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Open Access News and Networking
The Global Open Access List
The Global Open Access List (GOAL) is dedicated to the discussion of Open Access practice and policy-making by the worldwide research community (in no order: researchers, universities, research institutions, research funding agencies, governmental research policy-makers and commercial entities) with the aim of enabling concrete, practical steps to be taken to achieve Open Access. Chief among these goals are techniques for increasing the amount of Open Access, as well as metrics of research usage and impact. The GOAL archives
are also available.
Open Access Tracking Project
The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) uses social tagging to capture new developments on open access to research. The OATP mission is (1) to offer a real-time alert service for OA-related news and comment, and (2) to organize knowledge of the field by tag or subtopic. The project publishes a comprehensive primary feed of new OA developments, and hundreds of smaller secondary feeds on OA subtopics, one for each project tag.
Open Access Tracking Project News
Organizations Researching and Advocating Open Access
- Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
- SPARC is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of the outputs of the scholarly research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. More about SPARC is available here.
- Alliance for Taxpayer Access
- Administered by SPARC, the Alliance for Taxpayer Access is a coalition of patient groups, physicians, researchers, educational institutions, publishers, and health promotion organizations that support barrier-free access to taxpayer-funded research.
- Create Change
- Create Change is an educational initiative that examines new opportunities in scholarly communication, advocates changes that recognize the potential of the networked digital environment, and encourages active participation by scholars and researchers to guide the course of change. Create Change was developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and is supported by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
- Open Access Network
- The Open Access Network (OAN) is made up of committed individuals, organizations, societies, publishers, libraries, and institutions working together to Make Knowledge Public. Its plan is to tackle head-on the challenge of OA business models beginning with disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The OAN provides a broad and transformative solution for sustainable OA publishing and archiving that is complementary, not competitive, with other OA funding approaches. The OAN was co-founded by Rebecca Kennison and Lisa Norberg, Principals at K|N Consultants, a US registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides strategic and operational guidance to academic institutions, libraries, scholarly societies, and other mission-driven organizations.
- Open Data Foundation (ODaF)
- The Open Data Foundation (ODaF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the adoption of global metadata standards and the development of open-source solutions promoting the use of statistical data. It focuses on improving data and metadata accessibility and overall quality in support of research, policy making, and transparency, in the fields of economics, finance, healthcare, education, labor, social science, technology, agriculture, development, and the environment.
- Public Knowledge Project
- The Public Knowledge Project is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. Among its many projects for supporting open scholarly communication are the software tools Open Journal Systems, Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems, and Open Harvester Systems.
- Right to Research Coalition
- The Right to Research Coalition was founded by students in the summer of 2009 to promote an open scholarly publishing system based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access. Its work is centered around two major program areas: (1) To advocate for policies at the campus and national level that promote Open Access by requiring that research results be made freely available in a timely manner; and (2) To educate the next generation of scholars and researchers about Open Access so open publishing becomes the new norm.