OATbyCO: Open Access Transformation by Cooperation

Brief description

The ULB Darmstadt is collaborating with the Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft (wbg) to develop a generally reusable workflow based on XML/TEI. It is intended for the simple, low-cost preparation of both new manuscripts submitted digitally as well as older existing electronic or analogue works for open access publication.

To this end, existing open-source tools will be developed further and, where necessary, modified or re-programmed. The technical objective is to produce an easy-to-use software package which enables even small publishers to create Open Access publications while placing only minimal demands on infrastructure.

The wbg is putting together a viable business model which shifts the focus from conventional print publishing to quality assurance and editing. On the basis of processing fees, it will be possible for authors to produce easily reusable OA publications while at the same time minimising costs. Optional packages will allow the creation of publications to be adapted to the wishes and circumstances of the contributors.

A combination of low costs paired with continuing high publication standards is intended to boost acceptance of OA publishing.

Project status

ongoing, 1.2.2021 bis 31.1.2023

Cooperation partners

Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft