OAPEN Newsletter March 2014
peter.suber's bookmarks 2014-03-25
"DOAB and the OAPEN Library are both services provided by OAPEN Foundation. To clarify the differences between these two services, we would like to give an overview in this month’s newsletter.
Deposit service vs. Discovery service
The OAPEN Library is a centralized repository for hosting and disseminating OA books. OAPEN makes use of the Library to provide a Deposit service for OA books, with the aim to support OA mandates from funders and universities.
DOAB is a Discovery service for OA books, aiming to increase discoverability, usage and impact of the listed publications, and to provide an authoritative list of OA book publishers.
Repository vs. directory
An important difference lies in the fact that the OAPEN Library is a repository whereas DOAB is a directory. Consequently, the OAPEN Library contains full text versions of Open Access books, while DOAB points to OA books that can be found elsewhere. In other words, in the Library the books’ PDF’s can be downloaded directly, while DOAB links you to the publisher’s web shop to download a title. Furthermore, the full text versions in the OAPEN Library make it possible to search the whole book whereas in DOAB you can only search the description and bibliographic information.
‘Free to read’ and ‘free to share’
Another difference between DOAB and the OAPEN Library relates to licensing policies. The OAPEN Library contains titles that are both ‘free to share’ and ‘free to read’, but also books that are just ‘free to read’. DOAB on the other hand only contains monographs with a full OA license, which means they are all free to share. As a result both collections overlap partly but are not identical...."