Joint COPIM and OPERAS-P Southern Europe workshop, October 08, 2020


Library Support for OA Books: The Southern European perspective

Participating stakeholders:

external: OPERAS-P, University of Zagreb, University of Zadar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts, University of Patras, National Technical University of Athens, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, The Ionian University

internal: Open Book Publishers, Coventry University, Lancaster University, Birkbeck, University of London, Jisc

➡️🔍🖺 Documentation available here: Library Support for OA Books Workshop: the South European perspective


The workshop is co-hosted by COPIM and OPERAS-P projects.

COPIM (Community-Led Open Publishing Infrastructures for Monographs) is a 3-year project funded by Research England and Arcadia, that will develop and build the critical underlying modular components to support the sustainable publication of open access (OA) books, including infrastructures, business models, governance procedures, re-use strategies, preservation structures, and outreach programs. These systems and infrastructures will be open and collectively managed for the common good. Towards this end, COPIM aims to develop a significantly enriched not-for-profit and open source ecosystem for OA book publishing that will support and sustain a diversity of publishing initiatives and models, particularly in humanities and social sciences publishing.

COPIM intends to set up an open, community-led and controlled platform for libraries and presses to support one another, a structure which we want to develop together with the community of stakeholders (academics, publishers, librarians, researchers, and knowledge managers) that will be involved in and will be supporting and relying on the infrastructures, workflows and systems that COPIM will create for open access monographs. We want to emphasize horizontalist and cooperative knowledge-sharing endeavours between communities of professional-public academic practice.

OPERAS-P project supports the OPERAS Research Infrastructure by furthering the development of the infrastructure in view of achieving the necessary scientific, technical and community maturity.

The key objectives of the OPERAS-P project are the following:

  • Produce the necessary documentation defining OPERAS’ strategy and implementation to support the ESFRI application.
  • Support the preparation phase of the infrastructure by implementing a legal framework, a governance and support the implementation and coordination of services.
  • Prepare a long-term, evidence-based strategy for the development of the infrastructure and its services
  • Ensure outreach and advocacy for open scholarly communication in social sciences and humanities, developing a communication strategy on the infrastructure and supporting the expansion of the consortium, and enhancing innovation for the future of scholarly communication practices in social sciences and humanities.

OPERAS-P is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871069.

Workshop aims:

The outcome of this workshop will be the establishment of a working group for (a) the long-term development of a consortial library funding platform, and (b) the identification and fostering of library-publisher experiments and projects that emphasise horizontal and cooperative knowledge-sharing between stakeholders (e.g. librarians, publishers, and researchers).

The workshop consists of a theoretical part, aiming at a better understanding of the national-specific issues surrounding collective funding for OA books from a library perspective and a practical part in which a proposed model for collaborative funding for OA books is discussed.

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