Today, the MIT Press is issuing a new research report, Mind the Gap: A Landscape Analysis of Open Source Publishing Tools and Platforms. It provides an inventory of some 52 ongoing open source publishing initiatives and a thoughtful analysis of the open source community in publishing — tracking its development without shying away from its struggles.
Several of the foremost enterprises in open source recently joined forces with a group of universities that direct funding to support open source, to call for greater resources to be invested in support. This Invest in Open Infrastructure initiative, though nascent, may be the best hope to date of some kind of common collective action in support of open infrastructure. Today, we interview one of its leaders, Dan Whaley.
Green open access, and in particular the role of institutional repositories in serving up preprints and other journal article artifacts, is going through some substantial transitions. Yesterday, news broke that DuraSpace and Lyrasis are merging. An important development for institutional repositories and related library systems, this is also yet another example of organizational consolidation among membership organizations in the library community in particular. Roger Schonfeld analyzes the merger.
Preservation is an imperative for our community, yet the Digital Preservation Network is disbanding. What lessons can we learn from its struggle?
A not-for-profit library collaborative, the Digital Public Library of America, laid off six members of its small team and is announcing a strategic pivot. What are some of the broader lessons that we can learn about innovation and collaboration in the scholarly communications sector?
This week, CLOCKSS has announced its new Succession Plan, a key component of its preservation strategy. Today, Roger Schonfeld interviews CLOCKSS executive director Craig van Dyck about the announcement and other digital preservation issues.