Need to know on understanding open access

Green and grey OA look the same? COKI can help

The naming convention for open access is to use colours, gems and metals, with no standard distinguishing descriptors – which makes it hard to distinguish the charges that will make publisher an obscene amount of money from those where the sum is just vulgar.

Which is where the excellent Curtin U Open Knowledge Initiative comes in and comes in again.

First up COKI created new category names for types of OA, without preferencing publishers over repositories.

Second, it built a dashboard that sets out OA stats for hundreds of countries and thousands of institutions.

“By providing timely, transparent, and useful information on open access performance we aim to support advocates in making the case for change, to provide data for decision makers, and to change our shared ideas of what makes a good university,” a COKI team writes.