Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Open Access at the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

The appearance in the current issue (Volume 65 Number 3, May/June 2012) of Archaeology of AIA President Elizabeth Bartman's column From the President: Open Access, prompted me to go in search of what sorts of open access content the AIA is in fact providing to readers around the world.  The list which follows below -- and which is by no means complete -- does not seem to support President Bartman's statement that the AIA has "taken a stand against open access".  There have been some strongly worded public reactions to the statement in Archaeology.  Others, including one co-written by me, have been sent to the AIA with the explicit intent of encouraging dialog among members of the AIA, its governance, and the archaeological community at large.

Update:  On 30 September 2012 AIA President Elizabeth Bartman published a Letter from AIA President Elizabeth Bartman on Open Access clarifying her position "In an editorial in Archaeology magazine (May/June 2012), I made a statement that I want to clarify, about the AIA's position toward open access..."  I urge you to read it.

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Explore the serenity of the highlanders on Minoan Crete
Johnson's Island: Unlocking a Civil War Prison
Join archaeologist David Bush beyond the "dead line" at Johnson's Island, Ohio. This year, our investigations are centered on Block 8 within the Prison Compound.
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Black Sea Shipwreck Research Project
Join Benjamin Goetsch and his team and their international colleagues as they finish excavation of the Pisa Wreck and begin a survey off the coast of Crimea.
Distilling the Past
Explore George Washington's post-presidential career as a whiskey distiller at Mount Vernon.
Revealing Ancient Bolivia
Return with archaeologists to Tiwanaku, the mysterious site high in the Andes.
Letters from Arizona
Join Forest Archaeologist Peter Pilles as he excavates Elden Pueblo.
Diving with the Dead
Editor Kristin Romey explores sacred Maya cenotes in the Yucatán.
In Vesuvius' Shadow
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A Puzzle in the Petén
How did the Maya site of Waka' fit into the struggle between two superpowers?
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Petra's Great Temple
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Brooklyn's Eighteenth-century Lott House
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