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Developing a Pilot Data Trust for Open Access Ebook Usage

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.

Help Build It | Call for Community Engagement

Join the project’s discussion forums and working groups listed below to share your perspective and provide input directly to the project team and its advisors.

Stakeholder Discussion Forums

Open, public user communities for peers to discuss and inform  issues relating to the project.

Working Groups

Open, public groups for those interested in working through issues pertaining to the project.

Project Deliverables

Final published versions of files and presentations post to the Open Access eBook Usage Data Trust Zenodo community page. Frequently requested files include: 

Project Updates

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.