Welcome to the eleventh edition of fullstopp FLASH. In this week’s issue, you’ll find some key providers of Open Access infrastructure, listed by Felix, the key concept of a new publication by Sven, and the question whether demand can be created, which Marcel once tried to answer in a keynote on disruption. Reach out to us in case you want to hear more about any of these concepts!
Felix Evert: Partners for Innovative Publishers: Key Providers of Open Access Infrastructure
Most scholarly publishers – commercial publishers and university presses alike – now support the publication of open access books. But only few publishing houses disseminate open access books with the same carefulness that traditional sales titles enjoy. There is already a great infrastructure with the goal of increasing visibility and discoverability for open access books available. Those publishers who wish to offer their authors the widest possible dissemination and best author’s service, are well-advised to familiarize themselves with the emerging infrastructure for open access books. Below, please find a brief introduction to four of the most important services.
- DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) is a platform dedicated to collect and connect data of peer-reviews open access books. Publishers are invited to provide title data for their open access books; libraries are able to harvest the complete database and integrate all title information with their local library catalogues. In addition, readers can directly search the catalogue and identify suitable locations (e.g. publisher’s website) to access the content. (–> doabooks.org)
- OpenAIRE is meta search engine aggregating content and data from thousands of institutional repositories and publisher website providing a most efficient entrance point to open access content. Publishers can actively index their open access content for better discoverability. OpenAIRE is funded by the European Union with an FP7 grant of several millions Euros. The coverage of OpenAIRE is most extensive, covering all possible scholarly open access contents. (–> https://www.openaire.eu)
- DOAI (Digital Open Access Identifier) is a digital object resolver helping to identify open access versions to any given article. The project is funded by the French government. Thanks to effective technology very convenient to handle. Users just replace the standard doi.org by doai.io in any digital object identifier. (–> http://doai.io)
- OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is an aggregator platform for peer-reviewed open access books. The goal is to increase the visibility and retrievability of high-quality open access books. Participating publishers include university presses and commercial publishers alike. The database offers a comprehensive collection of social science and humanities titles which can be downloaded directly from the platform. (–> http://www.oapen.org)
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Sven Fund: Digitization and Digitality
„Digital“ is changing our ways of life – and how we do research and business. I believe that the first wave of digitization was still a pretty traditional extension of the value chain – selling again in digital what a publisher sold in print before. In the age of digitality, parameters change dramatically. The shift from “just in time” to “just in case” also in libraries make B2B businesses much more volatile. No doubt, that holds opportunities for new business models – but it also poses a significant threat to the easy way of doing business. If you are interested in the topic, please read my latest article on the topic (sorry that it is in German only) – and please get in touch to discuss in person: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcel Knöchelmann: No Proof of Concept: Can Demand Be Created?
This week, while working with a customer, a thought struck me which I once talked about during a keynote in Hamburg. Back then, I was invited to talk about disruptive innovation, but I actually wandered off the topic. That is, I shifted my focus from disruption to the apparent strength of companies and the question whether demand can be created or even researched before it happens.
At one point during the keynote, I talked about Malcom McLean, a trucker who invented and established the shipping with containers. The invention itself wasn’t the big task, it was rather technical. Yet, to establish a completely new standard – containers – meant to transform several industries, all of which would have to adhere to the same system – without proof of concept. That was the big task. Well, to all those who state, demand cannot be created, this story should tell a different tale, doesn’t it? Read the keynote here if you wish and let me know your thoughts about creating demand. There are so many different views out there on this topic – I’m looking forward to hearing yours: email@example.com
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