The Open Library of Humanities
Utrecht. 6th April 2017.
Professor Martin Paul Eve, Birkbeck, University of London
Three Problems for Humanities Research
Problem 1: Researcher access
Problem 2: Public access
- Increasingly educated populace
- Institutional missions to benefit society
- The academy becomes irrelevant
- Especially the humanities
Problem 3: Restrictive Re-Use Rights
- Photocopying licenses
- Text mining/derivatives prohibited
- Inclusion in Wikipedia and other resources
- Community translation
- Third-party re-use rights
Open Access (OA)
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- Peer-reviewed research
- Free to read online
- Permission to re-use
- Gold: at publisher/source
- Green: institutional/subject repository
- Gratis: free to read
- Libre: free to re-use
But APCs problematic for the humanities and some other disciplines
Megajournal / Multijournal / Not-for-profit / Collectively Funded
Planning since 2013
Support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- $90,000 planning grant
- University of Lincoln, UK, 2014-2015
- $741,000 sustainability grant
- Birkbeck, University of London, UK, 2015-2018
The Subscription Model as it Exists
The OLH Library Partnership Subsidy Model
>220 Libraries Financially Supporting the OLH
18 Journals on or Supported by the Platform (909 articles in first year)
Cost: around $1.10 per institution per article.
118,686 unique readers. Average of 131 readers per article. $0.008 per institution per reader.
Donald Gray Prize for best Victorian Studies essay from the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)
Ongoing Project to "Flip" Subscription Journals
Six additional journals joined in January 2017
Two University Press Partnerships
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