OAPEN-UK prize draw winners announced

First, let me start by thanking everyone that completed the OAPEN-UK researcher survey. We are extremely pleased to have received so many responses and very grateful to you for giving up your time to help inform our research.

Although we had to discount some responses, we ended up with 690 usable responses with around 80% coming from researchers based here in the UK.

We are presenting the results of the survey to our steering group at the end of June 2012 and will then make the results live on the website.

In the meantime, we can announce the lucky winners of the prize draw. We had nine prizes available – three £100 vouchers, three £50 vouchers and three £25 vouchers. Members of the JISC Collections Electronic Information Resources Working Group were tasked with randomly picking numbers from the 610 respondents that provided an email address. The first three picked receive the £100 vouchers and so on.

And the winners are…

£100 voucher

1. Susanne Greenhalgh, Principal Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Roehampton
2. Cecile De Cat, Senior Lecturer and Director of Linguistics & Phonetics, University of Leeds
3. Anne James, PhD candidate, History, University of Sheffield

£50 voucher

4. Umut Korkut, Lecturer of Economic Studies and International Business, Caledonian Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University [Umut very politely asked me to promote his new book Liberalization Challenges in Hungary: Elitism, Progressivism and Populism although it is not available in open access (something to consider next time Umut!)]
5. Michael Marten, Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Religions, University of Stirling
6. Caroline Jones, Assistant Professor / Lecturer, Social Work and Social Policy, University of Salford

£25 voucher

7. Katie Collins, Senior Research Fellow, Bristol Business School, University of West of England
8. Jill Llewellyn-Williams, Deputy Director of Continuing Professional Development Framework, Pathway Leader for BA Secondary Education French Pathway, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
9. Marina Micke, PhD Candidate, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, The University of Manchester

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you again to everyone.

OAPEN-UK sharing findings

We have been out and about at events presenting some of the initial findings from the research programme. You can view presentations and see what events are coming up on our events page.

The most recent event was the 16th International Conference on Electronic Publishing 2012 (#elpubconf) held in Guimarães, Portugal. The conference was quite small but with excellent papers all of which are available in the conference proceedings: Social Shaping of Digital Publishing: Exploring the Interplay Between Culture and Technology – Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Electronic Publishing or in open access in the Elpub Digtial Library. I was extremely pleased to have heard Kathleen Fitzpatrick talk about her work and her book Planned Obsolescence which I am currently reading. I think this should be compulsory reading for everyone! There were many other fascinating presentations covering open access, monographs, ebook design and I presented on the findings from the focus groups and the benchmarking survey and the full paper (written with Ellen Collins and Graham Stone) is available online.

At the very start of June, was the Repository Support Project event on scholarly communications and new developments in open access. This was a fantastic event and a perfect opportunity for me to discuss some of the issues and challenges we are facing in terms of integrating open access scholarly monographs into institutional repositories. There are a number of blog posts and write ups from the event and the twitter tag is #rspevent.

Over the coming months, we are presenting at a number of conferences in Europe including LIBER and COASPA. Sharing and discussing the project at an international level is really important – we hope to find common solutions and develop new tools and standards through shared effort.

We hope to see you at some of the events and if you are unable to join us, please do follow @oapenuk #oapenuk on twitter to stay up to date.

OAPEN-UK literature review

Interested in the open access books landscape? Ellen Collins, my project partner, has undertaken an initial review of the literature available.

I would really recommend that anyone interested or undertaking research or work in the area of open access books, especially monographs, read the review. Of course, even as Ellen finished the review, a number of new articles, news items and policy revisions were released – so this is version 1 and we will update it as we progress through the project.

To help keep up to date on all new information and literature, we are tagging everything of interest in our OAPEN-UK Diigo Group. Anyone can join the group or set up an RSS feed to get updates every time we tag something of interest.