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

peter.suber's bookmarks 2015-10-23


"With over 36 million visitors each month, the massive popularity of is uncontested. But posting on is far from being ethically and politically equivalent to using an institutional open access repository, argues Gary Hall.’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 who can capture, analyse and exploit extremely large amounts of data ..."


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Date tagged:

10/23/2015, 09:15

Date published:

10/23/2015, 13:15