January 16, 2022

Report From “New Platforms for Open Access Book Distribution” Project Workshop

From a Guest Post on the OpenAire Blog

The New Platforms project met for its final workshop on 25th June. The workshop was hosted by the Centre for Post-Digital Cultures at Coventry University.


Metadata Project

Martin Keegan and Rupert Gatti presented progress so far against the original goals. The intention of this subproject was to create a system which would allow the standardisation of publication metadata across publishers involved in the project.

Collective Conference Presence Project


A prototype of the collective conference presence was presented at the workshop, and subsequently trialled at the Radical Open Access II conference the following day. It aims to be a pop-up platform able to be easily transported to and rapidly deployed at relevant conferences attended by conference members.


Library Integration

A long-term goal of the collective is to develop a way to integrate more deeply with libraries. This, in our view, is likely to be the single most effective way to generate additional income streams and reduce publishers’ dependence on Book Processing Charges (BPCs). Given full integration with libraries depends on the successful completion of the metadata project, work on this to date has focused on two objectives: (a) establishing the state of existing knowledge amongst the consortium and (b) developing greater direct links with libraries.


Future Outputs / Directions

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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.