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.
DISCUSSION — contribute to any of the discussion threads, or start your own!
SITE — check out our latest blog posts, and get in touch (email@example.com) to propose a post on any aspect of OA books.
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DOCS — go here for collaborative documents on OA book projects and resources.
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Tom Mosterd replied to the topic Crossref Event: Fixing the Information Supply Chain for Scholarly ebooks in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 2 days, 10 hours ago
Thanks for sharing Charles. Just registered as this can be quite relevant for us here to participate in! Tom
Charles Watkinson started the topic Crossref Event: Fixing the Information Supply Chain for Scholarly ebooks in the discussion Open Access Books Network on Humanities Commons 2 days, 21 hours ago
The Crossref Books Advisory Group is holding a free webinar on “Fixing the Information Supply Chain for Scholarly ebooks – Benefits, Challenges, and Best Practices.” It’s not solely about OA ebooks, but of course OA sheds a stark light on some of the current issues. The date is Tuesday October 19, 11-12:30 pm ET / 4:00 – 5:30 pm BST / 5:00 – 6:30…[Read more]
Open Book Publishers is looking for a software engineer to support our development of open source infrastructure for open access book publishing. 18 month full-time or part-time position. FTE Salary £24-30k. Closing date 26 September. https://www.openbookpublishers.com/section/37/1
Taylor and Francis are looking for a Partnership Development Manager for Open Access books, and a Content Development Manager for Open Access books. Closing date 26…[Read more]
UPDATE AUGUST 2021: a blog post reflecting upon the outcomes of the Voices from the OA Books Community series is available to view here, and you can download the document that summarises the discussions here. This summary was shared with cOAlition S.
Hi all, a blog post reflecting upon the outcomes of the Voices from the OA Books Community series is available to view here, and you can download the document that summarises the discussions here. This summary was shared with cOAlition S. We note that cOAlition S have recognised the OABN as a useful forum for community engagement in their statement…[Read more]
Just a quick note to flag that we’ve switched off the Events calendar function on the site. People weren’t engaging with it, so instead of spending time updating it we’ll be focused on coordinating talks and workshops, fostering discussion, and making more people aware of this network. Anyone interested in a calendar of OA events might…[Read more]
In her recent post, Mirela Roncevic discusses Open Educational Resources (OERs), the complexities these entail, the benefits of OERs for faculty and students, such as the removal of cost-barriers to course development and enrolment, and the roles that libraries can play with regard to OER publishing, discoverability and awareness:…[Read more]
FYI: the OA eBook Usage Data Trust effort is moving towards establishing formal community governance next year to work alongside a Secretariat support staff. The project just released an RFP for an organization to host the Secretariat (and the project) in the next phase. You can learn more and access the RFP via Kevin Hawkin’s announcement . You…[Read more]
Creative Commons licensing, on which Open Access largely relies, can be complex to handle in the context of private-public partnerships or publisher-side commercial reuse alongside author-side copyright retention. Likewise, as intellectual property rights are governed by geography-bound copyright legislation, their harmonization is…[Read more]
In this podcast episode, Matthew Ismail talks to immunologist Ewoud Compeer of the University of Oxford about the reproducibility crisis and how Open Science and Open Access can help to enhance the reproducibility of scientific research:…[Read more]
Hi Philippa, I’d be happy to discuss this — at OBP we have been approached by people interested in translating our OA books and I could talk through how we deal with this. Essentially, if the book is licensed CC BY then anyone can produce a translation as long as appropriate attribution is given, although it would also be best practice to say…[Read more]
I have a question about OA and translations and wonder if anyone has any expertise in this area and if they would mind if I got in touch? At BUP we are discussing whether we might publish an English edition of an OA book originally published in German, but I don’t know if there is any best practice here or how best to approach it, and have…[Read more]
Hi all: the summaries from our Voices from the OA Books Community series are now available (thanks to the support of SPARC Europe) and will remain open until 12 August: https://openaccessbooksnetwork.hcommons.org/2021/07/22/voices-from-the-oa-books-community-summary-the-great-polyphony/
Many thanks to all who contributed to the sessions!
Agata Morka wrote a new post Voices from the OA Books Community Summary: The Great Polyphony in the group Open Access Books Network: on Humanities Commons 2 months ago
At the end of May 2021 the most significant series of events hosted by the Open Access Books Network so far, Voices from the OA Books Community, came to an end. The series, initiated in November 2020 at the OPERAS […]
Lucy Barnes edited the post boOkmArks: Open Conversations about Open Access Books in the group Open Access Books Network: on Humanities Commons 2 months 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.
Over July and August 2021 we are planning our 2021/2022 programme. New events will…[Read more]
I’ve had a read through and think it is a really thoughtful and well-balanced vision and policy considering some of the current challenges and opportunities for opening up books. I’m not too familiar with similar visions and policies, some of the fully OA publishers do have a clear vision statement and the University of Michigan Press…[Read more]
Here at the University of North Carolina Press we’ve just published an OA Policy on our web site.
I’m curious whether other publishers (for whom OA is only a part of their program) have done this. In preparing this, I did some scans of publisher web sites…[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 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The recording of our boOkmArks event with Janneke Adema, Marcell Mars & Toby Steiner of the COPIM Project on experimental OA book publishing is now available! Many thanks to our speakers for a fascinating session & to the audience for coming and bringing your questions: https://youtube.com/watch?v=V5mbp48ZXIw
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 months, 3 weeks ago
Tomorrow at 3pm BST/4pm CEST/10am EDT is our last Open Cafe before we take a couple of months off to plan the next year of events and activities at the OABN. Do please join us with your beverage of choice to let us know your thoughts — are there particular topics you want us to cover, different formats we should try, something we did well,…[Read more]
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