The project "openCost: automated, standardised delivery and open provision of publication costs and publishing agreements" was launched by Bielefeld University Library, the German Electron Synchrotron DESY (Hamburg) and Regensburg University Library. It aims to create a technical infrastructure with which publication costs for Open Access publications can be comprehensively recorded and made openly accessible using standardised interfaces.

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The project consists of the following building blocks
  1. Standardised metadata schema
    This schema will allow to collect and expose all costs involved in scientific publishing be it in closed or open access fees, memberships, licencing costs etc.
  2. Open interface
    Building upon the well established OAI-PMH interface this will allow easy exchange of locally collected cost data with aggregator platforms.
  3. Extension of the Electonic Journal Database (EZB)
    By enhancing the administration backend, this module will allow to display cost data, memberships etc. together with the usual journal information hosted at EZB.

For more information on openCost and to join the discussion see the project website Please use the comment function available on the web!

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Funded by the German Research Foundation - grant number 457354095 (2021-)

DFG Programme: Science Communication, Research Data, eResearch (Scientific Library Services and Information Systems)