The Open Access Books Network is a space for passionate conversations about OA books. Researchers, publishers, librarians, infrastructure providers — indeed, anyone who is interested — can discuss any aspect of OA books here. This group was begun by members of OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and SPARC Europe.
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On April 7th, OPERAS and OASPA organised a workshop on ‘Innovative business models for open access book publishing – six approaches in Europe’. These six approaches were all applied to small or medium-sized academic book publishers and may be relevant for any small or medium-sized publisher interested in OA book publishing.
A short report, along…[Read more]
Open access books usually take a Creative Commons (CC) licence which permits authors to retain copyright, whilst allowing readers to redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works under the terms of whichever licence is applied.
Which particular licence is deemed suitable for an open access book can differ depending on the preference and…[Read more]
Session two: Voices from the Open Access Books Community – Quality Assurance and Transparency
The video recording of the main session is here: https://youtu.be/ooFGnKcdAQg
- The chat from the meeting is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NURw-KjT-zQZ1VAmSrghB02jF5JIPD5VD4dKqz5smyo/edit?usp=sharing
- Breakout 1…
Lucy Barnes edited the post boOkmArks: Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the group Open Access Books Network: on Humanities Commons 1 week ago
boOkmArks is a series of events related to OA books. This page contains information about the series, including forthcoming talks and an archive of all our past events.
Our boOkmArks schedule will slow down from March – May 2021 (although there may…[Read more]
Lucy Barnes replied to the topic bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 1 week, 2 days ago
Just re-upping this post about the COPIM WP5 Product Manager for Open Medatada System (Full-time or Part-time) @ Open Book Publishers, which closes on FRIDAY https://copim.pubpub.org/pub/open-position-product-manager-ft-or-pt/
Lucy Barnes replied to the topic bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 2 weeks ago
Hi all, We’re delighted to share details of the launch of Dr Rethabile Possa-Mogoera’s Dikeledi Ha Di Wele Fatshe, the first indigenous-language book to be published on the new continental platform for Open Access research in Africa. This launch was mentioned at our recent event with Reggie Raju & Jill Claasson about the platform.
The book will…[Read more]
Thanks, Sebastian – I’m afraid I don’t have access to MIT’s Zotero group, but happy to say that COPIM’s Work Package 3 team (Izabella Penier, Tom Grady (@scholtom) and Martin Eve) have made references from their report available in COPIM’s Zotero group – the WP3-specific Revenue Models collection is available at
New on Knowledge Futures Groups’ Commonplace: Open Knowledge Infrastructures in Times of the Pandemic. https://doi.org/10.21428/6ffd8432.44d61468
(a reflective piece including some lessons that we’ve learned during the first year of COPIM)
Open Position: COPIM WP5 Product Manager for Open Medatada System (Full-time or Part-time) @ Open Book Publishers. Application deadline: April 15, 2021.
Session one: Voices from the Open Access Books Community – Scope
The video recording of the main session is here: https://youtu.be/iFeZTRhbKpk
- The chat from the meeting is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wsILEU7FcnkZnUafdUIN4WUoT8syPPYNmPDT0Hcv4xs/edit?usp=sharing
The overview of current OA books funder policies that we…[Read more]
What should a Plan S for books look like? This is a question we’ve been thinking about at the Open Access Books Network (OABN) — and we want to hear from as many members of the OA books community as possible as we seek to answer it.
Open Position: COPIM Research Associate in Archiving and Preserving Open Access Books @ Loughborough University
I would like to invite you to participate in a short 8-10 minute survey on citizen science funding in the SSH, part of the Collaborative Engagement on Societal Issues (COESO) project.
The survey is on citizen science funding in the SSH and the results will help the COESO project in identifying funding needs for different types of…[Read more]
In the United Kingdom, lose-lose outcomes for publishers and universities are likely, due to mandate-driven transitions to Open Access, since Gold Open Access is projected to be associated with revenue reductions for journals and cost increases for libraries:…[Read more]
Agata Morka edited the post Adding a Digital Humanities bit to the OA book funding landscape: DARIAH is launching an annual OA monograph bursary for Early Career Researchers in Digital Humanities in the group Open Access Books Network: on Humanities Commons 1 month ago
This post, written by Dr. Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, the Open Science Officer at DARIAH-EU is an introduction to the next event in the ‘BoOkmArks: Open Conversations About OA Books’ series. A live session, open to all, will be held via this Zoom link on Tuesday 23rd March at 16:00 CET/ 15:00 GMT/11:00 ET, when we will interview Erzsébet about the <…[Read more]
Lucy Barnes replied to the topic bOokmArks events – Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 1 month ago
On Tuesday 23 March at 4PM CET / 3PM GMT / 11AM EDT, we will be speaking to Dr. Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, the Open Science Officer at DARIAH-EU, about a new bursary to fund early-career researchers (ECRs) working in the Digital Humanities who want to publish an Open Access monograph.
Join us to discuss this new bursary, as well as the challenges f…[Read more]
I probably don’t need to tell you this, but that’s REALLY ambitious, mostly because creative authors do things you would never expect in a million years, and then they blame you when their docs don’t convert. Also because Word is Word.
What’s the technical plan? Where’s the repo? Are you building on pandoc?
I’m happy to advise on this;…[Read more]
Thanks for this really interesting reply Markus – my apologies for only just seeing it and responding now. I have somehow switched off my notifications so only just remembered to login and check!
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