DOAB Foundation Press Release

OAPEN Foundation (Netherlands) and OpenEdition (France) are pleased to announce the creation of DOAB Foundation as a joint venture between the two partners. The mission of the new foundation is to provide an independent and trustworthy Directory of Open Access Books to the academic community and the general public.

 

  • DOAB was developed in 2012 by OAPEN as a dedicated discovery service for OA books, next to the existing OAPEN Library. Since then, the directory became one of the fastest growing OA resources, and now indexes more than 16,500 open access books from 315 publishers worldwide.
  • In 2012, OAPEN and OpenEdition partnered in DILOH. This is a project funded by the French government under the “investissement d’avenir” label to enable the French academic production in social sciences and humanities reach an international audience and support the development of DOAB.
  • In 2017 OAPEN and OpenEdition partnered with eight other parties in HIRMEOS, a project funded by the European Commission under the framework “Horizon 2020” to develop innovative services for open access books. In HIRMEOS, OAPEN and OpenEdition worked together to add a Certification service on peer review to DOAB.
  • In 2018, the French Minister of Research Frédérique Vidal adopted a National Plan for Open Science and included in the Plan’s action points, the creation of the Franco-Dutch foundation.
  • On the 5th of March 2019, DOAB was established as a foundation under Dutch law, in co-ownership between OAPEN Foundation and OpenEdition, legally represented by CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, its governing institutions….”

First results of the crowdfunding OpenEdition Books Select experiment: Six titles published in open access – Open Electronic Publishing

“Six titles from the OpenEdition Books Select package have now been published in open access on OpenEdition Books and will soon be published on OAPEN….

OpenEdition Books Select is the first crowdfunding programme for scientific publishing in French. Launched in 2018 in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched and the Couperin consortium, this unprecedented project aims to publish in open access a bundle of books by major publishers in the humanities and social sciences. The crowdfunding campaign is aimed at libraries around the world, enabling them to offer any reader access to French-language content of the highest quality. This ethical and transparent model is based on a collaboration between publishers and libraries committed to open science….”