[KS] full-text services

James B. Lewis jay.lewis at orinst.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jun 20 16:40:14 EDT 2013

"The AKSE IT department"? Ha ha ha ha----who is that?

Jay Lewis

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From: Dennis Lee <dennis.lee at ucla.edu> 
Date: 20/06/2013  4:39 PM  (GMT+00:00) 
To: Korean Studies Discussion List <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws> 
Subject: Re: [KS] full-text services 
I agree with Frank that setting up something like this with would be trivial and inexpensive to implement. Any of the Korean institutions could easily allow remote VPN access to their local network and have our European colleagues appear as if they were physically at an authorized Korean computer.

I'm not sure what the legal issues are for doing this, but if the language is similar to the agreements used by university libraries, then it shouldn't be a problem at all. But I'm sure the databases would probably be miffed at losing a potential source of revenue.

I think this is definitely something worth pursuing with the Korean institutions if the AKSE IT department continues to be sluggish.

Dennis Lee
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM, Frank Hoffmann <hoffmann at koreaweb.ws> wrote:
Professor Walraven wrote:
>> AKSE has talked to representatives of the database services, but
>> the response was rather negative. Apparently they wanted o stick
>> to delivery to specific IP addresses (…)

It is certainly true that the large players such as JSTOR, ProQuest,
ABC-CLIO, Gale, LexisNexis, and others are hesitant to set up access to
their services through non-government and non-university customers if
hefty fees cannot be charged. It may also not be the best way to
approach them one by one. What I would suggest--maybe you at least
consider this ("you" is AKSE here)--is to establish a kind of
"sub-account" for AKSE members (or/and others, that would certainly
need to be discussed) to a main subscriber, such as the Korea
Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies, or whatever Korean
institution might be willing to cooperate. Those technical issues, such
as the access limitation to certain IPs, are really not a serious issue
at all! Just to the opposite: there is no problem channelling access to
a certain IP, or a small pool of IPs assigned to an institutional
server; that will then simply be part of the sign-in process (is
already done so by very many institutions, and since a long time). As
far as the bibliographic/full-text reference providers are concerned,
they will only see one IP (or a hand full of IPs in the same sub-net).
As an example: what Dr. Benjamin Joinau pointed out for EHESS is either
just due to the 'sluggishness' of the tech people there, or it is a
limitation in the contract with whatever providers they have signed up
with (if the second, then one wonders why it works elsewhere). In
short, remote access from private computers is no technical problem
whatsoever, and to create such a setup that allows this is easily done.
As far as I can see, it would be a matter of 'willingness' and of a
legal solution, and of approaching an institution that would want to
help with this. Naturally, I think, such an institution would easier to
be found in Korea.

Best wishes,

Frank Hoffmann

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