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.
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.
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
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.