"There is a huge debate right now about making academic literature freely accessible and moving toward open access. But what would be possible if people stopped talking about it and just dug in and got on with it?
NASA’sAstrophysics Data System (ADS), hosted by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), has quietly been working away since the mid-’90s. Without much, if any, fanfare amongst the other disciplines, it has moved astronomers into a world where access to the literature is just a given. It’s something they don’t have to think about all that much.
The ADS service provides access to abstracts for virtually all of the astronomical literature. But it also provides access to the full text of more than half a million papers, going right back to the start of peer-reviewed journals in the 1800s. The service has links to online data archives, along with reference and citation information for each of the papers, and it’s all searchable and downloadable."
I am a librarian at University of California Irvine. My title is Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies and Scholarly Communications Coordinator. My education background includes a B.S. Physics (Carnegie-Mellon, 1988) and M.L.I.S. (University of Texas, Austin, 1994). I have worked at LSU-Baton Rouge and Princeton University prior to UC Irvine.