Sophia Project – Online resources in philosophy and ethics

“Founded in 1999 by college educators, the Sophia Project is an online collection of original articles, primary source texts, and commentaries in the fields of philosophy and ethics designed to provide the newcomer to the discipline of philosophy with the resources necessary to read great philosophical works.  We believe that with the proper guidance almost any intelligent person can begin a life-long reading program in philosophy…and perhaps even become a bit wiser in the process….”

The Open Commons of Phenomenology

“We are a non-profit, international scholarly association whose mission is to provide free access to the full corpus of phenomenology as well as to develop and maintain the digital infrastructure required for its curation, study and dissemination….A digital platform will host all texts, documents and images in open access, feature interactive contents and offer an extensive set of digital tools such as multi-text search, data visualisations, citation index, bibliometric statistics, annotations and social sharing….”

Promoting open access in the humanities

The blog of the +American Philosophical Association is reprinting my 2004 article, “Promoting open access in the humanities,” in three new blog posts.

The first of three APA posts appeared today.
http://blog.apaonline.org/2017/06/01/open-access-in-the-humanities/

Here’s the full article.
https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/4729720

I’ve slightly revised the APA version to word things the way I’d word them today. But unfortunately I didn’t have time to update the substance. The examples and evidence are limited to what I knew in early 2004, which is close to ancient history in internet time.

For more recent examples and evidence, see the updates and supplements to my 2012 book (Open Access, MIT Press).
http://bit.ly/oa-book

Also see the items tagged with “oa.humanities” and “oa.philosophy” at the Open Access Tracking Project.
http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/oatp/tag/oa.humanities
http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/oatp/tag/oa.philosophy

These tag libraries are crowd-sourced, and you can make them more complete by taking part in the OATP. See the OATP home page for more detail.
http://bit.ly/o-a-t-p

Towards a philosophy of academic publishing

“Increasingly, scholars embrace a theory of technological disruption to indicate fundamental changes in the system of the digital text with the rise of open access. This theory needs closer scrutiny for its technological determinism….However one views it, the rise of open access (OA) has created a host of opportunities to challenge traditional publishing models….The open access movement aims to recover control—to assert our rights and ownership as cre- ators—over the material products of our academic labour, and in that sense is politically radical….Open access (OA), as noted earlier, has caused ripples through the publishing system, affecting the distribution of academic knowledge. The OA movement has widened the gap, in some sense, increasing visibility for some scholarship while creating difficulties in covering the costs of disseminating other scholarship. The geographical distribution of journal knowledge has become directly linked to a privileged world and sidelined those who struggle….OA raises issues around scholarly effort, academic quality and who profits by academic labour. Yet, we suggest, OA creates several opportunities for innovation. One of these is to encourage collective projects, thus to minimise the cost to individuals of Gold OA. Yet, this may fly in the face of the individualistic performativity underpinning many national research performance assessment audit tools….OA, despite its appropriation by the publishing houses to further enrich themselves at the expense of scholarly labour, does represent a valiant effort to regain the IP rights of scholars to their own work….”

“Open MIND” open access collection of original research publications on the mind, brain, and consciousness freely available online

“The MIND Group, run by the Mainz-based philosophy professor Thomas Metzinger, has chosen an unusual and innovative way to celebrate a special anniversary. Instead of organizing a one-off event, such as a conference, Professor Thomas Metzinger and Dr. Jennifer Windt are editing a collection of articles that document state-of-the-art research on the mind and the brain, consciousness, and the self. The collection is available online [open access] at http://open-mind.net to anyone interested and will subsequently be published as a 2,000-page book. The project is supported by a local team of advanced undergraduate and graduate students at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU)….”

Institutional subscriptions – PhilPapers

“For PhilPapers to survive and thrive, it needs financial support. PhilPapers started as a side project, but it has turned into a major enterprise. At the same time, David Bourget, the architect of the project, now has a tenure-track appointment with teaching, research, and service duties in addition to PhilPapers. To sustain PhilPapers in the long run, we need financial support for new technical and administrative staff. We have considered many different models, including asking for donations and requiring subscriptions. After much consultation, it has become clear to us that the best way forward is a model involving annual subscriptions for large institutions. Starting on July 1, 2014, the PhilPapers Foundation requires that research and teaching institutions offering a BA or higher degree in philosophy subscribe to PhilPapers in order to have the right of access to its index. Access to certain services, such as the public API and the Open Access Archive, remains free, as does access to PhilEvents and PhilJobs: Jobs for Philosophers. Access also remains free for individuals accessing PhilPapers from home. Institutions that do not subscribe will have their access limited in various ways (details below)….”