For many years now, there has been a steady growth in the number of academic books that are published open access; that is, free of price and permission barriers. Free to read and free to re-use. Several thousand of these are listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), providing an ever-expanding corpus of high-quality, peer-reviewed monographs that are openly and digitally accessible.
It is with great pleasure, then, that with funding from Jisc’s Open Metrics Lab, the Centre for Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck can today announce our experimental project to build a bibliographic intersect tool for open-access monographs. The project has three components that Jisc is planning to make available for anyone to re-use:
- A literature review of existing material on bibliometrics for open-access monographs and bibliographic intersection tools;
- A tool that will allow people to download a corpus from the DOAB;
- A tool that will parse references from open-access monographs and tell the user which items are cited in common among the selected titles.
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