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Monday, March 21, 2005
 
The Deinde Kitten and a Biblical Studies Article Repository ::

Stephen C in an update to his post describes Paul Nikkel's dramatic contribution to our conversation about the possibility of a Biblical Studies Open Access Article Repository as letting "a little kitten out of the bag" which is not a bad metaphor, since little kittens can grow up into quite big cats!

In one sense since all we have (for now) is the kitten, there's little point in saying "Go read Paul's announcement!" because one can summarise it fast: he and Danny are working on a system and are negotiating for funding to set up the sort of repository we have been dreaming about. This is really exciting, but understandably they cannot say more till various things are settled...

So, do we wait holding our breath, or do we start in with our wish lists?

I will at least say now that I really hope that they set it up in such a way that it is stable, reliable and protected. Both technically and socially. It is this need for stability etc. that was one of my reasons for proposing that the repository might be an SBL project, but perhaps Paul and Danny have found another way to insure those things. The other main reason for suggesting SBL was to ensure that the repository gained a "critical mass" of articles fast. I'll be interested to hear - in due course - how Deinde plans to address these two concerns...


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