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pr_icons_0110 March 2014
Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection to become Open Access – Nearly 300 libraries globally pledge their support

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is pleased to announce that its Pilot Collection of 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers will become Open Access. The KU Pilot Collection is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) books. Support from a minimum of 200 libraries willing to participate in the KU Pilot was required in order to achieve this goal. This target was exceeded by almost half, with close to 300 libraries from 24 countries joining KU in support of its shared cost approach to Open Access for specialist scholarly books.

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Knowledge Unlatched is a truly global initiative, involving 137 participating libraries from North America, 77 from the UK, 27 from Australia and New Zealand and 55 from the rest of the world all working together to make the Pilot Collection Open Access.

Everyone, anywhere in the world, will soon be able to access the KU Pilot Collection books for free on the following websites: OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.

Titles in the Pilot Collection will be discoverable in the Directory of Open Access Books and WorldCat. All of the titles will be preserved via the British Library, CLOCKSS, HathiTrust, and Portico.

Frances Pinter, Executive Director of KU, said,
“Through successfully reaching the target set for the Pilot, we have established proof of concept that libraries and publishers can work together to fund the publication of high quality specialist scholarly books and make them Open Access. This ensures that in the digital world we are not just replicating the old print model, but that we can indeed do better and contribute to breaking down what is fast becoming a new digital divide. Because the target number of 200 participating libraries was exceeded, the amount that each library is paying per title was reduced from the target average price of $60.00 to under $43.00.”

KU would like to thank its partners for their support in making the Pilot project a success:
CLOCKSS, HathiTrust, JISC Collections, LYRASIS, Max Planck Society, New York Public Library, OAPEN and Portico. Key support from Queensland University of Technology, The University of Melbourne and The University of Western Australia, as well as The Big Innovation Centre, British Library Trust and Open Society Foundation also proved invaluable. Additional support came from HEFCE in England, SFC in Scotland and DEL in Northern Ireland.

KU would also like to acknowledge the commitment of the global library community to supporting Open Access for HSS monographs, as well as the good will of the publishers and authors who took part in the Pilot.

Libraries can register their interest in receiving information for the next rounds of Knowledge Unlatched at http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/pre-register/. Publishers wishing to know more about offering books to libraries via Knowledge Unlatched should contact info@knowledgeunlatched.org.

About

Knowledge Unlatched is committed to creating a positive change in scholarly communication landscapes by helping libraries to share the costs of publishing high quality specialist scholarly books and making them available in Open Access. By working together libraries and publishers can create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books.

Contact information

Dr.Lucy Montgomery
Deputy Director, Knowledge Unlatched
lucy@knowledgeunlatched.org

Celeste Feather
Senior Licensing Program Account Manager, LYRASIS
celeste.feather@lyrasis.org

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pr_icons_0112 February 2014
Knowledge Unlatched given Scottish Funding Council backing

Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the champion of open access for scholarly books, has secured Scottish Funding Council backing to help universities make their knowledge more easily available to the outside world.

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The Funding Council’s money will halve the costs of university libraries participating in a world-wide pilot scheme currently being set up KU.

Paul Hagan, Director of Research and Innovation at the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“Scotland’s universities have an enviable reputation for the quality of both their teaching and their research. I’m proud that we’re able to invest a project that will extend the benefits of this beyond university campuses and into the lives of more people.”

Frances Pinter, Executive Director of KU, added:

“I’m delighted with the support of the Scottish Funding Council. By working together we can find new ways of making university library budgets going further and providing wider access to content.”

The Funding Council’s support is available to all universities in Scotland encouraging them to be amongst the first 200 university libraries in the world whose participation in Knowledge Unlatched will start to unlock a wealth of academic publishing to new audiences.

Notes to editors:

1. Information on how universities in Scotland can become involved in the KU pilot is available at: http://www.jisccollections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Agreements/OneOffAgreements/1704

2. The deadline for signing up is 28 February 2014.

3. The Scottish Funding Council SFC’s funding contributes towards the costs of learning and teaching, skills development, research, innovation and other costs such as staff, buildings and equipment in Scotland’s 19 universities and 26 colleges.

4. Jisc Collections supports the procurement of digital content for education and research in the UK. Jisc Collections is managing the pledging process of the KU Pilot for UK participants.

5. Knowledge Unlatched is committed to changing the current business model for publishing to one with libraries sharing the costs of scholarly books.

6. Knowledge Unlatched believes that by working together libraries and publishers can create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books and secure long-term cost savings for their own institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons licence.

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pr_icons_015 February 2014
Knowledge Unlatched Pilot is given Department for Employment and Learning backing

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is pleased to announce that the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) has agreed to make a grant of up to £550 to universities in Northern Ireland who participate in the KU Pilot.

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This grant contribution will be used to reduce the participation fee paid by university libraries in Northern Ireland by 50%.

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “We are pleased to support this new and timely model. It is essential that the Department supports innovation in scholarly communication as part of our wider aim to maximise the dissemination of publicly funded research. This project is a good example of how we might move forward to sustainable academic publishing and open access.”

The financial backing from DEL will enable university libraries in Northern Ireland to secure the benefits of participating in the KU Pilot. Full details of how to pledge can be viewed on the Jisc Collections website where universities are invited to sign up.

Frances Pinter, Executive Director of KU, added: “We’re delighted to see this support coming from Northern Ireland with DELNI enabling university libraries to participate in facilitating open access for books.”

This grant will be available to higher education institutions in Northern Ireland who sign up to the KU Pilot Collection. The deadline for signing up is 28 February 2014.

Notes to editors:

1. The Department for Employment and Learning aims to promote learning and skills, to prepare people for work and to support the economy. Further information on Department and its programmes can be found at: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/skills-to-succeed or http://www.delni.gov.uk/

2. Jisc Collections supports the procurement of digital content for education and research in the UK. Jisc is managing the pledging process of the KU Pilot for UK participants.

3. Knowledge Unlatched is committed to changing the current business model for publishing to one with libraries sharing the costs of scholarly books. Knowledge Unlatched believes that by working together libraries and publishers can create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books and secure long-term cost savings for their own institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons licence.

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pr_icons_019 January 2014
Knowledge Unlatched to preserve e-books with Portico

Knowledge Unlatched and Portico have entered into an agreement to preserve Knowledge Unlatched’s Pilot Collection of Open Access e-books in the Portico Archive.

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“Portico is excited to partner with Knowledge Unlatched for its Pilot,” stated Kate Wittenberg, Managing Director, Portico. “I am pleased that preservation is a critical part of this initiative and that we are able to provide an important service.”

The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press.

“We want to assure libraries that this content will be available to researchers and students for the long term,” stated Frances Pinter, Executive Director, Knowledge Unlatched. “To that end, we are delighted to offer preservation of these books in Portico.”

The deadline for signing up to the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection is 28 February 2014.

About
Portico is a digital preservation service for electronic journals, books, and digitized historical collections. The Portico archive has been certified as a “trustworthy digital repository” by the Center for Research Libraries. Portico is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.

Knowledge Unlatched is a collaborative, not-for-profit initiative based in London. By working with libraries, publishers, researcher funders, and foundations, Knowledge Unlatched seeks to make scholarly books freely available to readers on an open access license, while retaining the best aspects of the existing publishing system. The initiative enables libraries to work together to reach a sustainable open future for specialist academic books. Our vision is a healthy market that includes free access for end users.

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pr_icons_0112 December 2013
Knowledge Unlatched Pilot given HEFCE backing

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is pleased to announce that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has agreed to make a grant of up to £550 to universities in England that participate in the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot.

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This grant contribution will be used to reduce the participation fee paid by university libraries in England by 50%.

David Sweeney, HEFCE’s Director for Research, Innovation and Skills, said:
“I’m delighted to be able to support this exciting new model. We believe that the Pilot will play a vital part in helping to find solutions to the growing difficulties of publishing academic books in the humanities and social sciences. The lessons that we learn from this Pilot will be of prime importance in testing the readiness of the scholarly book publishing world to support the Open Access agenda.”

The financial backing of up to £50,000 from HEFCE will enable libraries in England to secure the benefits of participating in the KU Pilot. The grant will be administered by Jisc Collections. Full details of how to pledge can be viewed on the Jisc Collections website.

Frances Pinter, Executive Director of KU, added:
“The HEFCE grant is a major contribution to helping explore new ways of reaching Open Access for books through cooperation between libraries and publishers that will decrease costs to institutions while at the same time bring all the benefits of open access to the world.”

This grant will be available to higher education institutions in England who sign up to the KU Pilot Collection. The deadline for signing up is 31 January 2014.

About
The Higher Education Funding Council for England promotes and funds high quality, cost-effective teaching and research, meeting the diverse needs of students, the economy and society. For more information on HEFCE’s Monographs and Open Access project, see: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/whatwedo/rsrch/rinfrastruct/oa/monographs/.

Jisc Collections supports the procurement of digital content for education and research in the UK. Jisc is managing the pledging process of the KU Pilot for UK participants.

Knowledge Unlatched is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) registered in England and operating worldwide. It is dedicated towards contributing solutions that work for both publishers and libraries to sustain Open Access for scholarly books.

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pr_icons_0105 December 2013
Wellcome Library pledges support for Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched is excited to announce that the Wellcome Library has pledged its support for Knowledge Unlatched by signing up for the Pilot Collection.

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Zina Sabovic, Head of Collection Management at the Wellcome Library, said: “The Wellcome Library supports access to published research in all its forms. Working with other libraries through Knowledge Unlatched will help us achieve this aim and will complement our own Open Access initiatives aimed at Wellcome Library users. We are therefore delighted to pledge our support for Knowledge Unlatched.”

By participating in the KU Pilot, the Wellcome Library will join other libraries and publishers in collaborating towards a sustainable open future for scholarly books.

Frances Pinter, Executive Director of Knowledge Unlatched, added: “We’re thrilled that the Wellcome Library has chosen to participate in the KU Pilot project. It demonstrates support for experimenting with a number of routes to Open Access and the Knowledge Unlatched vision of a sustainable approach to unlatching monographs.”

Libraries can sign up to the KU Pilot Collection until 31 January 2014 at http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org.

About
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests.

Knowledge Unlatched is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) registered in England and operating worldwide. It is dedicated towards contributing solutions that work for both publishers and libraries to sustain Open Access for scholarly books.

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pr_icons_0104 December 2013
Knowledge Unlatched Preserves with the CLOCKSS Archive

Knowledge Unlatched is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the CLOCKSS Archive to preserve the Open Access version of Knowledge Unlatched books in CLOCKSS’s geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a “trigger event” and ensures an author’s work will be maximally accessible and useful over time.

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Knowledge Unlatched’s Executive Director, Frances Pinter, said, “We seek to reassure libraries around the world that the books that they are facilitating to be made available on an Open Access licence will remain accessible in perpetuity. In partnering with CLOCKSS we are securing the content’s future.”

CLOCKSS Executive Director Randy S. Kiefer adds, “By archiving with CLOCKSS, Knowledge Unlatched has ensured that the scholarship in their collection of eBooks will be available for a worldwide audience now and in the future in a manner that secures them for the long-term good of scholars.”

About:

CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world’s leading academic publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community.

Knowledge Unlatched is committed to changing the current business model for publishing to one with libraries sharing the costs of scholarly books. Knowledge Unlatched believes that by working together libraries and publishers can create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books and secure long-term cost savings for their own institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons licence.
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pr_icons_0105 October 2013
Knowledge Unlatched Announces the Launch of its Pilot Collection

Knowledge Unlatched is delighted to announce the launch of its Pilot Collection.

The Pilot is the first step in creating a sustainable route to open access for large numbers of scholarly books.

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If at least 200 libraries from around the world sign up for the collection by 31 January 2014, 28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an Open Access basis.

The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press.

The collection can be viewed at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-participate-1/

Knowledge Unlatched is inviting libraries to pledge a capped maximum of US$1,680 to ‘unlatch’ the collection. This works out to an average of US$60 for each book.

Libraries can pledge their interest at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/

Pledging will remain open until 31 January 2014.

If more than 200 libraries sign up for the collection, the amount paid by each library will be adjusted down. For example, if 300 libraries sign up the average for each book becomes just US$40.

The Knowledge Unlatched model is based on libraries from around the world sharing the payment of a single ‘Title Fee’ to publishers, in return for books being made available as a fully downloadable PDF via OAPEN on a CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-NC-ND license immediately upon publication. Because the Title Fee is a fixed amount, as more libraries participate, the per-library cost of ‘unlatching’ each title declines.

Publishers have agreed to recognise additional format purchases by participating libraries as a contribution towards the cost of unlatching the Collection.

Libraries that participate in the pilot will receive a Knowledge Unlatched membership fee waiver until January 2016, usage data on the collection, and will have the right to participate in Knowledge Unlatched governance through a Collections Committee and a Library Steering Committee.

Knowledge Unlatched is also planning to establish a joint forum that brings together libraries and publishers in early 2014.

For further details contact Lucy Montgomery: lucy@knowledgeunlatched.org

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