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An archive of scholarly publishing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 17K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Sandon, Lydia: AUTHOR [+3]

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http://theses.mit.edu:80/Dienst/UI/2.0/Describe/0018.mit.theses/1999-110: URL

Abstract

This paper details the research into, design of, and implementation of a computer system built to archive scholarly publishing completed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and within other institutions of higher learning. The archive will provide a central, stable repository for researchers looking for permanent housing for their published work. The Web interface to the system provides easy means of collaboration among researchers within a single institution through simple searching on relevant categories. The database will also provide an easy mechanism for creation and maintenance of an academic curriculum vitae for its users as well as a forum for relevant feedback on the content. Fundamentally, however, the system has another purpose: to increase the libraries' role as knowledge-keepers over commercial journals which would like to maintain that position at a cost to both researchers and libraries. This system serves both to attempt to change a status quo which is rather undesirable, especially in the face of recent legislative decisions, and to show that technological systems are viable mechanisms for change of social establishment. Thesis Supervisor: Harold Abelson Title: Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science [2]

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 This record is the front matter from a document that appears on a server at MIT and is used through permission from MIT. See http://theses.mit.edu:80/Dienst/UI/2.0/Describe/0018.mit.theses/1999-110 for copyright details and for the full document in image form.

An Archive of Scholarly Publishing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

by

Lydia Sandon
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

June 1999
SIGNATURE OF author: [[signature omitted]]

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science May 1999
CERTIFIED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Harold Abelson

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Thesis Supervisor ACCEPTED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Arthur C. Smith Chairman, Departmental Committee on Graduate Students

ARCHIVES MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARIES JUL 15 1999

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Page 1 Dec 31, 1999

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An archive of scholarly publishing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

An Archive of Scholarly Publishing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

By

Lydia Sandon

Submitted to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on May 1999, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering In Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Abstract

This paper details the research into, design of, and implementation of a computer system built to archive scholarly publishing completed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and within other institutions of higher learning.

The archive will provide a central, stable repository for researchers looking for permanent housing for their published work. The Web interface to the system provides easy means of collaboration among researchers within a single institution through simple searching on relevant categories. The database will also provide an easy mechanism for creation and maintenance of an academic curriculum vitae for its users as well as a forum for relevant feedback on the content.

Fundamentally, however, the system has another purpose: to increase the libraries' role as knowledge-keepers over commercial journals which would like to maintain that position at a cost to both researchers and libraries. This system serves both to attempt to change a status quo which is rather undesirable, especially in the face of recent legislative decisions, and to show that technological systems are viable mechanisms for change of social establishment.

Thesis Supervisor: Harold Abelson Title: Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

[2]

Acknowledgments

I would like first to thank Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. As he has done for so many other people, he has helped me tremendously and taught me much. I couldn't have asked for a better adv...