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By searching the website for the term Archive, we have about 41 questions in which the archiving (directly or indirectly) is being questioned. However, in most of these posts we don't have any precise tag about archiving at all.

On the other hand, the only existing tag about archiving is which is awarded to only two questions none of which are really about self-archiving and also, the tag does not have any excerpt and wiki.

Here is the proposal:

Creating or tag and merging the existing tag into it.

Some example questions which are eligible to the tag:

  1. How to archive an academic blog or website?
  2. ePrint Archive for PhD Dissertation in the Social Sciences
  3. Archiving papers, simulation and experimental data, etc?

If you like the idea, please also include an excerpt and wiki into your answer posts; otherwise, please mention why this proposal is not benefitial to Academia.SE.

  • Can you identify specific questions that would benefit from an 'archive' tag? Or at least describe its potential scope in words? Right now this proposal does not explain why we need such a tag, what it would be for, and especially, how it would be different from tags like repository and digital-libraries – ff524 Sep 16 '14 at 12:53
  • @ff524 I added example questions for the tag proposal. – Enthusiastic Engineer Sep 16 '14 at 13:22
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The word 'archive' is used in a few ways on Academia:

  • as a synonym for , a place to which one can upload code, manuscripts, data, or other materials for storage.
  • as a synonym for , a curated collection of publications.
  • in reference to an 'archival publication', where 'archival' denotes that the paper is published, referenceable, and retrievable. We've had a couple of questions on this one, I don't think we'll get many more; I definitely don't think it needs a new tag.

Multi-purpose words like 'archive' are bad for tags because then the tags end up with a high level of entropy. That is, the tag is not useful for discriminating "questions about one thing" (whatever that thing may be).

Of the two questions currently tagged , one refers to the meaning and one to the meaning.

The other questions you mention all mean 'archive' in the sense of a .

It doesn't seem we need a new tag for any of these, since we already have and .

  • Maybe it is better to edit the self-archiving excerpt and wiki, instead of creating or merging tags as proposed in this question. – Enthusiastic Engineer Sep 16 '14 at 13:51
  • @Enthusiastic why? It's a bad tag. It doesn't carry useful meaning and it should go away. In fact, it was already on my list of retags to do; I just haven't done it yet because I'm spacing out retags so as not to flood the front page – ff524 Sep 16 '14 at 13:53
  • At least we should have one tag for related questions. What tag should a person use, if he wants to ask a question about storing a webpage, paper, etc on his own laptop? – Enthusiastic Engineer Sep 16 '14 at 13:59
  • @Enthusiastic Definitely not 'archive', since that's not a common usage of the word! I'm not aware of any questions like that, so I can't comment further on what an appropriate tag might be – ff524 Sep 16 '14 at 14:03
  • We should definitely think about a good tag for such usages. – Enthusiastic Engineer Sep 16 '14 at 14:06
  • @Enthusiastic can you identify such questions? I'm not aware of any, and if there are none, we probably don't need to worry about a tag for them yet – ff524 Sep 16 '14 at 14:07
  • we have many examples on this search list as stated in the question. – Enthusiastic Engineer Sep 16 '14 at 14:10
  • @Enthusiastic as far as I can tell, those are mainly about repository or digital-libraries; if there's a substantial number that isn't, you should edit your post to list those. – ff524 Sep 16 '14 at 14:12

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