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Wednesday, November 6 • 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Open Infrastructure: The Way Forward for Open Access Monographs

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The drive towards open access (OA) publishing is gathering pace, with international movements such as PlanS and US-based initiatives such as Open Access 2020 signalling the determination of policymakers and institutions to embrace open research. The challenges journals face in adapting to this new environment are well known, but monograph publishing has been comparatively neglected and, with BPCs typically starting at around $12,000, the question of how to enable OA for books is a pressing one for libraries, researchers, publishers and funders alike. Open infrastructure is increasingly being seen as a solution to this conundrum. Organisations such as SPARC and movements such as InvestInOpen, together with funding bodies, OA publishers, researchers and libraries are building the urgently-needed systems to ensure the creation, discoverability and long-term sustainability of open content. This panel includes publishers, researchers, and leaders in the development of open scholarly communications to discuss the recent acceleration in the drive towards open infrastructure, and how libraries and scholarly communication professionals can be part of the conversation. Each panellist is a Director of a non-profit OA company working collaboratively with other similarly-minded entities to create open infrastructures to support OA book publishing. They include Eelco Ferwerda (Director at OAPEN - board member DOAB, collaborating with OPERAS, COPIM), Rupert Gatti (Director & Co-founder of Open Book Publishers - collaborating with ScholarLed, COPIM, OPERAS, Coko Foundation/Editoria), Eileen Joy (Director & Co-founder of punctum books - collaborating with ScholarLed, COPIM, Coko Foundation/Editoria, OAPEN) and Pierre Mounier (Deputy Director at OpenEdition - coordinator of OPERAS, board member of DOAB) to discuss the challenges and opportunities for open infrastructure development and its significance for scholarly communication. Based in Holland, UK, USA and France, they will bring their diverse perspectives to a lively and wide-ranging discussion about the future of OA book publishing.


Eelco Ferwerda

Director, OAPEN
Eelco Ferwerda is director of the OAPEN Foundation. Before that he managed OAPEN as EU-funded project at Amsterdam University Press. He joined Amsterdam University Press in 2002 as Publisher of Digital Products. Before joining AUP, he worked in various new media subsidiaries at the... Read More →
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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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Pierre Mounier

Deputy Director, OpenEdition
I am co-coordinator of OPERAS Research Infrastructure with Suzanne Dumouchel. I support cooperation between OPERAS members and contribute to the strategic roadmap of the infrastructure. I am trained in classical studies and social anthropology. I am affiliated to the École des Hautes... Read More →
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Eileen Joy

Director / CEO, punctum books
I am a specialist in Old English literary studies and cultural studies, as well as a para-academic rogue publisher, with interests in poetry and poetics, intellectual history, ethics, affects, embodiments, queer studies, object/thing studies, the ecological, post/humanisms, and scholarly... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:10pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott Hotel 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401