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COPIM Newsflash! Project Update March 2020

Over two months since our kick-off meeting in Coventry, and nearly a quarter of the way through 2020: a COPIM project update

Published onMar 31, 2020
COPIM Newsflash! Project Update March 2020

Since our kick-off meeting in January, the various Work Packages (WPs) of the COPIM project have hit the ground running with the early stages of their work, including undertaking scoping research, organising workshops and recruiting new COPIM participants to expand our capacity. Read on to find out what we’ve done and what we’re planning next!

WP1: Project Management

We have a new COPIM website! This static site contains details about the project, its aims, its funders, its people and its Work Packages, as well as providing a way for the wider world to contact us. It will sit alongside this PubPub site, which will be a more dynamic platform for blogging and open documentation--such as this update.

Everything on PubPub can be annotated (which is facilitated via the amazing integration available on all PubPub sites, find more examples here), and comments can be left below, so let us know your thoughts!

The other place for updates and to interact with COPIM is our active Twitter account (@COPIMproject).

WP2: Revenue Infrastructures and Management Platform

Work on a landscape study of consortial funding models, by new COPIM project member Elli Gerakopoulou, has begun. 

A first workshop took place this month, established jointly with WPs 3 and 5. Initially set up to coincide with the Redux conference in Cambridge (which was subsequently postponed and moved online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic) this was transformed into a remote event. It enabled COPIM participants to have in-depth conversations with a variety of publishers and infrastructure providers from the UK, US , Europe and South Africa to discuss the discovery and dissemination of OA books, as well as business and funding models to support their publication. What exists, what works and what is still to be developed? You can read the reports from this workshop here.

Preparations are also underway for a number of workshops in the UK and the US in May this year: these will be opportunities for COPIM project members to sit down with librarians, infrastructure providers, scholarly communications experts and those with expertise in consortial funding to begin to thrash out key issues related to the WP. With COVID-19 continuing to affect travel and in-person events, we will prepare for these events to be remote as well.   

WP3: Knowledge Exchange and Piloting Alternative Business Models

Background research on existing publisher business models has begun, undertaken by new COPIM member Izabella Penier. 

WP3 also participated in the workshop on 16 March (discussed above) with publishers and infrastructure providers.

Recruitment has begun for a Scholarly Publishing Outreach Officer to support the WP in working with academic publishers to convert their business models to Open Access.

WP4: Community Governance

Sam Moore and Janneke Adema are working on a series of blogposts and a journal article on community governance models, and they are both speaking at the CU (Infra)Structures Conference in June, as long as that event goes ahead. Sam is submitting papers to a number of events across Europe (COVID-19-permitting) as we aim to exchange knowledge and develop useful contacts in this area.

A community workshop is planned for 1 May, hosted by UCSB Library, on Community Governance for Open Monograph Publishing Infrastructures. A digital format is being prepared in reaction to global events, and this WP will be drawing on the March workshop organised by WPs 2, 3 and 5 for tips and hard-won experience about running remote workshops!

WP5: Building an Open Dissemination System

Development work on Thoth and Hapi continue, with content and progress reported in Github:

The “Thoth” logo is available free of restriction under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Thoth is a metadata database manager: a changelog file, recording progress can be found at . A Thoth project board has also been created to track issues and development

Hapi is a suite of exporting protocols from Thoth, allowing the creation of a variety of metadata formats: . A changelog and project board will be added in due course. Our initial focus is to create example ONIX files from metadata in Thoth. 

• A logo for Thoth was created.  

• Version 0.1.5 of Thoth is out! New functionality: produce an OAPEN-compatible ONIX file of books published by COPIM partners Open Book Publishers and punctum books:

WP5 participated in the March workshop (see above) with publishers and infrastructure providers.

WP6: Experimental Publishing, Re-use, and Impact

The first pilot case is being planned and we have identified four more options for experiments, but we need to do some more thinking about which ones to develop further. Sam and Janneke are working on a further mapping of Experimental Publications and looking into genealogies.

A workshop is being organised for 1 July with experts in the field, and Janneke and Gary Hall met with a major UK gallery to discuss the possibility of collaborating with them on an event (such as our final conference) and potentially holding an exhibition connected to this. The meeting went well and the idea is progressing.

WP7: Archiving and Digital Preservation

Although this WP doesn’t officially take off until April, recruitment is already underway for researchers to take on the scoping element of the project.  

And finally…

We are delighted to welcome Agata Morka, who will be based with COPIM partner Open Book Publishers. Her role is funded by OPERAS-P, and she will facilitate exchange between OPERAS, COPIM and the various library and scholarly publishing communities within the EU. This role will be key to creating some of the relationships and conversations that are crucial to the success of COPIM, and we are delighted to have Agata on board.

Keep an eye on this PubPub site for reports from our upcoming workshops!

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