Open Access Resources & Tools

A list of useful links to directories, repositories and other OA-realted resources and tools.  

 

Create Change Canada  : http://www.createchangecanada.ca/

Create Change Canada was developed by ARL and SPARC as an educational initiative to explore new developments in scholarly communication with particular interest in digital environments.  

Creative Commons : http://creativecommons.org/

While Creative Commons is not the result of the OA movement, it does complement and share some of the same principles of open access through the exploration of creative control and copyright related issues.  The Creative Commons web site provides the user with a variety of useful resources and tools.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) : http://www.doaj.org/

With over 3000 journal titles and nearly 200,000 articles the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a great place to search for relevant articles and research in a number of disciplines and academic subject areas.  The directory features peer-reviewed articles that are published for free access immediately.

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) : http://www.opendoar.org/

OpenDOAR provides an authoritative list of academic repositories.  OpenDOAR allows the user to choose to search for a repository by subject area or search for specific topics within the collection of repositories.

Open Access Directory (OAD) Wiki : http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Main_Page

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a wiki that compiles all open access related lists together in one place.  Members of the OA community can contribute to the wiki by keeping information posted current.  Some of the useful lists in the OAD include a list of acronyms, a list of OA related blogs and a list of current OA related research.

Open Archives Initiative (OAIster) : http://www.oaister.org/

OAIster operates as a union catalogue of digital resources.  By harvesting the metadata associated with digital resources, OAIster provides the user with access to a variety of materials ranging from texts to audio files to images and more.  A particularly useful tool for media studies related research due to its ability to provide access to a wide variety of materials in various formats.

Open Access News (Peter Suber) : http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/fosblog.html

Featuring the oft-cited "Open Access Overview," this web site provides up-to-date information pertaining to the OA movement.  Users can browse the blog entries on the site, as well as subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

Open Students : http://www.openstudents.org/

Open Students is a blog written by students and for students interested in Open Access publishing.  The blog features news, interviews and other relevant information for the next generation of scholars and researchers.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) :  http://www.arl.org/sparc/

SPARC works with authors, publishers and libraries to facilitate change within the world of scholarly publishing.  Specifically, SPARC seeks to reduce the cost of journals and increase the access to scholarly information and research.  SPARC has a number of useful resources available through its web site for users interested in all aspects of scholarly publishing.

Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access (SHERPA) : http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/

SHERPA is a partnerships of 26 academic and information institutions in the United Kingdom.  SHERPA offers a number of services and resources to the growing OA community including OpenDOAR.  A great place for tracking news in the global OA movement.

 

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