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Case Study of a Pro-Open Access Organisation

T

he Society of Antiquaries of

– available in digital form through

there is a rolling access wall on the

Scotland has been publishing

the Archaeology Data Service. This

most recent Proceedings, although

since 1792. To begin with, this

would be completely free of charge

discussions to determine the most

consisted of sporadic transactions

and available to everyone, not just

appropriate timescale are underway.

(known

Fellows of the Society.

as

Archaeologia

Scotica,

the last of which appeared in 1890)

As well as the above, the Society

followed in 1851 by annual publication

This involved the scanning of every

also publishes (but generally does

of the Proceedings. The Society

single page (more than 30,000 in

not fund) the Scottish Archaeological

published

total), the conversion of the resultant

Internet Reports (SAIR). SAIR is fully

images

(optically

peer reviewed, freely available and

its

first

archaeological

monograph in 1982.

character

into

readable

OCRed)

online only and is primarily intended

In 2002, the Society began an

PDF format, and then the indexing

for papers that particularly benefit

ambitious project to make the entire

and checking of each article. The

from

contents of its publications – all of

scanning project was funded by

includes very lengthy projects, those

Archaeologia Scotica, the Proceedings

Historic

ARCHway

with many illustrations (especially

and

out-of-print

recognized,

Scotland,

the

or

electronic

publishing.

This

monographs,

Project and the Russell Trust, and

colour illustrations) or tables, and

adding up to some 30,000 pages

the Society continues to update this

those which include detailed specialist

spanning over 200 years of enquiry

content each year. At the moment,

sections

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