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Knowledge Unlatched – Navigating Through the Rapids of Change


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NISO Two Day Virtual Conference:
Using the Web as an E-Content Distribution Platform:
Challenges and Opportunities
Oct 21-22, 2014

Frances Pinter, Founder and Executive Director, Knowledge Unlatched

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Knowledge Unlatched – Navigating Through the Rapids of Change

  1. 1. Open Access and Books in the Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Frances Pinter Founder Knowledge Unlatched
  2. 2. The KU Vision • A sustainable route to OA for specialist scholarly books • Ensure that HSS books are as accessible as OA science journals
  3. 3. What Do We Want? • Reduce waste in the supply chain • Ensure that origination costs are covered • Achieve universal Open Access • Make the purchasing process easier • Ensure good discoverability
  4. 4. Routes to Open Access • OA edition & sales from print and/or ebooks Bloomsbury Academic • Institutional Support for Press Amherst, UCL Press • Library-Press collaboration Mpublishing/Michigan • Funding body BPC NOW Netherlands, FWF Austria, Wellcome UK, Max Planck Society, Germany • ‘Author’ side publication fee Palgrave, Springer, MUP • Library consortium Knowledge Unlatched
  5. 5. What is Knowledge Unlatched? • Not-for-profit • Collaborate initiative bringing libraries and publishers together to develop one route to OA for books • A road to OA • A space to learn together • A consortium of libraries paying a Title Fee (BPC) to publishers to make their books OA
  6. 6. What We Did Small Pilot 2013/14 Worked with the community Proof of Concept
  7. 7. Pilot Project Design • Collected Books from Publishers • Surveyed Libraries • Construction of the Model 13 publishers, 28 books Average hb price $95 Average Title Fee $12,000 Recruit 200 libraries to pay $60 per book
  8. 8. Title Fee Examples Title Fee Participating Libraries Cost per Library $10,000 250 $40.00 500 $20.00 $15,000 250 $60.00 500 $30.00
  9. 9. Pilot Project Results • 297 libraries pledged • 24 countries • Collection cost reduced from $1680 to $1195 per library • Per book/per library cost dropped from $60 to under $43 • 100 libraries pre-registered for next round • 13,000 downloads in 138 countries
  10. 10. Pilot Collection Publishers Amsterdam University Press Bloomsbury Academic Brill Cambridge University Press De Gruyter Duke University Press Edinburgh University Press Liverpool University Press Manchester University Press Purdue University Press Rutgers University Press Temple University Press University of Michigan Press
  11. 11. Pilot Collection One Package, Five Subjects • History • Literature • Politics • Media & Communications • Anthropology
  12. 12. Global Sign Ups United States (122) United Kingdom (77) Other* (41) Australia (24) Germany (18) Canada (15) *Countries included in the Other category less than 5% each – with 7 sign ups: Netherlands; 5 sign ups: Denmark and Israel; 4 sign ups: New Zealand; 3 sign ups: Sweden; 2 sign ups: France, Spain and Switzerland; and 1 sign up per country: Austria, Belgium, China, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Norway, Portugal, South Africa and Turkey.
  13. 13. Hosting, Preservation, Metadata • Hosting: OAPEN, HathiTrust • Metadata: MARC21 & MARCXML • Discovery: WorldCat, Summons • Preservation: Portico, CLOCKSS
  14. 14. What we are working on now • Managing data flow better • Consortia models • Activating new Library Steering Committee • Producing substantive report on pilot • Designing a study of usage and impact • Preparing a ‘White Paper’ • Working on the next phase
  15. 15. Partners Jisc Collections LYRASIS Max Planck Society New York Public Library OAPEN Key Supporters Big Innovation Center British Library Trust Open Society Foundation HEFCE, SFC, DELNI Founding Libraries Queensland University of Technology The University of Melbourne The University of Western Australia KU Supporters
  16. 16. The Big Issue Discoverability Discoverability Discoverability
  17. 17. Knowledge Unlatched Thank you