[Journal-notes] OECD December 2004 Working Party Report

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Sep 20 06:41:07 EST 2005


    Organisation de Coopération et de Développement Economiques
    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 02-Sep-2005
    DIRECTORATE FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY
    COMMITTEE FOR INFORMATION, COMPUTER AND COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
    Working Party on the Information Economy
    DIGITAL BROADBAND CONTENT: SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING
    http://www.lessig.org/blog/archives/oecd_sci.pdf

Presented to the Working Party on the Information Economy in December
2004 and declassified by the Committee for Information, Computer and
Communications Policy in March 2005, this report is not without some
value, though it is considerably out of date today, and was already out
of date in December 2004. It devotes far too much space to OA publishing
(gold) relative to OA self-archiving (green), treating OA as if its real
goal were OA publishing, rather than OA (perhaps because this report is
really about the economics of publishing rather than the exigencies of
research). It contains the usual confusions about peer review, repeatedly
fading out on the the fact that self-archiving is the self-archiving
of peer-reviewed journal articles; it misses the lion's share of the
evidence of the OA research impact advantage; and it makes spurious
distinctions between OA "archives" and "repositories."

But it will be an interesting historical curiosity, once this all reaches its
optimal and inevitable conclusion.

Prior Amsci Threads on OECD:

    http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/3530.html
    http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/3511.html
    http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/4370.html

Stevan Harnad




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