Ever since Google demoted Scholar from the products bar, people have become anxious as to whether this is a sign that it will be discontinued. This feeling has only strengthened since the demise of Google Reader, which proved that Google is not afraid to discontinue services with (pretty) large and devoted audiences. Why would Google discontinue Scholar, and what would be the consequences?
Yesterday I was at the KNAW dialog “Publish Open Access or perish?“. Open Access (OA) is somewhat of a personal interest of mine, and I’ve been following this debate for a couple of years now. The discussions here were interesting, as questions were raised about the implications for researchers, and humanities scholars specifically.