Executive Assembly Member:
Jisc is a not-for-profit providing the UK’s national research and education network, Janet, and technology solutions for its members – colleges, universities and research centres. It is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.
Jisc does three main things for its members:
- Operates and develops the super-fast and secure Janet Network and its built-in cyber security protection.
- Helps save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers.
- Provides trusted advice and practical assistance on digital technology.
Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world.
For more information visit: jisc.ac.uk
Abertay University – School of Business, Law and Social Sciences
Abertay University is located in the city of Dundee in Scotland. Abertay is a small University with around 200 members of staff and circa 4000 students. The School of Business, Law and Social Sciences currently has around 40 academic staff and offers degrees in Law, Criminology, Sociology, Accounting and Marketing among others. The School is active in research and a large part of its activities relate to the design and impact of digital technologies and digital transformation. The Sociology Division (with Professor Stefano De Paoli) has actively participated in the design of the GoTriple platform by leading the Work Package on User Research and CoDesign. It is through the work on GoTriple that Abertay has learned about OPERAS and has built strong relationships of cooperation with some of the OPERAS members. It then felt natural to solidify this cooperation by applying to join OPERAS as a member and contribute with our expertise to user research for OPERAS digital services.
DOAJ is a community curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer reviewed journals. DOAJ deploys more than one hundred carefully selected volunteers from among the community of library and other academic disciplines to assist in the curation of open access journals. This independent database contains over 17,500 peer-reviewed open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities, in English and 80 other languages. DOAJ is financially supported worldwide by libraries, publishers, and other like-minded organisations. DOAJ services are free for all, and all data provided by DOAJ are harvestable via OAI/PMH and the API. Supporting DOAJ demonstrates a firm commitment to open access and the infrastructure that supports it.
For more information visit: www.doaj.org
COARD develops and applies technology and analysis tools that provide insight into the usage and impact of open access scholarly content. We work with publishers, communities and users of scholarly content with the goal of supporting and sustaining a diversity of actors involved in creating and disseminating open access scholarly content.
For more information visit: https://coard.community/
Open Books Publishers
Open Book Publishers’ books are published in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via their website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere. Their free online books are currently being accessed by thousands of readers each month in over 207 countries. In addition, their digital publishing model allows them to extend their books well beyond the printed page. They are creating interactive books, and works that incorporate moving images, links and sound into the fabric of the text. More traditional titles are equipped with digital resources freely available on their website, including extra chapters, reviews, links and image galleries — these can be found on the individual product page for each book.
For more information visit: openbookpublishers.com
Open Library of Humanities – OLH
The OLH is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). They are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined them in their mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Launched as an international network of scholars, librarians, programmers and publishers in January 2013, the OLH has received two substantial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to date, and has built a sustainable business model with its partner libraries.
For more information visit: openlibhums.org
Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed, academic journals and books. Their flexible publishing model makes journals and books affordable, and enables researchers around the world to find and access the information they need, without barriers.
For more information visit: ubiquitypress.com
UCL Press is the first fully Open Access University Press in the UK. It seeks to use modern technologies and 21st-century means of publishing/dissemination radically to change the prevailing models for the publication of research outputs. Grounded in the Open Science/Open Scholarship agenda, UCL Press will seek to make its published outputs available to a global audience, irrespective of their ability to pay, because UCL believes that this is the best way to tackle global Grand Challenges such as poverty, disease, hunger. UCL Press focuses its publishing activity on scholarly monographs, scholarly editions, textbooks, edited collections and journals. The vision of the UCL Press is to combine responsiveness, innovation and quality publishing to become one of the leading academic publishers in the world, and the Open Access publisher of choice for authors, editors and readers.
For more information visit: ucl.ac.uk