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Crowdfunding Access to Archives
Library Journal (2015)
  • Andrée J. Rathemacher, University of Rhode Island
Through the example of Ryan Cordell of Northeastern University, this short opinion piece discusses scholars' need for open access to digitized archival materials, particularly to enable text mining and other forms of computational analysis. It presents one model for achieving open access to these materials -- the library crowdfunding model pioneered by Reveal Digital -- and calls for additional experiments in developing sustainable business models for publishing primary source materials on an open access basis.
  • open access,
  • primary source databases,
  • archives,
  • digitization,
  • crowdfunding,
  • research libraries,
  • business models
Publication Date
February 1, 2015
Citation Information
Rathemacher, Andrée J. "Crowdfunding Access to Archives." Library Journal 140, no. 2 (1 February 2015): 43. Available: