|G.W. Brian Owen|
Associate University Librarian, Processing and Systems
Simon Fraser University
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is an ongoing collaboration between academics, librarians, publishers, editors, and software developers, working together to build alternatives in scholarly publishing. It operates through a partnership among the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library, the School of Education at Stanford University, and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University.
The project has developed an open source software suite that significantly reduces the time and expense required for producing academic journals and conferences, and facilitates making research results freely available through open access. The PKP’s suite of software includes four separate but inter-related applications, including the Open Journal Systems (OJS), the Open Conference Systems (OCS), the PKP Metadata Harvester, and Lemon8-XML. In the summer of 2007, PKP identified over 1000 journals using OJS, more than 100 conferences using OCS, at least 10 organizations using the Harvester, and 827 members on the support forum.
The project briefing will include a brief history of the PKP, an overview of the software modules, development plans and collaborations.
Handout (MS Word)