The OAPEN Newsletter
OAPEN Newsletter March 2014
First titles Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection now available
OAPEN is pleased to announce that the first 17 titles of the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection are now available in Open Access through the OAPEN Library.
View all available titles here.
Knowledge Unlatched announced recently that not only has it reached its goal of attracting 200 libraries to become charter members and participate in its pilot project – it exceeded that number by nearly 50%. 296 libraries joined from 24 countries. Its Pilot Collection of 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers will now become Open Access.
Frances Pinter, Executive Director of KU, said:
“Through successfully reaching the target set for the Pilot, we have established proof of concept that libraries and publishers can work together to fund the publication of high quality specialist scholarly books and make them Open Access. This ensures that in the digital world we are not just replicating the old print model, but that we can indeed do better and contribute to breaking down what is fast becoming a new digital divide.
We’re pleased to be partnering with OAPEN, where the first batch of titles is now available. It will take a few weeks before all the books are posted on hosting sites, but there is a page that provides information on the status of each book and where it can be found. ( A small number of books won’t be published for another couple of months.”
For further information see
The OAPEN Library and the Directory of Open Access Books
DOAB and the OAPEN Library are both services provided by OAPEN Foundation. To clarify the differences between these two services, we would like to give an overview in this month’s newsletter.
Deposit service vs. Discovery service
The OAPEN Library is a centralized repository for hosting and disseminating OA books. OAPEN makes use of the Library to provide a Deposit service for OA books, with the aim to support OA mandates from funders and universities.
DOAB is a Discovery service for OA books, aiming to increase discoverability, usage and impact of the listed publications, and to provide an authoritative list of OA book publishers.
Repository vs. directory
An important difference lies in the fact that the OAPEN Library is a repository whereas DOAB is a directory. Consequently, the OAPEN Library contains full text versions of Open Access books, while DOAB points to OA books that can be found elsewhere. In other words, in the Library the books’ PDF’s can be downloaded directly, while DOAB links you to the publisher’s web shop to download a title. Furthermore, the full text versions in the OAPEN Library make it possible to search the whole book whereas in DOAB you can only search the description and bibliographic information.
‘Free to read’ and ‘free to share’
Another difference between DOAB and the OAPEN Library relates to licensing policies. The OAPEN Library contains titles that are both ‘free to share’ and ‘free to read’, but also books that are just ‘free to read’. DOAB on the other hand only contains monographs with a full OA license, which means they are all free to share. As a result both collections overlap partly but are not identical.
Harvesting metadata from OAPEN
As these two services (DOAB and the OAPEN Library) are technically different, the procedures to harvest metadata are slightly different as well. It is possible to harvest OAPEN metadata through our website. Each feed is updated daily and contains the full set of available books. The metadata is available in these formats and procedures:
  • ONIX (2.1) – XML
  • ONIX (3.0) – XML
  • MARCXML – based on MARC 21 XML Schema
  • CSV – comma delimited text file
  • XML - optimised for import in Excel
  • XML - deleted records
In addition, the OAPEN Library is built on a repository infrastructure, which enables OAI-MHP harvesting. The metadata is based on Dublin Core. The base URL to be used is:
Harvesting DOAB metadata
The metadata of DOAB is available through the DOAB website. The data is available via OAI harvesting and as a CSV file. Available formats are Dublin Core and MARCXML. Just like OAPEN metadata all DOAB metadata is updated daily.
Worldwide usage of OAPEN and DOAB – an interesting example
More and more libraries worldwide implement the OAPEN collection into their catalogues. An interesting example of OAPEN usage can be found in Banda Aceh – Indonesia. In encouraging their students and faculties to make use of Open Access collections, The Syiah Kuala University Central Library has started an Open Archives Harvester (using software by Public Knowledge Project) offering - among other OA sources - the complete OAPEN and DOAB collections.
For more information, please contact Eelco Ferwerda, director of the OAPEN Foundation
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