Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 753. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Jeff Love
Subject: Preprint Servers and Open Repositories (Zenodo) (46)  From: Christian Wittern Subject: Beyond Academia.edu: Shadow Libraries (38) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2020-04-11 13:54:30+00:00 From: Jeff Love Subject: Preprint Servers and Open Repositories (Zenodo) Hi Everyone, I was very pleased to see a couple of references to the Humanities Commons Core, to which I frequently refer as a good example of community sharing in the humanities. A few people have also expressed a desire to have something like an arxiv.org for their discipline, which sounds entirely feasible to me. I wanted to point out, however, that arxiv.org and other arxiv sites (e.g. psyarxiv.com for Psychology) are, to the best of my knowledge, intended to be preprint servers (someone more informed about these please correct me). This means that they are used specifically for shared/published drafts of material one deems fit for public consumption or papers submitted prior to peer-review. They serve a variety of purposes, particularly in fields where haste is common, transparency is essential and duplication of studies is possible and potentially costly. While I do not consider speed to be an essential factor of most scholarship in the humanities, I could certainly see some benefits to having a preprint server for some humanities/humanities-adjacent fields for work of which 80% can be done fairly rapidly but the remaining 20% can take years. I think immediately of textual editions, archeological reports and the like, where others might derive benefit from seeing initial materials. An intrepid few even set up Bodoarxiv (https://osf.io/preprints/bodoarxiv) a year or so ago for medievalists, but it doesn't seem to have gotten much uptake quite yet. At the risk of recommending a service already widely known to members of this list, I wanted to mention Zenodo (www.zenodo.org) as a complement for materials people might like to make available but don't quite fit the scope of Humanities Commons (3d models? databases? white papers?). Zenodo is essentially a vast, general repository where people can put all manner of 'things', as my colleagues occasionally call them, so long as they pertain to research. The repository was initially created by CERN to house persistent datasets supplemental to publications, but now users of the platform (including quite a few flavours of humanist) can and do use it to store all manner of other materials. It's not flashy and does not include what I would call 'social features' offered by other services, but it is reliable, accessible to everyone with an internet connection, free of charge and maintained by a trusted research institution. Perhaps at least a few more of us can make use of this as a home for those items we'd like to have out in the digital world. Regards, Jeff -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2020-04-11 02:33:39+00:00 From: Christian Wittern Subject: Beyond Academia.edu: Shadow Libraries Dear Humanists, I have been following the interesting statements in the thread around Academia.edu and would like to contribute a different angle. In /Shadow Libraries, Access to Knowledge in Global Higher Education/ (MIT Press 2018; CC BY-NC 4.0) edited by Joe Karaganis, the authors look at a variety of cases involving access to research publications, from the samizdat underground literature to sites such as LibGen, especially in countries with a recent high growth in student population such as India, Brazil, Poland and South Africa. From the introduction: "Shadow Libraries explores this reorganization of the flow of educational and research materials as they pass from authors to publishers and libraries, to students and researchers, and from comparatively rich universities to poorer ones. From the top down, Shadow Libraries explores the institutions that shape the provision of these materials, from the formal sector of universities and publishers to the broadly informal ones organized by faculty, copy shops, student unions, and students themselves. It looks at the history of policy battles over access to education in the post–World War II era and at the narrower versions that have played out in relation to research and textbooks, from library policies to book subsidies to, more recently, the several “open” publication models that have emerged in the higher education sector." All the best, Christian  https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/shadow-libraries , scroll down to the download link, interestingly hosted on Dropbox. _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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