The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) is pleased to announce the formation of the Open Access Agreements and Licenses Task Force. The Task Force, which brings together members from the open access and content licensing communities, aims to review and assess the growing number of open access agreements being implemented between publishers and research institutions.
As the momentum for open access grows, publishers and libraries are developing new mechanisms to support open access. “In this rapidly evolving environment, it can be challenging to keep up with the range of open access agreements available”, says Kathleen Shearer, Canadian Association of Research Libraries and Chair of the Task Force. “We hope that this Task Force will help the scholarly community gain a better understanding of the current landscape and assist them in making the best choices when considering entering into open access agreements with publishers.”
The Task Force aims to have preliminary recommendations available for October 2012. More information about the Task Force is available on the COAR website: http://www.coar-repositories.org/working-groups/licenses-task-force/