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
> 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
> 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.
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