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What does Academia_edu’s success mean for Open Access? The data-driven world of search engines and social networking

Hall, Gary (2015) What does Academia_edu’s success mean for Open Access? The data-driven world of search engines and social networking. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (22 Oct 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

With over 36 million visitors each month, the massive popularity of Academia.edu is uncontested. But posting on Academia.edu is far from being ethically and politically equivalent to using an institutional open access repository, argues Gary Hall. Academia.edu’s financial rationale rests on exploiting the data flows generated by the academics who use the platform. The open access movement is in danger of being outflanked, if not rendered irrelevant by centralised entities like Academia.edu who can capture, analyse and exploit extremely large amounts of data.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 10:10
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 15:58
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70865

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