CRKN is pleased to announce that, with support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, eleven CRKN member institutions will be receiving a small grant to facilitate their participation in the Knowledge Unlatched project. The purpose of this funding is to encourage Canadian institutions to contribute to this global project aimed at finding a new model to support open access publishing for monographs.
The Knowledge Unlatched model depends on many libraries sharing the payment of a single “Title Fee” (the basic costs associated with publishing a book) to a publisher, in return for the book being made available with a Creative Commons licence via OAPEN and HathiTrust as a fully downloadable PDF. As more libraries participate in the project, the per-library cost of ‘unlatching’ each title declines, resulting in an open access funding model for monographs where libraries work together to the benefit of the whole community.
Pledges for Knowledge Unlatched are being accepted until February 28, 2016. To participate or learn more about the project please visit http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org.