Newsletter May/June 2011

Contents

1. Closing of project period, Final report

2. OAPEN Foundation and Pilots

3. Connecting the OAPEN Library to your library/ catalogue

4. Become part of the OAPEN collection with your content

 

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1. Closing of project period, Final report

The funding period of OAPEN as European project has ended in February with the successful conducting of the 1st OAPEN Conference in Berlin. The final report and the project results were presented to the EC in Luxembourg in April. The final report is available through our website and contains a thorough description of all the results achieved. You can find it here.

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2. OAPEN Foundation and Pilots

In the future OAPEN will continue as an independent foundation governed by representatives of the participating institutions. The objectives for the foundation are to stimulate further OA publishing of academic books, to further develop OAPEN as a platform for OA books and to develop a sustainable business model.

In the meantime, OAPEN is conducting a number of experiments in Open Access book publishing, in the form of pilot projects. The first pilot is conducted in the Netherlands with support from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Ministry of Education (http://www.oapen.nl/). For the UK a similar pilot project is being conducted by JISC Collections (http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/News/OAPENUKITT/).

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3. Connecting the OAPEN Library to your library/ catalogue

You are a university library or an aggregator offering tailored selections of content to your users? The OAPEN collection could be a valuable contribution to your catalogue or database. We are pleased to announce that OAPEN now offers a service to provide aggregators and libraries with the metadata for the OAPEN collection.

The collection is accessible here: http://www.oapen.org

 

OAPEN Library - connected

While the interface of the OAPEN Library contains several functions that go beyond keyword search – enabling serendipity through browsing and searching; multi lingual search and export to both social media and reference managers – the contents of the OAPEN Library can be incorporated into other libraries. In order to enable this, several data feeds are available.

Each data feed contains the complete metadata of all books in the library, but in a different technical format. The following data feeds are available:

  • ONIX XML – a format widely used in the publishing world;
  • CSV – a text format that is usable in most systems; and
  • MARC XML – this format is optimized for library catalogues.

You can find the feeds here: http://www.oapen.org/xtf/metadataexports

Practical examples how this integration could look like are provided by OCLC’s WorldCat (http://tinyurl.com/3jqs4hl) and the Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent (http://tinyurl.com/4xdpbq7). Please get in touch with us if you want to enrich your content with the OAPEN collection. The use of the content for this purpose is free of charge.

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4. Become part of the OAPEN collection with your content

If you are a scholarly publisher with a considerable focus on Humanities and Social Sciences and open-minded towards Open Access, or a research institute with a publishing aspiration or scholars in charge of a series; we are pleased to invite you to join our network. By now 23 publishers and research institutes cooperate with us and use OAPEN as means to enhance the visibility and dissemination of their content on a world-wide scale.

The first and easy step on this way is the integration of your content into the OAPEN collection. OAPEN has clear requirements for its members and their content. The requirements cover legal, economic and technical aspects to build a high-quality OAPEN Library. All monographs have to cover the Humanities and Social Sciences in terms of content and be peer-reviewed to meet our quality standards.

Technical and legal requirements for the documents:

  • PDF (PDF/A is preferred)
  • Quality and file size compliant to common standards
  • Searchable full text and where possible, content should be provided with a navigable index
  • DC-compliant metadata including English abstracts
  • Manual upload of data or harvesting via OAI-PMH from your existing repository
  • Clear legal position for the documents including illustrations or other components

If you are currently not meeting all of these requirements, we are pleased to offer you a tailored solution to meet your needs. Many more details are to be found in our publishers’ brochure (http://tinyurl.com/45x2m5g).

For more information on the OAPEN project, please visit http://project.oapen.org or contact Eelco Ferwerda, co-ordinator of OAPEN ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ). Technical questions can be sent to Ronald Snijder ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ).