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Re: Help us launch the Open Access Network!

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From: Sandy Thatcher <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:26:53 -0600

It may be worth pointing out that the National Enquiry into Scholarly
Communication (1979) made this same kind of recommendation for
broad-based institutional support of the scholarly publishing system
in its #8 recommendation. Check it out. (The report was published by
the Johns Hopkins University Press. The National Enquiry, supported by
the Mellon and Ford foundations, was housed at Princeton University
Press.)

Sandy Thatcher



> Help us launch the Open Access Network!
> Rebecca Kennison
>
> December 9, 2014 9:09 AM
>
> This appeal may be one you've already seen - but even if so, please
> read it and consider giving! We need your support!
>
> What is open access (OA)? For those unaware of the concept, the
> classic definition remains that of the Budapest Open Access Initiative
> (http://www.soros.org/openaccess), drafted at a meeting held in
> Budapest in December 2001: "free and unrestricted online availability
> [of the scholarly literature] Š permitting any user to read, download,
> copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these
> articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or
> use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or
> technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to
> the Internet itself."
>
> In the more than decade since that definition was first drafted, OA
> has taken hold in the scientific community, but still focuses
> primarily on articles, rather than the entire scholarly output of all
> those participating in the research endeavor, no matter what size the
> institution, no matter what the discipline, no matter what the format
> of communication. Still more needs to be done to realize the full
> promise and potential of OA.
>
> What is the Open Access Network (OAN)?
>
> The OAN, being launched in the next few months by us at K|N
> Consultants (http://knconsultants.org/), looks to tackle head-on the
> challenge of OA business models for all disciplines, but particularly
> 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 model, as spelled out in our white paper
> (http://knconsultants.org/toward-a-sustainable-approach-to-open-access-publishing-and-archiving/),
> proposes that all institutions of higher education contribute to
> systemic support of the research process itself, including its
> scholarly output. It is a bold rethinking of the economics of OA by
> way of partnerships among scholarly societies, academic libraries, and
> publishers funded by an institutional fee structure based on a
> student-and-faculty per-capita sliding scale. Core to the model is its
> insistence on broad institutional support of the scholarly
> communication infrastructure itself, not on any particular format
> (e.g., books, journals, website).
>
> A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, K|N Consultants will launch
> the OAN in early 2015 and are beginning now to seek funding that will
> support a series of pilot projects designed to test the model.
>
> To do this, we need your help to establish a seed fund. Please donate
> any amount you can, whether $5 or $50,000 - or anything in between.
> All donations are tax deductible in the United States, and all
> donations from anywhere in the world are welcomed, with sincere
> thanks. Please give generously.
>
> Donations may be made online (http://knconsultants.org/#donate)
> (either one-time or ongoing) or by check, payable to K|N Consultants,
> sent to 238 West 106th Street 6F, New York NY 10025 USA.
>
> Questions? E-mail us at:  [log in to unmask]



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