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  • 1. Official Launch of the Directory of Open Access Books OA Monograph in HSS conference 1 July 2013, British Library, London Eelco Ferwerda Director of OAPEN Foundation
  • 2. DOAB • Discovery service for OA books • Searchable index to peer reviewed monographs • Links back to Open Access publication • + links to webshop and vendors
  • 3. DOAB development • First conversations at COASP 2009, Lund • Developed with Lars Björnshauge and SemperTool (founders of DOAJ) • Launched in beta version in April 2011 • Purpose of beta: find out about user needs: – Survey – Online discussion
  • 4. DOAB user needs • Requirements and standards concerning quality control are warmly welcomed • Provide transparency about procedures used (icon system?) • As long as these standards remain flexible and open to a variety of quality control mechanisms, from editorial control to open peer review and post publication review • Focus should remain on the outcome, not on the procedure used
  • 5. DOAB requirements Established by OAPEN in consultation with OASPA: • Academic books in DOAB shall be available under an Open Access license (such as a Creative Commons license) • Academic books in DOAB shall be subjected to independent and external peer review prior to publication
  • 6. DOAB dissemination • Connecting with libraries – OAI harvesting, DC, MARCXML, CC0 license • Connecting with content aggregators – WorldCat, Base, Serial Solutions, Europeana • Search engine optimization – Schema.org model for books • Integration with OAPEN Library – Automated import of CC-licensed books
  • 7. Our goals • Increase discoverability of OA books • Provide authoritative list of OA book publishers • Support quality assurance and standards • Promote OA book publishing
  • 8. DOAB support DOAB will follow the example of DOAJ, sustaining its activities through financial support from the stakeholder community (libraries, consortia, commercial aggregators and publishers) – Contributors: ad hoc contributions – Members: fixed yearly fee – Publishers: voluntary fee based on # books – Sponsors
  • 9. Since launch in beta • 22  49 publishers (10+ pending) • 700  1450 OA books Recognized by librarians: • Best New Product (2012) – Award sponsored by Charleston Advisor • Best Free Reference Web Site (2013) – Selected by Reference and User Services Association (ALA)
  • 10. Thank you! www.doabooks.org @DOABooks Eelco Ferwerda e.ferwerda@oapen.org

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