eprints.org: How and Why to Free the Refereed Research Literature Now

Stevan Harnad harnad at cogito.ecs.soton.ac.uk
Thu Jan 25 12:20:03 EST 2001

For the motivation behind the eprints.org initiative, see:

    "How and Why to Free the Refereed Research Literature Online 
     Through Author/Institution Self-Archiving, Now"


This is to announce that, to coincide with the January 23 Open Meeting
in Washington announcing the release of OAI 1.0:


eprints.org at Southampton has simultaneously released the OAI
1.0-compliant version of the eprints.org archive-creating software
Eprints Version 1.1.1


The eprints software is free, of course. Originally created by Matt
Hemus as CogPrints <http://cogprints.soton.ac.uk>, and then extensively
re-designed for OA-compliance, power and generality by Robert Tansley,
and recently upgraded to OAI 1.0 by Chris Gutteridge (all at
Southampton University), the software has been made as flexible and
adaptable as possible, so that all universities and research
institutions can immediately adopt and configure it with minimal effort
for all disciplines. Hence it complements centralised, discipline-based
archiving with distributed, institution-based archiving.

The generic version of eprints is fully interoperable with all other
OAI-compliant Open Archives. This means that it no longer matters where
papers are archived: The papers in all OAI-compliant Archives can be
harvested using the OAI protocol
into one global "virtual archive" by Open Archives Service Providers
such as the Cross Archive Searching Service

Below are 

    (1) a testimonial from California Digital Libraries, one of the
    early adopters of the eprints.org software

    (2) the most recent features of eprints 1.1.1
    (3) some relevant chronology and URLs.

Note that all existing Eprints Archives can be upgraded to OAI
1.0-compliance with this new release. The eprints.org archive-creating
software is free, draws only on free software, and will shortly be

Stevan Harnad                     harnad at cogsci.soton.ac.uk
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             Computer Science     fax:   +44 23-80 592-865
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    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 21:06:41 +0800
    From: Catherine Candee <catherine.candee at ucop.edu>
    To: Stevan Harnad <harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk>
    Subject: ePrints and eScholarship


    Though we haven't met, I wanted to write you personally to thank
    you for making ePrints available. Your software is a major
    contribution to our mutual effort to transform the scholarly
    communication cycle. I am the CDL director responsible for the
    eScholarship program, where we are making good use of ePrints. Our
    repositories provide the foundation of the eScholarship

    We are providing the first three repositories to scholars in
    International and Area Studies, Dermatology, and Tobacco Control
    Research beginning tomorrow, Jan 19, 2001. We expect we will have
    some interesting findings as they begin to actively test and use
    these prototype repositories. We have some models for how the
    repositories will logically fit together with the kind of wider
    sphere of surrounding scholarly products we envision (e.g., DOJ as
    overlay journal), but there are many particular issues still to be
    resolved which may have implications for how the software is
    developed.  We will try to report as much as we can what we learn
    in our experiment with ePrints: <http://eprints.cdlib.org/>

    So, on behalf of the eScholarship team and the open archive
    community, I thank you for this wonderful piece of code. You will
    be receiving a more formal letter tomorrow, addressed to all
    eScholarship partners and contributors, which will detail more of
    the CDL and eScholarship activities. ePrints will be prominently
    featured in the letter.

    Best regards,
    Catherine Candee
    Director, Scholarly Communication Initiatives
    California Digital Library
    University of California
    300 Lakeside Drive 6th Floor
    Oakland, CA 94612-3550

    510.893.5212 (Fax)
    Catherine.Candee at ucop.edu

    EPRINTS 1.1

    New features should be regarded as stable; they have been well
    tested but they have not yet been extensively tested "in the

    Key Upgrades include:
        OAI 1.0 compliance
        support for MySQL not running on localhost
        support for multiple instances of eprints running on
                one mod_perl/apache server (1.0 claimed to do this
                but had some problems)
        new datafield "username" representing users to associate
                the item with.

        mod_perl namespace collisions with multiple eprints (mentioned
        removed GNU-only command options from installation scripts.

    Please remember to use the online bug tracking system for reporting
    problems:  http://bugs.eprints.org

    Note the new logo (symbolic of piecing together the global Eprint Archive
    out of the individual OAI-compliant ones)


    Psycoloquy (Refereed On-Line-Only Journal) (1989)

    "Scholarly Skywriting"  (1990)

    Physics Archive (1991)

    "PostGutenberg Galaxy" (1991)

    "Interactive Publication" (1992)

    Self-Archiving ("Subversive") Proposal (1994)

    "Tragic Loss" (Odlyzko) (1995)

    "Last Writes" (Hibbitts) (1996)

    NCSTRL: Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library (1996)

    University Provosts' Initiative (1997)

    CogPrints: Cognitive Sciences Archive (1998)

    Journal of High Energy Physics (Refereed On-Line-Only Journal) (1998)

    Science Policy Forum (1998)

    American Scientist Forum (1998)

    OpCit:Open Citation Linking Project (1999)

    E-biomed: Varmus (NIH) Proposal (1999)

    Open Archives Initiative (1999)

    Cross-Archive Searching Service (2000)

    Eprints: Free OAI 1.0-compliant Eprint-Archive-creating software (2001)

    Harnad Home Pages


NOTE: A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing free
access to the refereed journal literature online is available at the
American Scientist September Forum (98 & 99 & 00 & 01):


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