Ethics, Archaeology, and Open Access

By: Eric Kansa

The issue of open access to scholarly works recently gained renewed attention following the tragic suicide of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist charged with felony computer and intellectual property crimes involving the mass download of articles from JSTOR. ASOR uses JSTOR as a repository for the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR) and Near Eastern Archaeology (NEA)*.

Eric Kansa, a member of ASOR and the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) wrote the following opinion piece regarding the implications of Swartz’s death for scholarly communications in archaeology. The following reposts Eric’s discussion and a response from Fred Limp, President of the SAA. Both were originally posted here:
http://www.alexandriaarchive.org/blog/?p=891 and here: http://www.alexandriaarchive.org/blog/?p=899

Eric directs Open Context, an open data publication service for archaeology. He originally discussed open access issues in NEA (2007) with his colleagues Sarah Whitcher Kansa and Jason Schultz. He also co-edited (with Sarah Whitcher Kansa and Ethan Watrall) Archaeology 2.0, an open access book about new modes of scholarly communication published with the Cotsen Institute Press (UCLA). His most recent contributions exploring open access in archaeology are published in a special of World Archaeology (2012) edited by Mark Lake, and in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies (in press). Continue reading

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NEA 75.2 (June 2012) Letter from the Editor -Issue Available Online on JSTOR

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From the Editor

It gives me great pleasure, as the new Editor of Near Eastern Archaeology, to present the June issue of the journal. Publishing Near Eastern Archaeology continues to be both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to present, in single issues of just 64 pages, snapshots of the different civilizations of this vast area through the several millennia of their history and of the diversity of modern scholarship. Is there anything like an “ancient Near East,” defined by similar ideas and embraced by a common past? How can we hope to understand those cultures in light of the fragmentary nature of the evidence and our different modern mentalities? How do we inform our readers in a meaningful and accessible way of the controversial debates and the often highly specialized scholarly methods and approaches? Continue reading

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NEA 73.2-3 (special issue on the archaeology of Lebanon) available online for subscribers

ASOR is pleased to announce that NEA 73.2-3 (June/September 2010) has now been posted online at Atypon Link. This double issue is 144 pages and focuses on the archaeology of Lebanon. This issue (and almost 4 years of back issues) is available to online subscribers of NEA and to ASOR members who have chosen an online subscription as part of their membership.

The issue contains articles by Jeanine Abdul Massih, Gassia Artin, Jean-Paul Thalmann, Hermann Genz, Claude Doumet-Serhal, Hélène Sader and Jens Kamlah, María Eugenia Aubet, Josette Elayi, Zeina Haddad, Ibrahim Noureddine, Suzy Hakimian, Leila Badre, Lina G. Tahan, and Neil Asher Silberman. There are also reviews by Sharon Zuckerman, Louise Steel, Kevin Butcher, and Benjamin W. Porter.

You may access the table of contents here:

http://www.atypon-link.com/ASOR/toc/nea/73/2-3

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B. Sass posts reply to articles in NEA 72/4

Prof. Benjamin Sass, Tel Aviv University, has posted a reply to proposals made about Taita, King of Palistin in a recent issue of NEA (72/4).

Sass’ response is found online in the “Dig-it-al NEA” section of ASOR website. This online supplement to NEA is free:

http://www.asor.org/pubs/nea/dig-it-al-nea.html

You may access the table of contents of NEA 72.4 at Atypon Link here:

http://www.atypon-link.com/ASOR/toc/nea/2009/72/4

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BASOR back issues available at steep discounts

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BASOR 357 (Feb 2010) available online

BASOR 357 (Feb 2010)

ASOR is pleased to announce that BASOR 357 (February 2010) has now been posted online at Atypon Link.

You may access the table of contents here:

http://www.atypon-link.com/ASOR/toc/basor/357/february+2010

The issue contains articles by Maysoon al-Nahar, Christopher M. Monroe, Gideon Avni, and Asa Eger.

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