Newsletter September 2011

1. Visit OAPEN at the Frankfurt Bookfair

OAPEN will have its own stand at the Fair, in order to talk to interested publishers and aggregators. If you wish to learn more about OAPEN at the fair, please make an appointment with Eelco Ferwerda, director of the OAPEN foundation ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ). You will find us in Hall 4.2, J440.

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2. OAPEN partners with OCLC, Ex Libris and Serials Solutions

We are pleased to announce that the OAPEN Library is now included in the library discovery services of three leading providers for automated library solutions: WorldCat by OCLC, Primo Central Index by Ex Libris and Summon by Serials Solutions. Through these partnerships OAPEN aims to ensure worldwide visibility and discoverability of the collection of Open Access books within the OAPEN Library.

WorlCat logoWorldCat itemizes the collections of over 71,000 libraries in 112 countries. It contains more than 150 billion different records.  Inclusion in the WorldCat brings worldwide visibility for content, authors and publishers and ensures efficient discoverability of scientific information at the workplace of the researcher. WorldCat is built and maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and is free of use for libraries.


ExLibris logo The Primo Central index is an aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance. These include journal articles, e-books, newspapers, reviews, legal documents and other items of scholarly interest that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators, and from open-access repositories. The Primo Central Index – which now includes the OAPEN Library - is an integral part of the Primo discovery and delivery solution and is also available through the Ex Libris MetaLib ™ metasearch solution.


SerialsSolutions logoSerials Solutions offers Summon as discovery solution for libraries. The content types include library catalogue records, e-journal articles, databases, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, institutional repositories, conference proceedings, grey literature, cited references, reports, digital library and more. A special feature of Summon is the expansion of libraries' collections with valuable, freely available repository content. Users can discover content from more than 39 open access archives and 257 institutional repositories from 73 different institutions representing more than 40 million records that have been ingested into the Summon service, most with full-text indexing.

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3. OAPEN partners with OASPA - discount for our members

We are pleased to announce that OAPEN is a partner of OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association. OASPA has included book publishers in its mission statement ‘to support and represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally in all scientific, technical, and scholarly disciplines’.

OAPEN members will receive a special discount of 25% on their OASPA-membership fee when joining OASPA. In addition, OAPEN members benefit from a simple application procedure and special rates for the yearly COASP, the Conference for Open Access Scholarly Publishers.

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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 ).