Friday, November 8 • 10:45am - 11:25am
Interpreting Analytics for Open Access Books

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Analytics for Open Access (OA) books is being collated and used in different ways by different agents in the publishing eco-system; authors, distributors, librarians, tenure committees and funders. But the distribution channels differ significantly between OA and non-OA books, as does the ways the analytics data is collected, aggregated and understood. In this session we will address some of the specific issues and difficulties with interpreting Open Access book analytics, looking specifically at:

a. How Open Access strengthens the role of the author, not only as an originator of academic content, but also as a participant in the economic process between publishers and libraries - and why this requires a new approach to analytics and poses a specific set of questions publishers need to address in order to be fit for longterm success in OA.

b. The difficulties in comparing and aggregating usage data for Open Access books that are hosted on multiple different platforms - and how easy it is to create distorted, or even entirely meaningless figures.

c. How libraries are using analytics data for Open Access books, and the problems they are facing in doing this.

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Rupert Gatti

Director, Thoth & Open Book Publishers
Rupert Gatti is a Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge University. He is a co-founder and Director of the award winning Open Access book publishers, Open Book Publishers (www.openbookpublishers.com).  Founded as a non-profit by scholars at Cambridge in 2008, Open Book Publishers has now published over 200 high quality, rigorously peer reviewed scholarly monographs. Rupert is also a Director of Thoth, a non-profit open metadata management and dissemination service for open access b... Read More →
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Sven Fund

Managing Director, Knowledge Unlatched
I am passionate about making Open Access work for both publishers and librarians.
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Kathleen Folger

Electronic Resources Officer, University of Michigan
As Electronic Resources Officer at the University of Michigan Library, I coordinate our selection of online resources. I work closely with colleagues across the library to identify, acquire, and make discoverable and accessible all types of online resources including ebooks, ejournals,streaming... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Calhoun Room, Francis Marion Hotel