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[BOAI] Anniversary of the BOAI, launch of the BOAI Forum

From: Peter Suber <peters AT>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 11:01:20 -0500

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Dear Supporters of the Budapest Open Access Initiative,

The BOAI launched one year ago today, February 14, 2002.  Since then we've 
announced several new BOAI activities and funding programs.  Today we're 
launching the BOAI Forum, which will greatly facilitate our ability to make 
future announcements and to collect the open-access wisdom of the worldwide 
network of BOAI supporters.

Here are some details on the Forum as well as a summary of our first year's 


(1) The BOAI Forum

We're very pleased to announce the launch of this Forum.  We'll use it to 
spread BOAI news quickly and efficiently to those who most care to hear 
about it.  For example, we'll use it to announce new BOAI funding programs 
and publications.  We hope you'll use it to share news, details, and tips 
about your own open-access projects.  Over time this will allow us to 
collect the hard-won experience of our subscribers in advancing the cause 
of open-access research literature in all fields of science and scholarship.

To protect you against unwanted email, we did *not* automatically subscribe 
you or other signatories to the new Forum.  To subscribe to the forum, 
simply fill in your email address on this page, 
<>.  If you want to 
unsubscribe later, just use the same form.

We expect this to be a low-traffic list, perhaps after an initial flurry of 

Subscriptions will be limited to those who have signed the BOAI public 
statement.  We'll soon have an archive of past postings which will be 
readable by non-subscribers.

In the future we'll send BOAI announcements to the Forum subscribers, not 
to the BOAI signatories.  So to stay up to date with the initiative you 
once supported with your signature, please subscribe to the Forum.


(2) How can you celebrate the birthday of the BOAI?

* Subscribe to the BOAI Forum.  (Remember that it's not automatic.)

* Spread the word about the BOAI.  Ask your colleagues and institution to sign.

* Talk to colleagues about the open-access projects, or impediments, in 
your institution or discipline.  Write about them.  Applaud the progress, 
identify the obstacles, answer the skeptics, and educate the next 
generation of researchers.

* If you are participating in an open-access project, send the details to 
the BOAI Forum.  If you need advice, ask the knowledgeable subscribers of 
the BOAI Forum.

* If you're not currently participating in an open-access project, consider 
joining or starting one.  Remember that the BOAI is not just a public 
statement, now one year old.  It's a continuing initiative trying to enlist 
the assistance and participation of its signatories and trying to recruit 
new signatories willing to help.  Launch an open-access eprint archive at 
your institution.  Help launch an open-access journal or convert a 
traditional journal.  Archive your own papers, persuade your colleagues to 
do the same, and persuade your institution to adopt a policy to encourage 
it.  If you're looking for other ideas, look at the BOAI list of ways to 
advance the cause.


(3) Projects supported by the Open Society Institute's Open Access Program 
in Year One

As you know, the Open Society Institute has allocated $3 million to support 
specific BOAI-related projects.  Here's a quick review of some of the 
projects receiving funds in the first year of the initiative.

1.  Development of open access business guides.  The SPARC Consulting Group 
has developed a Guide to Business Planning for Converting a 
Subscription-based Journal to Open Access, and a Guide to Business Planning 
for Launching a New Open Access Journal.
For additional details, please see the recent press release:

2.  Directory of open access journals will be produced and maintained by 
the Lund University Library.
For additional details, please see today's press release:

3.  Pilot project to support authors from the OSI region to publish 
articles in open access journals.  40 open access journals are taking part 
in the pilot support scheme.  The program will be continued in 2003.

4.  Pilot project to support BioMed Central (BMC) Institutional 
Memberships, which will allow authors from institutions to publish articles 
in BMC free of charge. Institutions within the OSI region can apply to OSI 
for support.  A total of 50 grants to institutions will be made through 
this program.  12 institutions already received grants in 2002.

5.  Workshop to discuss open access journals with learned society 
publishers.  OSI sponsored a workshop for the members of the UK-based 
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) in 
September 2002.

6.  Conference of the Academies of Sciences to introduce the benefits of 
open access publishing.  The conference was held in Budapest from 16-18 
January, 2003.  24 Academies from the former Soviet Union, Central and 
Eastern Europe, and China participated.

7.  Support speakers and selected participants to attend international 
conferences to spread awareness of the benefits of open access.  OSI has 
supported the attendance of speakers at various international conferences 
including:  the 2nd Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative, held at CERN 
(; and the First Nordic Conference 
on Scholarly Communications (

8.  Development of the Academic Contributor Information System (ACIS), 
which will create a relational dataset between authors and their 
publications and institutions.  This information will assist in building 
awareness of the benefits of institutional repositories.  OSI is 
collaborating with the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at 
Long Island University on this project.

9.  Free Online Scholarship newsletter, written by Peter Suber, was 
supported from October 2001-August 2002.

10.  User's manual for Eprints2, an Open Archives Initiative compliant 
software, will be developed.  The manual will assist in the development of 
institutional repositories.

      I hope to hear from you through the BOAI Forum.
      Best wishes,

      Peter Suber
      Moderator, BOAI Forum

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