PKP Welcomes First European Development Partner, TIB

February 16th, 2021 by  | Comments Off on PKP Welcomes First European Development Partner, TIB


The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to introduce Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), PKP’s newest Development Partner. 

A new Cooperation Agreement welcomes PKP’s first Development Partner outside of North America. In addition to providing significant in-kind and financial contributions towards PKP’s development of open source scholarly publishing software, TIB will serve as a member of PKP’s most senior community-based group, the PKP Advisory Committee. It will be joining Simon Fraser University, Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Pittsburgh, and the Ontario Council of University Libraries. The PKP Advisory Committee provides:

  • Guidance and advice on PKP’s evolving governance and organizational structure;
  • Input on general strategic direction and priorities for PKP software development and related activities; and
  • Review of PKP’s financial reports and advice on ongoing sustainability.

As a Development Partner, TIB will also provide a combination of financial and in-kind resources to support the following key initiatives:

  • Software development to support access to conference/grey literature
  • Software development to support persistent identifiers and open metrics
  • Related software testing and documentation
  • Joint research and development funding
  • Community development

“TIB is actively involved in shaping the transition to open access. Through our partnership with PKP, we will collaborate with a major driver of this development and with the growing PKP community,” said Dr. Irina Sens, Deputy Director of TIB.  “We are committed to bringing our expertise and strengths to this collaboration. Our common goal is to create sustainable and innovative tools for open access. We are grateful that PKP is a strong proponent of free software, and we will contribute to the further development work. Our OJS-based services will benefit from working closely together,” added Marco Tullney, TIB’s Head of Publishing Services.

“The opportunity to work closely with TIB on what will be for us a new area of scholarly communication for us is most welcome,“ said John Willinsky, Director of the Public Knowledge Project. “Given TIB’s leadership in increasing access to conference papers, as well as the whole realm of gray literature in science and technology, we are excited to collaborate with the Technische Informationsbibliothek in developing open source software platforms for improving the quality and extent of access to this underserved area of scholarly communication that has so much to contribute to the progress of science and technology for the benefit of all.”

Development Partners play an integral role in improving PKP’s open source software. Simply put, we are better, and stronger, when working together. Each partner brings their own unique experiences and perspectives to PKP, and TIB is no exception. From expertise in grey literature, video data, and European privacy laws to their innovative services using OJS, TIB proudly brings new innovation to not only their own communities, but now to PKP’s global community as well. 

About TIB

Acting in the capacity of the German National Library of Science and Technology, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library provides academia, research and business with literature and information. Its remit is to preserve recorded knowledge and to provide the latest information, both now and in the future, irrespective of the time and the place. TIB is actively engaged in promoting Open Access. TIB is continuously expanding its role as a German information centre for the digitisation of science and technology. As a research library, it conducts applied research and development in order to generate new services and optimise existing ones. Its key areas of research are in the fields of Data Science & Digital Libraries, non-textual material, Open Knowledge, Open Science and Visual Analytics. With its newest service, TIB Open Publishing, TIB publishes journals and conference proceedings.

About PKP 

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative that develops open source (free) software, provides support services and learning opportunities, and conducts research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. For more than two decades, PKP’s flagship software, Open Journal Systems (OJS), has been making knowledge public. An estimated 10,000 journals worldwide use OJS as their journal management and publishing system. Along with OJS, PKP also develops and maintains Open Monograph Press (OMP) and Open Preprint Systems (OPS).

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