OPERAS supports Open Book Futures project to expand Open Access infrastructures

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Starting on May 1st this year, the project Open Book Futures (OBF) will develop and support organisations, tools and practices to enable both academics and the wider public to make more and better use of books published on an Open Access basis. The project is led by Lancaster University, and OPERAS is one of the project’s supporting institutions. 

Funded by Arcadia and the Research England Development (RED) Fund with £5.8 million, the project marks a shift in the ambition, scope and impact of community-owned Open Access book publishing, aiming to significantly increase and improve the quantity, discoverability, preservation and accessibility of academic content freely and easily available to all. 

Among its activities, OBF will deepen and accelerate the work of:

Open Book Futures builds on the pioneering work of the Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project. COPIM, a strategic international partnership led by Coventry University, began the work of establishing the key open, community-led solutions required to address the barriers to the wider impact of Open Access books. COPIM was also jointly funded by Arcadia and the RED Fund. A particular aim of the Open Book Futures project is to deepen COPIM’s long-term impact and to make sure a wide range of voices have the opportunity to shape the future of Open Access book publishing.

Project partners 

Partners joining Lancaster University in the Consortium include:

Additional supporting partners include, besides OPERAS:

The project is also supported by Lancaster University Library

About the funders

Arcadia is a charitable foundation that works to protect nature, preserve cultural heritage and promote open access to knowledge. Since 2002 Arcadia has awarded more than $1 billion to organizations around the world.

 RED supports innovation in research and knowledge exchange in higher education that offers significant public benefits.



Cite this blog post
Lore Caliman (2023, April 5). OPERAS supports Open Book Futures project to expand Open Access infrastructures. OPERAS. Retrieved May 19, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/sjp6

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