Launch of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
On April 12, OAPEN launched the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). DOAB is a discovery service for peer reviewed books published under an Open Access license. DOAB provides a searchable index to the information about these books, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository. DOAB launched with just over 20 publishers participating with about 750 Open Access books. By now there are 27 publishers with almost 900 Open Access books and more publishers have been approved. The site – currently in beta – can be found here: http://www.doabooks.org.
OAPEN-UK pilot, first results
The OAPEN-UK research project in the UK – funded by JISC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council – has published preliminary findings from the initial focus groups. These focus groups are designed to identify the most significant issues and concerns about OA monograph publishing for each group of stakeholders.
The results are available here: http://oapen-uk.jiscebooks.org/research-findings/y1-initial-focus-groups/
4th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, has announced its 4th conference. COASP 2012 will take place from September 19th to the 21st, and will be held at the Gerbeaud House in Budapest, Hungary.
This years’ conference will be of special interest for Open Access book publishers, as part of the program will be dedicated to book publishing. OAPEN is pleased to announce that members of OAPEN and DOAB will receive a discounted rate. The deadline for early bird registration is June 15th. Further details about the conference can be found at http://oaspa.org/conference/.
OAPEN presents at the DFG-Workshop "Open Access für wissenschaftliche Monografien"
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) held a workshop on Open Access monographs in the German context. Members of the OAPEN Foundation were also invited, and held two presentations:
- OA Monographs in an international perspective (by Eelco Ferwerda): http://slidesha.re/JGiuzW
- Research on Open Access monographs – a short review (by Ronald Snijder): http://slidesha.re/JGiAre
Inclusion by content aggregators
The contents of the OAPEN Library is not only available through www.oapen.org. OAPEN has also been integrated in two discovery services for libraries: Primo Central (ExLibris) and Summon (SerialsSolutions).
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 interestthat are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators, and from open-access repositories.
Serials 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.
OAPEN usage statistics
OAPEN’s efforts to integrate with discovery services and content aggregators have resulted in a steady increase in the number of visits and visitors. The number of book downloads is of course the most important measure of the success of the OAPEN Library. We are pleased to report that from April 2011 until March 2012 more than 300,000 books were downloaded and that the trend is upwards.