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COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) is an international partnership of researchers, universities, librarians, open access book publishers and infrastructure providers. It is building community-owned, open systems and infrastructures to enable open access book publishing to flourish.
Research Consulting was commissioned to facilitate a business development sprint to identify potential business models and funding streams for Thoth, an Open Dissemination System (ODS) developed by COPIM to better integrate OA books into institutional library, digital learning, and repository systems.
We used the non-profit business model canvas and a value proposition design process to work with the Thoth team to:
We also facilitated a joint workshop with representatives of the OAPEN Foundation and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) to explore areas for future collaboration, including the joint development of grant proposals and a combined proposition to academic libraries.
Thanks for all your help and input, it has allowed us to firm up the main approach we will take and position ourselves more clearly. The whole process has also helped us identify the key areas and revenue sources we wish to concentrate on, for which we are most grateful.Rupert Gatti, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Open Book Publishers