Also this year, openCost will be present at various conferences and congresses to introduce the project and to present and discuss new project results. The openCost team is looking forward to a lively exchange with the community.

openCost at the 111th BiblioCon2023 in Hannover

In the lecture, the background and focus of “openCost” will be explained and the current project status will be presented. The focus is on the presentation of a metadata schema with which the costs of scientific publishing can be comprehensively recorded, queried and exchanged in a structured form. This XML schema was developed by the project partners in a first stage and further developed with the involvement of the OA community in order to cover as many use cases as possible and at the same time to ensure practicality. The scheme is compatible with the reporting requirements of the DFG program “Open Access Publication Costs”, but follows a more generic approach in order to be usable in an international context and beyond the program duration. First use cases will be presented and serve as a basis for further discussions.

Target group: Academic libraries; libraries participating in the DFG program “Open Access Publication Costs”

openCost at the Austrian Library Congress

The presentation will first outline the initial situation and then introduce the openCost project and its contents. The openCost team will present the first project results, which were developed in various events with the involvement of (inter)national expertise. For example, at the international workshop “openCost: the road to publication cost transparency”. The results of this workshop were the starting point for the further development and fine-tuning of a draft for a metadata schema with which all publication costs of a scientific institution can be recorded, queried and mapped in a structured form. This will be presented in a further lecture and discussed with the audience.

In the course of the lecture the developed metadata schema will be presented. Thereby, the selection of the individual fields and the thoughts as well as the discussion, which led to the fields, will be dealt with in depth. The resulting XML representation will be presented as well as the first implementation of the inclusion of the metadata in an institutional repository, the pricing of individual publications from transformation contracts and the XML output will be shown.

openCost auf der OR2023

The first part of the talk will introduce the openCost XML schema and show how partner institutions use it to enrich their repositories with publication cost data. Through OAI-PMH, these publication costs are currently collected directly by OpenAPC, a service of Bielefeld University Library that collects and disseminates records about charges for open access publications under an open database license. In the second part of the presentation, this process will be introduced and first results will be presented.

Audience: The likely audience are repository managers or librarians who are interested in the open access transformation and publication cost management.