Document Type

Article

Publication Date

January 2006

Keywords

Institutional Repositories, Technology, Humanities, Open Access

Abstract

The last two decades of the 20th century brought rapid and cataclysmic change to the industrialized world with the introduction and then invasion of computer technology into every aspect of life. Dissemination of scholarly research in many disciplines had migrated from journals and books produced by scholarly societies and university presses to the for-profit sector. As the corporate publishers began reaping profits from the scholarly enterprise, electronic publication and “taking back” the publication of research were solutions proposed to make the dissemination of research affordable for academe. The research library and scholarly publishing communities are collaborating in the establishment of Institutional Repositories and advocating open access to scholarly resources. These initiatives are at the heart of the “transformation of scholarly communication.” The “Digital Dilemma” is posed by need to take advantage of technological dissemination of information juxtaposed with older traditions of the academy. To survive in the “information society” the humanities need to address a broader public. The information commons of the Internet provides a broader international audience for scholarship. This paper explores the issues posed by the “Digital Dilemma” and the changes taking place in humanities scholarship that address those issues.

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