EKT and the Public Knowledge Project Announce Strategic Partnership
PKP is pleased to announce the establishment of a new strategic partnership with the National Documentation Centre (EKT) of Greece. EKT has been a major adopter and advocate for PKP’s Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP) both in Greece and throughout Europe.
EKT has provided code contributions and Greek language translations for OJS over the past several years. More recently they have participated in the Hirmeos project (High Integration of Research Monographs in the European Open Science infrastructure) with OMP being one of the five monograph publishing platforms being used. They are also one of the international nodes participating in the PKP Preservation Network. The formal relationship not only acknowledges these recent collaborations but will also provide a foundation for new initiatives going forward.
Brian Owen, PKP’s Managing Director said, “EKT has been a stalwart supporter and user of PKP’s software and is a great example of capacity building not just nationally but also regionally. PKP is excited to work with EKT/NHRF on initiatives that will improve scholarly communication and further open access.”
Evi Sachini, EKT’s Director said: “Τhis strategic partnership is an acknowledgment of our fruitful longlasting collaboration with PKP and opens up new opportunities in our common goal to furthering Open Science. Strengthening our ties with PKP will enable us to support open scholarly communication with the most advanced technology”.
EKT’s mission is to collect, document, manage, disseminate and preserve quality digital content and data produced by the Greek scientific, research and cultural communities. In support of research and technology, EKT provide infrastructures and services for the use and dissemination of Greek scientific and cultural digital content, placing emphasis on open availability and the reuse of content. They collect and analyse primary and secondary data on research, development and innovation in Greece; and also play a key role in connecting academic, research and cultural bodies with innovative businesses to support technology transfer. More information about EKT is available at: http://www.ekt.gr/en
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. Open Journal Systems (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. More information about PKP and its software and services is available at http://pkp.sfu.ca.