New Tool From OASIS On the Way – Open Access Map


Alma Swan and Leslie Chan from OASIS are preparing the world map which will include all Open Access projects, services and initiatives. The tool will also involve a timeline which will show the development of Open Access over the last decade in terms of repositories, policies adopted and OA journals published.

An offspring of Berlin8 Conference at Beijing, it is a nice addition to a (hopefully, not temporary) project from Eprints of the global map of Open Access Institutional Repositories.

As Open Access becomes a standalone discipline and experiences dramatical growth while it is supported by countries from anywhere around the world, it is basically “craving for tools” which will help it to measure itself and see where it stands. Alma and Leslie are certainly dangling some glossy mind candy before the eyes of OA researchers.

All of the content will be made available by CC licence at The map will present a single point from which the diversity of the OA initiatives will be discovered, and will “prevent duplication, enhance collaboration, and will generally enable an approach where new projects properly build upon existing or completed ones,” they report at OASIS. The map will also display the locations of other OA related initiatives, including funding policies, government documents, university mandates and so on. Such a unique aggregating and networking tool has the potential to catalyze additional OA developments across the world.

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