Additional Strategies
Not included in this issue of RLI, but just as important to the scholarly system,
are those strategies to open up content that result from funder mandates and
public policy actions. Many funders mandate that researchers deposit publicly
funded or research institution–funded work in digital repositories as a condition
of receiving the grant. This helps to build the corpus of openly accessible
research information.
All institutions can examine the variety of ways in which content can best be
opened up and made available to the larger community. ARL itself has begun
the process to open up its older publications. Many titles were scanned through
the Google Books Library Project. As a Google Books publishing partner,
bibliographic data for ARL content has been exposed in Google Book Search
and is now being made 100% viewable. ARL also recently used the HathiTrust
permissions agreement to open up one of its own publications and will open
more in the near future.
As content formats and delivery have changed, so have the opportunities
and strategies to increase content availability. This issue of RLI explores just a
few of these means. Research institutions, libraries, and authors can examine
their own circumstances and, working together, identify those strategies that
have the best prospects to open up content that will result in a more open
system of scholarship.
To cite this article: Julia C. Blixrud. “Strategies for Opening Up Content: Laying
the Groundwork for an Open System of Scholarship.” Research Library Issues:
A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC, no. 269 (April 2010): 1–4.
http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/rli/archive/rli269.shtml.
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