Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library/About – Wikipedia

“The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub, a place for active Wikipedia editors to gain access to the vital reliable sources that they need to do their work and to be supported in using those resources to improve the encyclopedia. We aim to make access and use of sources free, easy, collaborative and efficient.

The Wikipedia Library is run by Jake Orlowitz, Nikkimaria, Sam Walton, Aaron Vasanth, and Felix Nartey, with an amazing team of Coordinators and funded by the Wikimedia Foundation. It began in 2013 as an Individual Engagement Grant. We operate on a community-organized satellite model: we administer the global project but work with local coordinators in local Wikipedia projects to help each community set up their own branch of the library. Contact us if you want a Wikipedia Library in your language or want to help out!…

Generous donations from our [library] partners have given us thousands of free accounts. More are on the way. Sign up for the ones you want and can use at the Library Card platform!…”

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF PATHWAYS TO OA

“This Executive Summary accompanies a Pathways to OA document (“Pathways document”) prepared ursuant to the Council of University Librarian’s (CoUL)1 3 August 2017 charging statement. In the Pathways document, our Working Group2 analyzes the various approaches to or models for achieving open access (Green, Gold-APC, Gold-non-APC), and the actionable strategies that exist to implement each approach (e.g., for Gold OA APC-based approach, one strategy is library subvention funding). Our Pathways document is intended to assist campus libraries and the California Digital Library (CDL) with individual and, where appropriate, collective decision-making about which OA strategies, possible next steps, or experiments to pursue in order to achieve large-scale transition to OA….”

Institutions supporting DOAJ via SCOSS coalition

“SCOSS (The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) recommended to their member institutions to support DOAJ with funding that will enable DOAJ to move towards a new crowdfunding effort and away from its incremental annual contribution system. Under the new model organisations will work towards sustaining DOAJ for the coming 3 years, giving it more stability for the mid-term. This will enable DOAJ to develop a fully comprehensive, longer term development plan for its systems and services….”

2.5% for Open: An inventory of investment opportunities – Google Docs

“David Lewis recently proposed (see https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/handle/1805/14063 ) that libraries devote 2.5% of their total budget to support the common infrastructure needed to create the open scholarly commons….
In the early stages of exploring this idea, we want to come to some agreement about what would count as such an investment, and then build a registry that would allow libraries to record their investments in this area, track their investments over time, and compare their investments with like institutions. The registry would also serve as a guide for those looking for ideas for how to make the best investments for their institution, providing a listing of all ‘approved’ ways to invest in open, and as a place for those seeking investment to be discovered. As a first step towards building such a thing, we are crowdsourcing the creation of the inventory of ways to invest. Below you’ll find, organized by Lewis’ categories, a wide range of investments that many of us already make….” 

Holiday breathers for the Open Access Tracking Project

“There may be periods during the holidays when the +OATP (@oatp) feeds are smaller than usual. But we’ll be back, and we’ll catch up on the news we didn’t tag when making merry. Have a happy and open 2018.

OATP home page 

http://bit.ly/o-a-t-p 

Consider tagging OA-related news and comment as a volunteer. Tag OA developments in general or in your areas of specialization, for example, by academic field, geographic region, language, or subtopic of OA. We’d welcome your help in making our feeds timely and comprehensive.

http://bit.ly/oatp-get-started  …”

Open Access India Projects

The community of practice, Open Access India had taken up few crowdsourced projects viz., Forum for Open Access in SAARC Countries, National Open Access Policy for India, AgriXiv – Preprint Repository for Agriculture, CrowdSource project on mapping the ISSN Journals from India