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Tuesday, July 31 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
MT08 How Much Does Open Access Cost? A Hands-on Approach to Tracking and Analyzing Article

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MT8 How Much Does Open Access Cost? A Hands-on Approach to Tracking and Analyzing Article Processing Charges
Course Chairs: Katie Shamash, Scholarly Communications Analyst, Jisc, London
Instructor: Katie Shamash, Scholarly Communications Analyst, Jisc, London

Description: As Open Access grows, so do its costs. Article processing charges (APCs) are becoming an increasingly large part of many libraries’ already tightly squeezed budgets. Membership schemes and prepayment agreements are touted as a solution to rising costs, but these schemes can have the drawback of making payments both more difficult to manage and less transparent to report.
Despite these challenges, initiatives have sprung up internationally to collect standardized, open data on the costs of Open Access in order to make the market transparent, to the benefit of all. Data on APCs allows negotiating bodies to negotiate better, fairer deals with publishers on behalf of libraries. It allows publishers to set APC pricing in a way that accurately reflects the market’s willingness to pay. It allows libraries to manage costs and set targets, and to compare themselves with their peers. It allows funders and Open Access advocates to track the growth of Open Access and model strategies to increase uptake in a sustainable way.
This workshop will introduce ways to track Open Access costs. Participants will be asked to talk about which data on Open Access costs they currently track and which they would like to have, and what the barriers are to collecting these. The presenter will then take the students through one possible data collecting workflow, including a brief introduction to cleaning messy data in the free open-source tool OpenRefine. Students will also be introduced to the basics of how an application programming interface (API) can allow them to enrich their data using external sources such as Crossref or Directory of Open Access Journals.
In the second half of the class, participants will learn about the most recent findings and trends in the costs of Open Access. Participants will be given a set of cleaned APC data to analyze and draw their own conclusions from, with help from the instructor. At the end of the class, they will present their findings.
By the end of this workshop, participants will:
Have identified methods of collecting APC data and be aware of possible pain points.
Have identified external sources of data that can be used to enrich internal data.
Have used OpenRefine to clean messy, hand-entered data.
Have used an API to enrich data using external sources.
Understand trends in APC data.
Be able to identify open sources of APC data.
Have worked with open APC data and presented their conclusions.

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Katie Shamash

Scholarly Communications Analyst, Jisc, London
I work with data in order to improve open access and scholarly communication. I work with stakeholders in the UK and abroad to standardise data and increase transparency. I gather data from a range of sources, analyse it in a reproducible way, and present the research to inform decisions... Read More →


Tuesday July 31, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm
MET:204

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