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- The Influence of Open Access on Monograph Sales : The experience at Amsterdam University Press
- OPERAS Common Standards White Paper
- Evaluating the Impact of the FWF-E-Book-Library Collection in the OAPEN Library: An Analysis of the 2014 Download Data
- A higher impact for open access monographs: disseminating through OAPEN and DOAB at AUP
- Modes of access: the influence of dissemination channels on the use of open access monographs
- Revisiting an open access monograph experiment: measuring citations and tweets 5 years later
- The Future of Open Access Books - Springer Nature.pdf
- The deliverance of open access books Examining usage and dissemination
- Investigating Open Access Monograph Services (2016)
- OAPEN-UK matched pairs pilot (2016)
- HEFCE Monographs and Open Access project (2015)
- OAPEN-CH – The impact of open access on scientific monographs in Switzerland
- Rebels with a Cause? Supporting Library- and Academic-led Open Access Publishing
- Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain: Final Report to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Increasing Visibility of Open Access Materials in a Library Catalog: Case Study at a Large Academic Research Library
- LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS The Changing Academic Publishing Industry– Implications for Academic Institutions
- OpenCitations, an infrastructure organization for open scholarship
- Fostering Bibliodiversity in Scholarly Communications: A Call for Action!
- WP5 Scoping Report: Building an Open Dissemination System
Stone, Graham, Gatti, Rupert, van Gerven Oei, Vincent W.J., Arias, Javier, Steiner, Tobias, & Ferwerda, Eelco. (2020, July 27). WP5 Scoping Report: Building an Open Dissemination System (Version 1.0). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3961564
COPIM's Work package 5 (WP5) is developing technical protocols and infrastructure to better integrate OA books into institutional library, digital learning, and repository systems. This will support wider discovery and dissemination of OA books. Existing print and ebook distribution channels are difficult for new or OA publishers to engage with, requiring submission of metadata in multiple different formats (e.g. MARC, ONIX, KBART), and many platforms requiring multiple different metadata submissions; In addition, existing distribution channels are not well suited to OA content, while entirely new discovery and dissemination platforms are emerging (e.g. Google Books/Scholar).
Guided by the perspective of new and emerging not-for-profit OA presses that have not yet been sufficiently integrated into existing discovery systems, knowledge bases, and supply routes, the aim of WP5 is to develop methods and systems to better integrate the catalogues of OA publishers into curated research records. The implementation of “best practices” workflows for OA book publishers will allow their catalogues to be better integrated into the scholarly record (discoverability, reach, persistence), increasing the impact of OA books.
WP5 will build an Open Dissemination System (ODS) for OA books and a shared “best practices” digital catalogue. The ODS will be built as a decentralised system, using open source code, open protocols and standards and distributed databases—all under collective control. Doing so will ensure the system cannot be operated for the benefit of a single entity (either commercial or not). The ODS is currently under development under the project name Thoth. It consists of a metadata management system and a suite of exporting functions to allow publication metadata to be exported to all main metadata formats and data transfer with all relevant major platforms in the library and book selling supply chain.
This scoping report is a key deliverable of WP5, in order to support the creation of the ODS. The report itself will discuss the distribution of books via the traditional library supply and new forms of digital dissemination before looking at metadata in depth. Metadata creation and types will be investigated in order to form a number of key recommendations for WP5. These recommendations are noted throughout the report before being grouped and discussed further in the recommendation section (see 9.0).
Rather than publishing this report at the outset of the work package, it was decided to publish a time-stamped version, while simultaneously continuing to develop the report as the project progressed over time, and to encourage comment from the community. Version 1.0 of this report is available here on Zenodo as a PDF (https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3961564), and on the COPIM documentation site as a living document.