I’d like to make a few modest suggestions as we move forward:

  1. We’ve suggested having an OAA event at the AAA and at the same time there’s a lot of momentum for some sort of website to promote this sort of thing. Can I suggest that we have a meeting at AAA — perhaps at the SM party, perhaps somewhere else — where we sit down and generate a series of options for the OAA web site? I know that I have resources available at my university to contribute. So let’s try to pool our resources and brainstorm at AAAs to make sure our efforts have a maximal impact (although I encourage planning to continue here and on Kerim’s wiki in the mean time).

  2. I’m unilaterally announcing the birth of an irc channel devoted to all things anthropology — #savageminds on irc.freenode.net. I’m on already and will continue to haunt the channel. People should feel free to come by. Since IRC is not the most popular protocol I know we probably will not get dozens and dozens of people, but I do want people to have a way to communicate in realtime if they want to. Might be fun to see how the community develops.

How does this sound to people?


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at rex@savageminds.org

5 thoughts on “OAA, AAA, IRC

  1. I think it generating an informal discussion on open access is vital inside and outside the AAA. I know the party is around eleven days away, on Friday the 17th and will run till the “wee hours of the morning.” I don’t know if I can make it to the conference, so can you make an annoucement once you know about the final coordinates? I’d like to make it at least to the party, if that’s okay?

    I recommend the Mission Ale House on 97 E. Santa Clara Street in San Jose, CA. I’ve been there before. It’s nice, but it can get run down with clubbers running from their parties to get a nice beer later in the night.

    I’ll try and visit the IRC channel tonight. Thanks for making that.

  2. Since the web page is a wiki we can continue to modify it as long as we like – the most important things that the URL be set and that we have some kind of way of promoting it BEFORE the event. Otherwise it will be too late to do anything about it at the event.

  3. People should really try to come on channel — we really do have people on there talking away. It’s amazing!

    Kerim —

    can we just post the info about the event on SM? That might attract more eyeballs than sending people to another site about the event. And yes — let’s keep going on the wiki.

  4. Rex,

    I understand the confusion here: The URL is not about the event – this is a general resource explaining what OA is and why anthropologists should support it.

    It would be great to get people to an event as well. The URL is a way to reach the much wider audience of people at the AAA who won\’t be able to attend the event.

    In other words, we should do both. (As you said.) But since many people at the AAA don\’t read SM, I think it is important to have some way of getting them to read the OAA web site after they get home from the AAA. That\’s why I was talking about stickers or something of the sort…

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