May 26, 2022

Knowledge Unlatched Announces Official Launch of “Open Research Community”

From KU:

The Open Research Community (ORC), an interactive platform which launched today after a test phase, offers users worldwide the opportunity to expand their professional networks on the topics of Open Access (OA), Open Research and Open Science.

In addition to blog posts and up-to-date information in the form of policy papers and research reports, the ORC offers the opportunity to interact with other experts in the network (e.g., via video panels). An initiative of Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the ORC is free to use. Its mission is to support the worldwide exchange of information on future-oriented research and OA publishing by bringing together libraries, publishers and researchers.


Powered by Zapnito, the ORC seeks input from key stakeholders, features expert-driven content in the form of articles, discussion pieces and commentary, and aims to reflect the backgrounds and expertise of various user groups. Through its community, research and university involvements, the ORC focuses on knowledge sharing and informing users on OA-related topics, including publishing industry developments.

“We have been aware of Zapnito for a few years and understood the need for a dedicated community platform that could drive engagement and foster collaboration amongst our different user groups,” said Dr. Sven Fund, Managing Director at KU. “With the launch of the ORC, that vision will become a reality, as we leverage Zapnito’s technology to bring together librarians, publishers, researchers, authors and institutions under a united goal.”


The ORC’s Advisory Board consists of experts from around the world who are actively involved in Open Access and Open Research. These experts will initiate virtual discussion groups, write exclusive blog posts, and interact with users as contacts within the platform. The Advisory Board includes (in alphabetical order): Toby A. B. Green, Managing Director, Coherent Digital, France; Matthew Ismail, Director of Collection Development, Central Michigan University, United States; Christian Kohl, Independent Consultant and Instructor, the Academy of German Book Trade, Germany; Alice J. Meadows, Director of Community Engagement, National Information Standards Organization, United States; Dirk Pieper, Library Director, the University of Bielefeld, Germany; Lara Speicher, Head of Publishing, UCL Press, United Kingdom; Charles Watkinson, Director, the University of Michigan Press, United States; and Alicia Wise, Independent Consultant, Information Power, United Kingdom.

The launch of the ORC is supported by specialist media, including journals buchreport and b.i.t. online. The Charleston Conference and the specialist journal Against the Grain are also involved with the ORC.

Direct to The Open Research Community (ORC)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.