The following partnership announcement was made today.
The project will also measure the wider impact and usage of OA materials by cross-promoting KU titles and leveraging BiblioLabs’ robust usage tracking infrastructure that captures key data points without compromising the anonymity of readers.
While KU will continue to host its titles on the OAPEN and HathiTrust platforms, it will expand the hosting of the entire collection to a KU Cloud Library built on the BiblioBoard technology.
Anyone in the world will have access to the collections on the BiblioBoard platform, which is integrated with a robust Tableau-based data warehouse to measure high-level and more granular impacts around the world.
“The broad use of content is at the core of Open Access, and it is very important to Knowledge Unlatched,” says Dr. Sven Fund, Managing Director of KU. “We are excited to partner with BiblioLabs to be able to move beyond offering just PDF downloads to delivering a modern reading and interactive user experience to users of KU e-books.”
“We’re delighted to partner with Knowledge Unlatched to make these high-quality titles available in a global user experience that is fully mobile and built for the modern student and researcher,” added Mitchell Davis, CEO at BiblioBoard. “In addition to making these works open to the world on our public access platform, we are also integrating them into the digital collections of several state libraries and hundreds of public libraries, ensuring democratized and widespread access to this important and growing collection. Teachers will able to quickly create course curriculum, and students will have single source access with tools such as notes, bookmarks, citations and an offline bookshelf.”
Continued study of usage and impact will be under the auspices of KU Research led by Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery of Curtin University, Australia.