Q&A with CNI’s Clifford Lynch: Time to re-think the institutional repository?

Richard Poynder, Open, Shut?, Sept 22, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In this long (25 page PDF) article and interview with Clifford Lynch, Riochard Poynder looks at the state of affairs of open journal repositories (for example, the Open Archives Initiative Protocols for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)) and does not appear hopeful. "As with all issues concerning scholarly communication and open access, no one appears to have the necessary authority (or even perhaps the capability) to oversee strategic decision-making at this level effectively. And that is why it seems to me most likely that the academic publishing oligopoly will succeed in appropriating both OA and the institutional repository." From where I sit, reading this article, the main culprit (beyond the publishers themselves) seems to be the indifference of university professors. Publishing openly still seems to be a "minority sport".

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