OSA has never had a secure, indisputably accepted name. Just like its character, its real identity, its mission and ambitions and even its name has always been somewhat uncertain - open to different readings and interpretations. The Open Society Archive or the Open Society Archives, the Open Society Archives at (or) @ CEU (or) @ Central European University or as we have affectionately been known to the general public, simply as OSA or The OSA is a different institution/organization/thing for different audiences.
It is an archive, a research institute, a teaching unit of CEU, a public institution, a gallery, and an exhibition and public space that exists in different realms. OSA is a private Hungarian institution open to and serving the public, which legally exists in Hungary only via its parent institution, the Central European University, chartered and accredited in Hungary (besides having been chartered and accredited in the US.) OSA has decided not to seek Hungarian accreditation as an official, privately run, Hungarian public archive due in large part to one of the initiators and original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, in a sense, the founding document of the world-wide open access movement. In other words, we wanted to guard our independence and flexibility which would have been constrained under Hungarian archival law and regulations.