Israel Scholar Works to Expand Israel and Global Jewish Scholar Communication Tradition
By publishing the first postscript article, Israel Scholar, a web based independent non-profit educational organization based in academic town of Rehovot, Israel, officially launched today The Israel Scholar Works.
Israel Scholar Works (ISW) is a digital archive (repository) for creative work by the faculty, staff and students of Israel Academic Institutions and Jewish scholars all around the world. Run by scholars, Israel Scholar Works aims to facilitate innovation in the production and dissemination of Israel scholarship, to promote and unite Israel and global Jewish scholarship, to make it available to a wider audience, and to help assure its long-term preservation.
Israel Scholar, its partners in Israel and across the global academic world are reshaping scholarly communication. Taking digital age advantage of the modern Internet technology and its' end-user availability, Israel Scholar has established the Israel Scholar Works, where every Israel and/or Jewish scholar can personally permanently archive his or her creative work, and make it freely available for peers and for the public. Such archive thus provides a platform to have Israel scholars' rights to regain control over their scholarship realized easily.
While Israel Scholar Works present focus is postscript (or postprint) archiving of articles originally published in peer-reviewed journals and dissertations by Israel/Jewish scholars, in future the Repository will offer direct control over creation and dissemination of the full range of scholarly output, including pre-publication materials, conference proceedings, book chapters and teaching series. Importantly, it will cross disciplinary boundaries, giving it a wider scope than any journal or any small set of journals.
This is especially important, because current scholar publishing models are not economically sound and do not serve the public interest. Academic researchers, faculty and students have access to a decreasing fraction of relevant scholarship. New software tools and technologies, however, are being developed, tested and implemented. In addition to The Works, Israel Scholar runs Israel Scholar Communication Scrolls section that help scholars to realize that the responsibility and rights of regaining control of scholarly communication rests with them.
Sadly, "Israel does not have the level of Open Access activity that we see in any other part of the world with comparable levels of higher education and research," says Peter Suber, a leading proponent of Open Access, Open Access project director of Washington, DC based non-profit Public Knowledge, and the author of Open Access News. Israel Scholar Works founder Dr. Alexei Koudinov "is the leading proponent of Open Access in Israel and is trying almost alone to change this," Professor Suber adds.
Israel Scholar aims to raise the profile of Open Access among Israeli scholars, librarians, university administrators, and government officials, and help bring Israel to a level of recognition for its OA activity commensurate with its levels of scientific research.
Having a feasible development project (presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, October 14-18, 2006), Israel Scholar is open for grant or philanthropic support by an individual or organization.
Israel Scholar Works is available at www.israelscholar.org
For more information, please contact Israel Scholar at (972 54) 796-8607 , skype userid akoudinov or postmaster[at]israelscholar.org .