WP4: Community Governance




Janneke Adema (Coventry University), Eileen A.F. Joy (punctum books), Lidia Uziel (UCSB Library), Patrick Hart (Coventry University)

WP4 is developing the governance procedures of COPIM’s open publication ecosystem for monographs. It is creating durable organisational structures for the coordination, governance and 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), amongst others in the form of a Community Governance Workshop, facilitated by UCSB Library in May 2020. WP4 is conducting research on collectively managed infrastructures as well as the technical governance between stakeholders (including libraries). In collaboration with WP2/3, it has assembled a publisher-librarian working group on Humanities Commons 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 is also conducting 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. 

Blog posts & project output

  • See COPIM’s Open Documentation Site: WP4 for an overview of blog posts, announcements, etc.
  • in addition to that, visit our Outputs section for deliverables and milestones reached by the Work Package.

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