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ICOLC Meeting Panel

OA Switchboard participates in member-only meeting on 21 April 2021

Posted 8 April 2021


OA Switchboard will participate in the ICOLC Meeting Panel during a members-only meeting on 21 April 2021. General information is here, and the ICOLC community can find out more here.

UKSG 44th Annual Conference and Exhibition: Online

OA Switchboard lightning presentation on 13th April 2021

Updated 2 April 2021 / Posted 4 February 2021

OA Switchboard will participate in this year's online version of the UKSG Annual Conference on Tuesday 13th April 2021. The full program is here.

The title of our lightning presentation is: OA Switchboard: a mission-driven practical solution, that thrives on collaboration.

30th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference

OA Switchboard Lightning Talk on 9 April 2021

Updated 2 April 2021 / Posted 9 February 2021

OA Switchboard will participate in this year's North Caroline Serials Conference on 9 April 2021. The conference website is here.

The title of our Lightning Talk is: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

SSP 43rd Annual Meeting: Charting a New Course - From Chaos to Innovation

OA Switchboard to present a poster

Posted 2 April 2021

OA Switchboard will participate in SSP's 43rd Annual Meeting (online conference from 24 - 27 May 2021). The full program is here.

The title of our poster is: OA Switchboard, central information exchange hub: Taking charge of multi-lateral OA publication-level arrangements.

Webinars to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community

Last updated 1 April / Posted 30 October 2020

Webinars are being organised to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community, supported by demonstrations/presentations of real-life use cases by launch customers and founding partners.​

  • Wednesday 31 March 2021​
    This webinar focussed on the Reporting Made Easy shared use case our launch customers and founding partners are working on collaboratively. Funders and institutions/consortia would much prefer publishers to report their publication-level OA information in a structured format. This enables data to be fed directly into their own (or their solution provider’s) system for further processing and analysis.

    This webinar provided a practical evidence-based look at how the OA Switchboard is making reporting easier via a series of short five minute talks and use case presentations, with time for questions and discussions following. The recording of this webinar is here.

  • Tuesday 8 December 2020
    The OA Switchboard is a tool that can be called upon as and when needed, or integrated in stakeholders’ own systems and workflows to achieve automation and scalability. This webinar brings together participants from publishers, research institutions and our tech partner to present and discuss real-life use cases. Learn what specific challenge they implement the OA Switchboard for and how a simple communication hub can handle many different situations. The unanswered questions posed by attendees via the webinar chat, as well as the recording of this webinar is available here.

  • Thursday 5 November 2020
    Part of the OASPA AGM will also be given to an update on the OA Switchboard project which OASPA has been leading this year. In this webinar we’ll present a status update and insight into our plans. Also, some of our early adopters will present specific use cases they are getting started with in 2021.The recording of this part of the meeting is available here.

NASIG 2021 Conference

Live-streamed OA Switchboard presentation (May 2021)

Posted 20 February 2021

OA Switchboard will participate in the 36th annual NASIG Conference (19-21 May 2021). The conference website is here.

The title of our presentation is: The OA Switchboard - How a simple, collaborative solution tackles multiple use cases for funders, institutions and publishers, strategically and practically.

InformationToday feature article: OA Switchboard, central information exchange hub

Posted 2 February 2021

[Editor's Note: If you heard Yvonne Campfens' inspiring keynote talk at Internet Librarian International 2019 all about creating, innovating, collaborating and what we can learn from startups, you won't be surprised to hear that she has taken her own advice and joined startup OA Switchboard as its executive director. I asked her to tell us about this new venture.]

Read the full article here.

Next steps for Open Access, Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference

OA Switchboard keynote on 9th July 2021

Posted 24 January 2021

OA Switchboard will participate in the Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference on Friday 9th July 2021. The theme of the conference is 'Next steps for Open Access' and the full program is here.

The title of our keynote is: Streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA-related publication level information - collaborative infrastructure to make the ecosystem work better for everyone.

Outsell Analysis: OA Switchboard addresses an acute need in scholarly communications

Posted: 19 January 2021

OA Switchboard was covered in an Outsell Analysis by Tatiana Khayrullina (Director & Lead Analyst) today, with the title: OA Switchboard Is Ready to Go Live, Addressing an Acute Need in Scholarly Communications.

In the abstract it states: "The OA Switchboard strives to remove technical barriers on the path to OA adoption. Its mission is to smooth out communications among market players, one connection at a time."

Academic Publishing in Europe Conference (APE2021): The New Face of Trust

OA Switchboard opening keynote on Day 2 of the conference

Posted 17 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in the 2021 Academic Publishing in Europe Conference, as the opening keynote on Day 2 of the conference on Wednesday 13 January 2021. The title of the presentation is: From complexity to transparency: How the OA Switchboard is building a cost-effective collaborative infrastructure solution for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

Our presentation is available here.

NISO Plus 2021

"Collaborate to solve a common problem - OA Switchboard"

Posted 11 December 2020

The OA Switchboard will participate in the NISO Plus Conference, by means of a session on Wednesday 24 February 2021. The title of the presentation is: Collaborate to solve a common problem - OA Switchboard.

The full program of NISO Plus 2021 is here.

Posted 10 December 2020

This post is by Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of the OA Switchboard

Although many may want to forget all about 2020, I will remember it as a catalyst year, in which inspiring collaboration prepared for the OA Switchboard to go live as an operational solution in 2021. This progress report marks the end of the 2020 OA Switchboard project, and preludes the structural set-up for 2021 and beyond.


Continue reading here

UK collaborates with new body to accelerate global open access

Published 3 December 2020

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)Wellcome and Jisc are among the first organisations supporting the establishment of a new body called Open Access Switchboard.

Full announcement here.

Annual Publishing Conference 2020 (Rave Technologies)
Panel on Cross-Publisher OA Logistics

Posted 17 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in a panel during the Annual Publishing Conference 2020 on Wednesday 9 December 2020 on facilitating Open Access in a publisher-neutral manner.

Our presentation is here.

OASPA founds new organisation with future-proof governance and funding structure for the OA Switchboard

A neutral, independent intermediary enabling shared infrastructure, bringing transparency, efficiency and cost effectiveness to the open access ecosystem

Published 5 November 2020

Full announcement here

CNI Fall Virtual Membership Meeting (November 10-December 15, 2020)

"From toll roads to highways: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape"

Posted 3 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in the 2020 CNI Fall Virtual Membership Meeting by means of a Short Update (pre-recorded video) to be made available during Week 3 (December 1-7, 2020).

The theme of week 3 is: Technology, Standards, & Infrastructure

2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions

"How did we get here? How to move on? How is the OA Switchboard helping?"

Posted 29 October 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this virtual conference on 26-27 October 2020: 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions.


The title of the paper was: How did we get here? How to move on? How is the OA Switchboard helping?

The recording is available here.

Our presentation is here.

Posted 29 September 2020

API integration workshop (26 August 2020)

Posted 28 August 2020

We’re now in the middle of the Pilot. One of the topics to prove is that we deliver the basics (standards & essential infrastructure). Specifically for, and with, the stakeholders’ partners, we recently organised a very well attended interactive workshop, about technical integration of the OA Switchboard API with these other systems, value-adding solutions on top, so the ambition of an automated, integrated, scalable solution will be achieved.

-- Questions -- Challenges -- Suggestions --

Watch the brainstorm animation here: Where do you see potential challenges with the technical integration to the OA Switchboard?

Demonstration videos of Minimum Viable Product (MVP)/iteration #6

Posted 30 July 2020

RLUK's OAPP group hosts demonstration of the OA Switchboard initiative

Webinar on 27 July 2020

Posted 27 July 2020, updated 28 July 2020

On 27 July 2020, the RLUK OAPP Group hosted a webinar demonstration of the OA Switchboard initiative. The recording is available.

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