Datasets: Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Release 2019-2020 Journal Subscription Cost Data and Earlier Data
From a CARL Announcement:
Back in 2018, Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) members jointly released for the first time their journal subscription cost data for collections and packages negotiated by Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), as part of their commitment to greater transparency of licensing information. Today, CARL’s university library members have once again released their expenditure data for journal and database subscriptions licensed through CRKN.
The current release, which is accessible via the Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR), covers subscription costs for 2019-2020.
At this time we are also releasing two earlier datasets, from 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, meaning that data is now available for a six-year period (2014-2015 to 2019-2020 inclusive).
CARL President Jonathan Bengston notes, “CARL believes in the importance of having the scholarly community understand the scope of current and historical spending on subscription journals, and we appreciate the efforts of researchers who are studying these data closely, both within Canada and internationally.”
The datasets and associated summary tables that have been released detail expenditure costs of all CARL member university libraries for key CRKN subscriptions for 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2019-2020. The data is not comprehensive of all their licensed subscriptions.
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