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Sunday, June 24 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Session 9: National and regional infrastructure projects

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Coalition Publi.ca: Building a national infrastructure for Canadian scholarly publishing
Authors: Kevin Stranack, SFU Library / Public Knowledge Project; Brian Owen, SFU Library / Public Knowledge Project; Tanja Niemann, Erudit; Émilie Paquin, Erudit
This paper provides an introduction to Coalition Publi.ca, a new joint initiative of two key Canadian-based projects, Erudit and the Public Knowledge Project. Coalition Publi.ca is funded through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation - Major Science Initiative program (2017-2022) in order to build and sustain a national Canadian publishing, dissemination, and research infrastructure that offers services to both the French and English language scholarly publishing communities. We will argue that the development of sustainable open access publishing in Canada requires an open, non-commercial infrastructure, based in the academy and controlled by the academy. The Coalition Publi.ca model is specifically targeted to support humanities and social sciences publications in Canada, but we believe it is applicable to other national or regional jurisdictions.

Open access infrastructure in Greece: current status, challenges and perspectives
Authors: Aspasia Togia, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki; Eleftheria Koseoglou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Sofia Zapounidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Nikolaos Tsigilis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
OA infrastructure is necessary for implementing open access and open science in any country. Open access infrastructures in Greece have been steadily improving over the past years, as more and more stakeholders follow international trends and participate in European networks and projects. The aim of the present paper is to give a description of the Greek OA infrastructure with emphasis on Institutional Repositories and OA journals. Building upon previous literature (Banou & Kostagiolas, 2007; Chantavaridou, 2009; Georgiou & Papadatou, 2010) and relying of data collected from a number of sources, the article presents both quantitative and qualitative information relating to the state-of-the-art of OA in order to identify current trends and future challenges. Data gathered from directories and aggregators were verified to ensure that IRs, OA journals and digital collections are still active. We collected information about specific features, such as the type of content, the metadata schemas in use, the copyright policy and the software in order to give a complete picture of the status of OA infrastructure in Greece.

The end of a centralized Open Access project and the beginning of a community-based sustainable infrastructure for Latin America: Redalyc.org after fifteen years
Authors: Arianna Becerril-García, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico; Eduardo Aguado-López, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico 
The Latin American region has an ecosystem where the nature of publication is conceived as the act of making public, of sharing and not as the publishing industry. International, national and institutional contexts have led to a redefinition of a project –Redalyc.org- that began in 2003 and that has already fulfilled its original mission: give visibility to knowledge generated in Latin America and promote quality of scientific journals. Nevertheless, it is mandatory to be transformed from a Latin American platform based in Mexico into a community-based regional infrastructure that continues assessing journals quality and providing access to full-text in benefit of journals visibility and free access to knowledge. A framework that generates technology in favor of the empowerment and professionalization of journal editors, making the editorial task in open access sustainable and that allows Redalyc to sustain itself collectively. This work describes the first Redalyc's model, presents the problematic in course and the new business model Redalyc is designing and adopting to operate on. 


Peter Linde

Blekinge Institute of Technology

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Arianna Becerril García

IT and Innovation Director at Redalyc, Redalyc / Amelica
A researcher trying to contribute to the democratization of knowledge in the Latin American region through Open Access and Technology. Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web Technologies, Scientific Journals.
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Tanja Niemann

Executive Director, Consortium ERUDIT
Open Access Infrastructure - Journal Publishing - Open Access in Canada
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Emilie Paquin

Director Research & Strategic Development, erudit.org
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Kevin Stranack

Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser University Library (Canada)
Kevin Stranack is the Membership Development & Community Education Coordinator at the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) at Simon Fraser University. Kevin holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Adult Education from the... Read More →
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Aspasia Togia

Senior Lecturer, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki

Sunday June 24, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Room 507, Faculty of Information