Introducing Open Book Futures: A COPIM Community Project
From a COPIM Post:
The COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) Project came to an end on 30 April 2023, having established a number of infrastructures, including: the Open Book Collective, Thoth Open Metadata, Opening the Future, the Thoth Archiving Network and the Experimental Publishing Compendium. You can read more about that project’s achievements in this report.
And seamlessly, on 1 May 2023, Open Book Futures began!
Open Book Futures is a new project that builds on the achievements of the previous three and a half years, with an expanded (and more global) team. Funded again by Research England and Arcadia Fund, and scheduled to run until 30 April 2026, it will be, in PI Joe Deville’s words, ‘transformative’. It gives us the time, and the funding, to develop the infrastructures that were first created as part of the COPIM Project so that, at the end of three years, they can stand on their own two feet. We have (of course) a number of targets to expand and develop them, to involve more presses and libraries, to publish more open access books, to connect with more like-minded initiatives and people and infrastructures across the world. These more global ambitions are reflected in the new partners who have joined the project, which include the Continental Platform/University of Cape Town, SciELO Books, and the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI), among many others.
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.