[UPS] RE: free online access to 137,000+ science articles
Michael L. Nelson
Mon, 6 Mar 2000 15:06:24 -0500 (EST)
>this could be an edifying competition, if having the most FREE articles
>becomes a selling point
an extremely worthwhile competition, IMO. perhaps an annual "prize" or
some other recognition by an appropriate agency would go a long way to
further driving competition. never underestimate the value of a piece of
decorative plastic to show to managers...
Having said that, I have serious issues with methodology apparently
employed in the press release:
"Earth's Largest Free Full-Text Science Archives"
assuming the operative words are "free", "full-text" and "science"
* GPO Access - http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/db2.html
* Project Gutenberg Electronic Public Library - http://promo.net/pg/
* Thomas Legislative Information on the Internet - http://thomas.loc.gov/
all valuable resources, however, to borrow a phrase, "but is it science?"
* United States Geological Survey - http://www.usgs.gov/
maybe I did not search long enough, but through:
I could not find "free" or "full-text" reports.
Furthermore, this press release highlights the need to distinguish between
"data providers" and "service providers". For example, these service
providers are not included:
* ResearchIndex - http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/cs
claims access to 250k+ full text documents. but these documents are
spidered from various existing archives.
* NTRS - http://techreports.larc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/NTRS
discounting the ADS documents it provides access to (300k+), there are
still 17k+ documents accessible by NTRS. provided from smaller archives
(e.g., 7k, 6k, 2k, etc.)
whether or not service providers should be included in such a list is
debatable; perhaps a separate list is called for.
Michael L. Nelson
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