Stakeholder report, OPERAS-NL, metadata

OAPEN 2020 Stakeholder report
In 2020, the OAPEN Foundation celebrated its 10 year anniversary as an open infrastructure service for open access (OA) books, providing services to publishers, libraries and research funders. The mission of OAPEN to increase discoverability of OA books and to build trust around OA books has been leading us through a challenging year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today we would like to share our progress with you, our community, through the OAPEN 2020 Stakeholder report in which you can read about our key results and developments.


On June 22nd we had the pleasure of holding the first OPERAS national node event in the Netherlands: OPERAS-NL. During this event we presented OPERAS to the Dutch scholarly community and discussed how OPERAS can help with advancing the transition to open science in the humanities and social sciences in the Netherlands. As the core member of OPERAS in the Netherlands, we are thrilled to have started building the OPERAS-NL community. 

We are also happy to share the news with you, that yesterday, ESFRI has announced OPERAS as a new Research Infrastructure for their Roadmap 2021. Congratulations to all involved!

UKSG Insights article
We're pleased to share our colleague Ronald Snijder has recently published the following case study in the UKSG Insights journal: 'Open access book usage data - how close is COUNTER to the other kind?'. The article discusses the download data of close to 11,000 books and chapters from the OAPEN Library, comparing two widely used metrics to measure usage: COUNTER R5 and Google Analytics (GA).

Addition of OCLC Control numbers to OAPEN metadata
In co-operation with OCLC we have added OCLC Control Numbers (OCN) to over 10,000 records in the OAPEN Library. This information may is exported via our CSV-export and can also be searched: The addition of the OCNs may help librarians and other users to link records and metadata via their preferred systems.

Deprecation of MARC21 feed
Recently, we decided to deprecate the MARC21 feed based on feedback from our users. Instead, we refer users of the MARC21 feed to switch to the MARCXML feed, which includes the same information (same MARC fields and subfields) and complies to all technical standards. This format can be easily converted to other MARC formats in MARCEdit. The MARCXML feed will remain active and be maintained and further improved moving forward. More information: here.

For more information, please contact Tom Mosterd, community manager at the OAPEN Foundation 

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