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Developing a Pilot Data Trust for Open Access Ebook Usage (subcontract)

Exploring Open Access eBook Usage (OAeBU)

This two-year project acts upon the recommendations that resulted from five years of planning, as documented within the “Exploring Open Access Ebook Usage” white paper published by the Book Industry Study Group in 2019.  Through December 2021, this pilot project will develop and test infrastructure, policy and governance models to support a diverse, global data trust for usage data on open access (OA) monographs. As an international cooperative managed by the community of stakeholders in scholarly communications and operating a secure data repository and member dashboards, this data trust will be designed to align with the priorities of authors and institutions while respecting emerging ethical norms in the use of metrics. More information about the project is available within the grant narrative and Data Management Plan.

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Advisory Board:
Jon Elwell (EBSCO/GOBI)
Jill Emery (Portland State University Library and COUNTER)
Eelco Ferwerda (OAPEN, OASPA, and OPERAS)
Andrew Joseph (Wits University Press)
Jo Lambert (JISC)
Roxanne Missingham  (ANU Press)
Dr. Samuel Moore (Coventry University and Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM))
Peter Potter (Virginia Tech and Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME))
Ros Pyne (Springer Nature)
Wendy Queen (Project MUSE)
Gimena del Rio Riande (IIBICRIT, CONICET)
Brian Scrivener (University of Calgary Press)
John Sherer (University of North Carolina Press)
Charles Watkinson (University of Michigan Press)

Technical Advisors:
Javier Arias (Open Book Publishers)
Susan Doerr (University of Minnesota Press)
Paul Groth (University of Amsterdam)
Stefanie Haustein (University of Ottawa)
Michael Taylor (Digital Science and University of Wolverhampton)
Francesco de Virgilio (Ubiquity Press)

Educopia’s Role
As a partner on this project, Educopia is facilitating the development of a governance structure and legal architecture for the data trust, and employing the Data Trust Program Officer.