October 17, 2021

Knowledge Unlatched and U. of Michigan Library Will Collaborate on Open Access Project

From the University of Michigan Library (M-Library):

Knowledge Unlatched (KU), a not-for- profit company based in England, and University of Michigan Library (U-M Library), a major research library based in Michigan, are pleased to announce that they will collaborate to study and overcome remaining obstacles to the spread of open access scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences.

Under the arrangement, U-M Library will provide a North American base for KU which has recently also established presences in Germany and Australia.

“I’m delighted that KU can benefit from the rich and diverse experiences and programs that are part of University of Michigan Library, source of major initiatives such as HathiTrust and home of Michigan Publishing” said Dr. Frances Pinter, founder of Knowledge Unlatched.

KU will have an office within U-M Library and Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Director of University of Michigan Press, will join the Board.

“As open access moves from theoretical exploration to practical implementation, there is a need for sustained effort and collaboration to maximize its benefits. KU is one of the most promising funding models out there and we are very excited to have an opportunity to support it,” said Charles Watkinson.

Among the initial issues KU and U-M Library will collaborate to focus on are:

  • Identifying the most meaningful indicators of open access impact and reach and finding ways to aggregate, analyze, and communicate such information to authors, publishers, libraries, and funders.
  • Increasing the discoverability of open access content, through traditional information supply chains as well as the open web.
  • Raising awareness of open access policies and frameworks around the world, not just in North America, in a digital environment where authors and publishers are increasingly global players.

See Also:  Knowledge Unlimited Select 2016 Off to a Strong Start: 53 Publishers Submit 681 Titles

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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