Newsletter August 2011

Newsletter August 2011


1. OAPEN established as Foundation
2. First Open Access books funded through pilots in UK and the Netherlands
3. Connecting the OAPEN Library to your library/catalogue
4. Become part of the OAPEN collection with your content


1. OAPEN established as Foundation

It is our pleasure to announce that OAPEN is now officially established as a Foundation. The OAPEN foundation will continue its activities to promote and facilitate Open Access book publishing and to aggregate its Open Access collection of peer reviewed books in the OAPEN Library.
The OAPEN foundation is a continuation of the EU co-funded project ‘Open Access Publishing in European Networks’, which was concluded earlier this year with the first OAPEN conference in Berlin. The foundation is established under Dutch law and hosted by the National Library in The Hague.
These are the new contact details:
OAPEN Foundation
Eelco Ferwerda, director
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5,
2595 BE The Hague, Netherlands

Postal address:     OAPEN Foundation, PO Box 90407, 2509 LK The Hague, Netherlands


2. First Open Access books funded by pilots in UK and the Netherlands

OAPEN is involved in two pilot projects to publish Open Access books and investigate the effects of OA publishing on usage and sales. OAPEN-UK is managed by JISC Collections and co-funded by the Atrs and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in the UK. OAPEN-NL ( is managed by OAPEN in collaboration with SURF Foundation and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and co-funded by NWO. 
In both these pilots, the first books have now been published in Open Access and made available through the OAPEN Library:
* Brill (6 publications)
* Amsterdam University Press (2 publications): and
* Berg publishers (6 publications)
* Liverpool University Press (4 publications)
* Taylor & Francis (8 publications)
An important goal of OAPEN is to help establish funding opportunities for OA books and OAPEN remains interested to set up similar pilots for Open Access books in other areas. If you’re a publisher or funding organization and interested to get involved, please get in touch with Eelco Ferwerda.


3. Connecting the OAPEN Library to your library/ catalogue

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 your library or data aggregation feed.

Following our previous newsletter in which we described several available data feeds we received a request for an additional format.  We have now developed a data feed optimised for Excel. 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;
* MARC XML – this format is optimized for library catalogues;
* XML - optimised for import in Excel.

You can find the feeds here:

Practical examples of such integrations:
* Union catalogue of the GVK-GBV, one the largest common library network in Germany
* Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent
* James Hardiman Library of the National University of Ireland

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.


4. Become part of the OAPEN Library with your Open Access books

Now that OAPEN is established as a foundation, we are able to renew our relationships with content providers. Scholarly publishers interested in Open Access and with a focus on Humanities and Social Sciences, research institutes with publishing programmes or scholars in charge of a series are invited to join our network and contribute OA publications to the OAPEN Library. By now 23 publishers and research institutes cooperate with us and use OAPEN as means to improve discoverability and dissemination of their Open Access content on a world-wide scale.

If you’re interested to get involved please contact Eelco Ferwerda, director of OAPEN ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ). For technical questions please contact Ronald Snijder ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ).