I was really hoping that the AIA would have responded to the email we sent them a week ago. I was really hoping that they would have opened a dialog or at least make some sort of public comment. Alas, it was not to be. As such I and the other volunteers at OpenAccessArchaeology.org have decided to launch a protest of AIA. Here is our statement-
Dear Fellow Archaeologists and Archaeology Enthusiasts
It is with great sadness that we must inform you that OpenAccessArchaeology.org will be removing all links to the Archaeological Institute of American’s Open Access materials and will cease actively promoting their resources. This is in protest to the AIA’s recent poor choice in coming out against Open Access. Full details about the AIA’s recent statements and our rational for this boycott can be found here- http://www.openaccessarchaeology.org/response-to-aia.html
We have reached out to the AIA but have yet to have had a response, a week later. We hope to work out this issue and resume promoting their Open Access materials. Until such time though we will continue to protest their deeply shameful actions.
The team at OpenAccessArchaeology.org
We are sending it to as many list serves as possible. Hopefully it results in some sort of conversation either with or within the AIA about Open Access. Interestingly enough the AIA was the first archaeology organization I ever joined. I was very happy to see when they launched DIG to get youth involved in archaeology. I feel real bad that it has come to this but it is what it is.