Friday, August 15, 2008

Open Access in anthropology and the world

Via Peter Suber and Open Access News:

A conversation about OA in anthropology

Christopher Kelty and six co-authors, Anthropology of/in Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies, Cultural Anthropology, August 13, 2008.

Abstract: In a conversation format, seven anthropologists with extensive expertise in new digital technologies, intellectual property, and journal publishing discuss issues related to open access, the anthropology of information circulation, and the future of scholarly societies. Among the topics discussed are current anthropological research on open source and open access; the effects of open access on traditional anthropological topics; the creation of community archives and new networking tools; potentially transformative uses of field notes and materials in new digital ecologies; the American Anthropological Association’s recent history with these issues, from the development of AnthroSource to its new publishing arrangement with Wiley-Blackwell; and the political economies of knowledge circulation more generally.

And also read Open access: why it matters. Some notes on the importance of open access (OA) itself, quite apart from possible secondary effects. Most of these notes are brief excerpts of longer essays by Peter Suber

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