Relevance of Academic Books
July 14, 2023, 11:30 – 13:00 (BRT/UTC-3)
Language: English with Portuguese and Spanish simultaneous translation funded by Lancaster University, the Open Book Collective, and Thoth, as part of the Open Book Futures project supported by Arcadia and the Research England Development Fund
This webinar will introduce the work of COPIM’s ‘Open Book Futures’ project, an international collaboration building different types of community-owned infrastructure to develop and strengthen OA book publishing, and explore how members of the SciELO Network might engage and work together with the COPIM team to build global support for OA books.
Over the last four years, the COPIM team have been developing open, community-governed infrastructure to support open access book publishing. This includes the Open Book Collective, which supports collective funding for OA books and infrastructures, and the Thoth metadata dissemination system, which enables publishers to easily create high-quality, open metadata to share their OA books as widely as possible. All of this infrastructure is community-owned and governed by its users. With £5.8 million from Arcadia and Research England to develop this infrastructure equitably as part of the ‘Open Book Futures’ project, the COPIM team want to find out how they can collaborate with, and learn from, the members of the SciELO network. How might what COPIM is building be useful to you? What are they currently missing? What are the possibilities for collaboration? Come along to this session, learn more about what COPIM is building, and share your perspective on how OA book publishing can best be nurtured and developed within SciELO and beyond.
12:30 – 13:00 Q&A with the audience [VIDEO]
Lucy Barnes is Editor and Outreach Coordinator at Open Book Publishers, a leading independent Open Access book publisher. She also works on outreach for the COPIM Open Book Futures project and sits on the board of the ScholarLed collective. She coordinates the Open Access Books Network (oabooksnetwork.org) in collaboration with OAPEN, OPERAS and SPARC Europe, and she is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit. You can find her on Twitter @alittleroad.
Tom Grady is leading the Opening the Future work package at COPIM's Open Book Futures project, focusing on outreach to publishers and libraries, and lots in between. He was previously a founding team member of the UK’s first consortial OA press, White Rose University Press.
Dr Rupert Gatti is Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge, co-founder of Open Book Publishers, and one of the Directors of Thoth Open Metadata. In the context of COPIM, Rupert is co-Lead on the Open Book Futures project's Work Packages focusing on open metadata, accessibility, and archiving and preservation of Open Access books.
Toby Steiner has a background in Cultural and Media Studies and has worked with a variety of projects in the context of Open Scholarship over the last 13 years. Toby has just started in his new role of Product Manager at Thoth Open Metadata, and has previously worked as COPIM's Project Manager between 2020-23.
Dr Joe Deville is a sociologist and Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University. Joe is co-founder of Mattering Press, and Principal Investigator on the recently-launched Open Book Futures project, which is jointly funded for three years by the Research England Development Fund, and Arcadia.
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