WP4: Community Governance


  • Sherri Barnes (UCSB Library/punctum books)
  • Janneke Adema (Coventry University)

WP4 will develop the governance procedures of COPIM’s open publication ecosystem for monographs. It will create durable organisational structures for the coordination, governance an administrative support of the project’s community-owned infrastructure. This includes developing new avenues of outreach, communication and partnership with diverse stakeholders in open research with a shared interest in this infrastructure, creating genuine community involvement and collective control (ensuring the infrastructures won’t be governed by a particular commercial interest). WP4 will conduct research on collectively managed infrastructures as well as the technical governance between stakeholders (including libraries). In collaboration with WP2/3, it will assemble a publisher-librarian working group for: (a) the long-term management of consortial library funding programs, and (b) the identification and fostering of library-publisher experiments and projects that emphasise horizontal and cooperative knowledge-sharing between stakeholders (librarians, publishers, and researchers). WP4 will also conduct research on best practices for governing collaborative community-based book publishing projects of various scales, in line with professed needs of new and upstart publishers.  

Key deliverables and impacts

  • A model for the long-term management of consortial library funding programs
  • Assembly of a governance community of representative stakeholders
  • Official policies and procedures for self-governance and administrative management of the infrastructure
  • Two white papers based on community approved best practices for the governance of
  • open source community-owned infrastructures, and
  • open access book presses and consortia