Mana’o 2.0: Just in time for Open Access Week

While many readers know that Open Access Week was last week, fewer will know that in Hawai’i we traditionally celebrate Open Access Week a week later than the mainland US. This means that we are in the middle of our celebrations of Open Access Week here in Honolulu. Since the time is right I’m happy to announce the re-launch of the Mana’o repository.

Mana’o began back in 2007 as a little skunkworks type of project to provide anthropologists an open access repository of their own which could host their work and educate them about open access in the process. Unfortunately the project was a victim of its own success — more and more people were interested in submitting even as the resources dedicated to the project (i.e. my free time) dwindled.

Luckily, the Mana’o project turned out to be ahead of its time, not just a quixotic personal crusade on my part — a nice change of pace! Since it was originally launched the University of Hawai’i Library has created two institutional repositories, each filled with numerous collections available free of subscriptions or payments. Thanks to the good graces of library staff Mana’o was dusted off, transferred to the University of Hawai’i servers, and is now ready to grow again with the anthropological community.

All of which is a way to say: We are open for business and ready to take your submissions! You can take a look at the repository here to see what we’ve got so far. Our focus is on anthropology and the Pacific and (because I started the thing) we are also working on collecting open access work on World of Warcraft. If you’ve written anything on those topics — we’d love to host it. To learn more or start depositing please email and our small but dedicated staff of volunteers will help you get started.

Mana’o’s goal is to both host material you have the rights to share, and to help you learn more about preserving your rights to share when you sign author agreements with your publishers. We are aggressive in testing and expanding the limits of open access, but we are not interested in acting unethically or illegally. If you want to post JSTOR PDFs of your own work, please do it on a mainstream site like Scribd, which is designed to facilitate that sort of thing. If you’re looking for a stable, academic home that preserves honest-to-goodness metadata for your work then come around to see us!

We’re hoping to have a website and more clearly ‘branded identity’ in time for AAA but in the mean time take a look at what’s on offer on the site and consider submitting yourself!


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

2 thoughts on “Mana’o 2.0: Just in time for Open Access Week

  1. Rex, this is really exciting. Now, for you next big project, how about an anthropological version of GalaxyZoo and its already proliferating spinoffs. The following is cross-posted from the latest email newsletter.


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    Moon Zoo : Following the overwhelming success of our challenge to you
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