ERIC Number: ED414935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Mellon Conference: Panel on "Licensing, Copyright and Fair Use." The HYPATIA Project (toward an ASCAP for Academics).
Ginsburg, Jane C.; Janklow, Morton L.
The HYPATIA Project envisions the creation of a digital depository and licensing and tracking service for unpublished "academic" works, including working papers, other works-in-progress, lectures, and other writings that are not normally published in formal academic journals. Any academic who wishes to deposit a work will be welcome to do so; there will be no screening or peer review. Deposited works should be sent in HTML (HyperText Markup Language) format and upon depositing, the author will supply information necessary to cataloging the work. Every work deposited in HYPATIA will automatically receive an identifying ISBN-type number. The author, upon submission of the work, may demand that it self-delete from the depository by a date selected, or at any time. With each deposit, an author who wishes to impose terms and limitations of the work may select from a menu of choices. As a starting point, access will be limited to university-affiliated (or research institute-affiliated) users; a second phase of the project would extend access to independent scholars who do not have institutional affiliations. When registering, the user will encounter a series of screens outlining the general conditions on using HYPATIA. The depository will include an electronic catalog searchable by key word or by Boolean logic; the catalog will also be organized in a scroll-through format employing LC (Library of Congress) subject headings. The user will click on the catalog or type in the HYPATIA number to receive the work. The HYPATIA project does not now contemplate attempting to prevent users from making or circulating further copies of works obtained from the depository. Registered authors will have electronic "prestige" reports that they may interrogate any time. If the author has requested payment for access or copying, the registered user will need a debit account to access the work. It will be necessary to seek a grant to support the initial setup of and publicity for the system. The maintenance and helpline costs should be covered by a modest subscription from participating institutions, in exchange for the service of receiving and delivering works into/from the depository. (AEF)
Descriptors: Authors, Electronic Libraries, Electronic Publishing, Electronic Text, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Services, Online Systems, Programming Languages, Reference Services, Researchers, Scholarly Writing
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Web site: http://www.arl.org/scomm/scat/
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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