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Thursday, May 20 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The OA Switchboard: How a simple, collaborative solution tackles multiple use cases for funders, institutions and publishers, strategically and practically

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Open Access (OA) output is growing year-on-year and there is widespread belief that research will function better if results are made openly available to the community.

Managing the increasingly complex network of agreements between publishers and institutions, along with the rise in number of policies associated with open access publications by academic institutions and funders poses a serious implementation challenge. As consequence, policies are not always effectively implemented and agreements not realised to the full.

This complexity, and the current administrative burden on institutions, funders and publishers, has also hindered progress in developing new business models to support a broader move to OA. From a researchers perspective, this landscape is at best confusing, and at worst impenetrable.
For a breakthrough in the transformation of the market such that OA is supported as the predominant model of publication, a joint challenge has to be addressed: the complexity around the implementation of multi-lateral OA publication-level arrangements.

The OA Switchboard contributes to the solution as a neutral, independent intermediary,
providing shared infrastructure, standards and back office services for funders, institutions and publishers. It is a tool that can be called when needed, or integrated in stakeholders’ own systems and workflows to achieve automation and scalability, as it facilitates interoperability with other systems in the OA workflow.

Following a successful 2020 project, overseen by OASPA, the OA Switchboard moved to the operational stage as of 1 January 2021, and is now run from the newly founded Stichting OA Switchboard. This structural governance and funding model ensures a not-for-profit, collectively controlled collaboration between funders, institutions and publishers, whereby neutrality and independence are preserved by legal structure, governance and articles of incorporation.

2021/2022 is regarded as a ‘launch phase’ to achieve wide adoption and widespread usage, to allow time for (technical) integration and implementation, and to further develop and improve the OA Switchboard. As we speak, participating publishers, research institutions and funders, sometimes joined by partners who provide specific systems or solutions for them, are defining use cases between them to get started with. This shows how this simple solution can be used to tackle multiple use cases. These early adopters, launching customers and founding partners meet regularly to discuss strategic, as well as (shared) implementation topics.

In this 45 minutes session at the NASIG 2021 conference, we want to share these conversations and engage a wider community. This is the agenda:

Context & Setting – Yvonne Campfens
Funder challenges & 2021 use case
Library/institution challenges & 2021 use case - Liz Ball and Jennifer Sanchez-Davies (Jisc)
Publisher challenges & 2021 use case - Alex Howat (Microbiology Society)
OA Switchboard: Reporting Made Easy - Ádám Dér (Max Planck Digital Library)
Q&A and discussion with audience – moderated by Yvonne Campfens


Thursday May 20, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom Room #3