The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication
from 4-8 September 2023
CORE, The Open University
Dr Petr Knoth leads the Big Scientific Data and Text Analytics group (BSDTAG) at the Knowledge Media institute, The Open University in the UK. He is the founder and Head of CORE (core.ac.uk), a service with over 20 million monthly active users providing access to the world’s largest collection of full text open access research papers aggregated from data providers around the world. Petr has a deep interest in the use of AI to improve research workflows and is a relentless advocate of open science. He has led the team developing the fosteropenscience.eu e-learning platform which has become widely used for training European researchers. Petr has also been involved as a researcher and as a PI in over 20 European Commission, national and international funded research projects in the areas of data science, text-mining, open science and technology enhanced learning and has over 80 peer-reviewed publications based on this work.
CORE is one of the largest indexing services for open access research papers from repositories and journals. It is a not-for-profit service dedicated to the open access mission and the Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI). With over 11,000 data providers, it has supported open research for over ten years, as well as assisting institutions to comply with funders’ requirements for open availability of funded content. From September 2023 CORE will no longer be funded by Jisc, but will move to a membership model, with its data providing members being able to influence CORE's development roadmap. As we all know, research funding is typically for a limited duration and susceptible to termination at any moment. A Membership model brings several sustainability benefits, including increased income diversity as well as an opportunity for a more direct interaction between the CORE service and its members. Our vision is for CORE to remain not-for-profit and to continue to provide free access for the vast majority of its users. We have therefore designed a three-tier membership model with the lowest tier being completely free and the two other tiers delivering extra benefits in the form of guaranteed technical support and tools for open access compliance checking with funders. In this talk, I will present the challenges as well as opportunities in transitioning to a membership model for a large OA infrastructure service that aims to stay committed to the POSI values.
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