Coalition) releases its major position paper, "The Case for Institutional
    http://www.arl.org/sparc/IR/ir.html (HTML)
    http://www.arl.org/sparc/IR/IR_Final_Release_102.pdf (PDF)

    August 1, 2002. Project SHERPA (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research
    Preservation and Access) begins operation. Funded by JISC-FAIR, SHERPA
    is designed to stimulate eprint archiving in the UK CURL (Consortium of
    University Research Libraries) institutions.
    http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/ (home page under construction)

    August 2, 2002. Max Rauner writes an important story on institutional
    archiving for _NZZ Online_.
    http://www.nzz.ch/2002/08/02/em/page-article88LHN.html (In German)
    http://makeashorterlink.com/?F22715371 (Google's English translation)

    August 3, 2002. Kendra Mayfield writes a major story on eprint archives
    for _Wired News_.

    August 8, 2002. And now this:

    If we peek a little into the future, we see three important meetings

    October 17-19, 2002. CERN will host its second annual workshop on the
    Open Archives Initiative and eprint archives.
    Here's the web site for the first CERN OAI workshop, in March 2001.

    October 18, 2002. ARL, SPARC, and CNI will host a workshop on
    institutional repositories in Washington, D.C.
    (Rick Johnson of SPARC tells me that this workshop has already attracted
    more than 100 registrations from 66 universities. This suggests widespread
    interest in launching institutional repositories.)

    November 21-11, 2002. CARL/ABRC will host a conference ("Research,
    Innovation and Canadian Scholarship: Exploring and implementing some
    new models for scholarly publishing") on the lessons learned from
    its ongoing project to launch and monitor archives at seven Canadian
    universities. (See the CARL/ABRC entry for May above.) The conference
    program and registration information will soon appear at the CARL web site.

    There are also some developments without specific dates:

    The BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative) is considering a program to
    support institutional archiving.
    (No details on the site yet. Stay tuned; I'll report any developments.)

    The BOAI self-archiving FAQ is growing steadily.
    (If you haven't seen it recently, see it now. It has become extremely
    detailed and thorough.)

    Helene Bosc reports that five eprint repositories have recently sprung up
    in France:

            These-En-Ligne (theses only)

            l'Institut Jean Nicod

            l'Archive Lyon2

            Paristech (theses only)


    * Here are the URLs of some players mentioned above without links.



    Open Archives Initiative

    * Thanks to Helene Bosc, Sarah Faraud, Chris Gutteridge, Melissa Hagemann,
    Stevan Harnad, Rick Johnson, Xiaoming Liu, Tim Mark, Stephen Pinfield,
    Colin Steele, and Herbert Van de Sompel for providing details.

    Peter Suber

    Copyright (c) 2002, Peter Suber

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