PKP Announces University of Alberta Libraries as Major Development Partner
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to announce that the University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) have entered into a major development partnership with PKP, furthering a commitment to the development of scholarly communication software. As a result of this agreement, UAL will provide significant financial and in-kind support to assist with PKP’s ongoing development and support of its open source software suite – Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), Open Conference Systems (OCS), and Open Harvester System (OHS).
Brian Owen, Associate University Librarian at Simon Fraser University Library and PKP’s Managing Director stated: “The University of Alberta Libraries are a real powerhouse with their contributions to a wide variety of open source projects in the library community both in Canada and elsewhere. PKP is looking forward to working closely with UAL staff on a number of initiatives.”
“We are excited to take the relationship between PKP and UAL to the next level. Leveraging our shared knowledge to improve open source publishing environments is an opportunity too great not to take advantage of it” commented Geoff Harder, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives at the University of Alberta Libraries.
UAL will be working with PKP on the following areas in the coming years: UI/UX review and testing for the all new version of OJS 3.0; specific software enhancements such as DOI support; OJS journal hosting deployment strategies; and article level metrics.
“This partnership creates a wonderful opportunity for PKP to tap into UAL’s leadership in library systems and scholarly communication,” said John Willinsky, PKP’s founding director and Stanford professor, “with benefits for the larger academic community and the public, as well, through the expansion of open access.”
“PKP’s mission and global reach aligns perfectly with UAL’s own commitment to the creation of an open, sustainable and responsive environment for scholarly communications” added Gerald Beasley, Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian.
About the University of Alberta Libraries
The University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) is Canada’s second largest research library, with a print and electronic collection exceeding 4.7 million titles and over 8.7 million volumes. UAL is a leader in supporting open access publishing and in 2015 announced it would provide journal hosting at no charge to any Canadian scholarly journal that had adopted an open access publishing model. UAL is also strongly committed to supporting initiatives it believes will have a transformative impact for academic libraries and how they will build their collections and deliver services in the 21st century. In early 2016, UAL became a full Hydra partner — a collaborative open source project providing repository software for academic libraries. For more information about UAL visit http://www.library.ualberta.ca
The Public Knowledge Project was established in 1998 at the University of British Columbia. Since that time PKP has expanded and evolved into an international and virtual operation with two institutional anchors at Stanford University and Simon Fraser University Library. OJS is open source software made freely available to journals worldwide for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals, as open access can increase a journal’s readership as well as its contribution to the public good on a global scale. In 2015, over 8600 journals around the world were using OJS software. More information about PKP and its software and services is available at http://pkp.sfu.ca.