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Get Involved in the 2020 project
Consultation and participation

We are very happy you’re interested in participating in the 2020 project. Below are some first topics that we're seeking input on, and areas you can participate in. Please get in touch by e-mail to share your thoughts, and we'll be happy to discuss with you. Your contributions may be made visible on this page.

last updated: 18 March 2020

page created: 5 February 2020

Build MVP and help run the Pilot

We are seeking a third party software development provider to build an MVP (and one or two continuous improvement cycles) and help run a Pilot in 2020. Then, when ‘operational’, we need a partner who can further develop and service this open source solution, which is expected to be operational for the next decade(s). We are looking for parties with experience in the scholarly information or solutions space, and evidence of competency in developing and delivering open source solutions.

We aim to build the OA Switchboard from scratch. We need a whole nearshore team of experts (developers, Business Analysts, QA, etc). Existing products and services can be leveraged, as long as neutrality and openness of the OA Switchboard is preserved, and no license fees are charged.

The OA Switchboard is collaboratively developed, owned and operated by funders, institutions and publishers (worldwide), as shared open source infrastructure. Neutrality and openness of the operations, solutions and metadata standards is crucial, while maintaining the rights of users and stakeholders concerning their privacy (e.g. GDPR compliant). It is yet to be investigated and decided under what license data/reports will be made available to publishers, funders, institutions or their delegates (service/solution/system providers). Our third party software development provider will hold no rights to the data in, or going through, the system, so will not have the right to use these data at all. We require that the software will be released through an open source license.

Through this RFI process we will select our technology partner for the OA Switchboard MVP, whereby the Steering Committee will be advised by a small group of technical advisors.

The RFI announcement can be found here, and documentation can be obtained from the OA Switchboard Project Manager.

Deadline to confirm participation in the RFI (in writing) is 25 March 2020, and deadline for responses (in writing) to the questionnaire in the RFI is 1 April 2020.

last updated: 18 March 2020

page created: 24 February 2020

List of relevant terms, with definitions

List of relevant terms, with definitions

To ensure right from the start we all speak the same language, we want to create an alphabetical list of OA Switchboard relevant terms, with definitions for those terms. Think of words like:

- article

- author

- billing

- article-level metadata

- business model

- central OA fund (standard terms)

- communication standards

- exchange 'hub'

- manuscript

- message scheme

- OA license

- publication charge

- publishing (transformative) agreement

- service/solution/system providers

- stakeholder (primary)

- submission

We are seeking input on terms and definitions.

last updated: 11 March 2020

page created: 5 February 2020

Data fields
OA-related manuscript/article-level metadata

OA-related manuscript/article-level metadata

Journal manuscript/article-level metadata needed for an Eligibility Enquiry may be different from metadata for OA books, book chapters and conference papers. In this initial consultation, we are seeking input on the differences and specifics:

1. What OA-related metadata are specific for OA books, book chapters and conference papers (and not relevant for journal articles)?

2. What OA-related journal manuscript/article-level metadata are not relevant for OA books, book chapters and conference papers?

page created: 5 February 2020

Initial product specs
Consultation on this topic closed on 11 March 2020, following three group deep-dive sessions and tens of 1-on-1 discussions

A central hub to enable publishers / funders / institutions exchanging article-level information

We are preparing to build an MVP and run a pilot this Summer, and we are seeking feedback on the initial product specs that have been drafted so far. Please reach out if you want to review and contribute to:

1. Questions the various stakeholders have (and who can provide answers)

2. Concept of an automated, scalable mechanism that can get the answers

3. User Stories / Use Cases

4. OA Switchboard UI screen impressions

5. List of data fields for ‘messages’

6. Structure of ‘messages’

last updated: 12 March 2020

page created: 24 February 2020