UAL Continues Support for Open Infrastructure

October 30th, 2020 by  | Comments Off on UAL Continues Support for Open Infrastructure

PKP is pleased to announce the University of Alberta Library (UAL) has renewed their commitment as a major Development Partner.  

PKP Development Partners represent the highest level of sustainer contribution, offering both significant in-kind and monetary support towards PKP’s operations. With their renewed support, UAL has committed $15,000/year for three years plus in-kind support towards UI/UX testing, software development, hosting and deployment strategies, and the PKP Preservation Network. UAL will also continue as a member of PKP’s most senior community-based governing bodies including the PKP Advisory Committee and PKP Technical Committee. 

“As a publicly-funded institution, I see no better value for our investment than by partnering with a community that supports a shared goal of making knowledge accessible and barrier-free to the world,” writes Geoff Harder, Associate University Librarian. On why they support PKP, Harder further comments:

“From day one, Open Journal Systems played a critical role in setting a path for growth and success of the University of Alberta Library’s open-access journal publishing program. As a development partner, we are proud to be giving back to a community effort that has helped us so significantly in that journey.” 

Despite budget pressures resulting from significant cuts to the University’s provincial funding in February 2020, and further compounded by the current economic crisis brought on by COVID-19, UAL continues to emphasize its strong commitment to PKP and the development of Open Journal Systems (OJS).

“The University of Alberta Library has long had a strong commitment to open access. Even in a challenging fiscal climate, we remain committed to and focused on strategic investments in the infrastructure and services that are making substantive changes that will lead to a more sensible and sustainable scholarly communication environment. The Public Knowledge Project is a key part of this strategy.” Dale Askey, Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian, UAL

Alongside UAL as development partners are the University of British Columbia, University of Pittsburgh, the Ontario Council of University Libraries, Simon Fraser University, and Stanford University. Each of these institutions have made multi-year in-kind and financial commitments to ensure PKP is able to continue to develop and improve its open source software and enhance the quality and research of scholarly publishing. 

Development partners provide guidance and advice on PKP’s evolving governance and organization structure, provide input on general strategic direction, and support ongoing sustainability. Organizations interested in participating as a PKP Development Partner are invited to contact James MacGregor, PKP Managing Director at jbm9@sfu.ca for more information.

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