BISG, Universities Team Up to Study Open Access E-books

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) will collaborate with KU Research and researchers from the universities of Michigan and North Texas on a project focused on improving usage and engagement tracking for open access e-books. With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the one-year project will run from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019.

The project will identify the challenges in understanding the usage of open access e-books, suggest some opportunities for resolving them, and create a framework for future action through community consultation. It will focus on the challenges of identifying and aggregating relevant information from different platforms, analyzing what has been gathered in ways that respect user privacy, and communicating relevant information about usage to stakeholders.

The principal investigators are Charles Watkinson (University of Michigan), Kevin Hawkins (University of North Texas), Lucy Montgomery (KU Research), and Brian O’Leary (BISG). Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute) will act as a professional facilitator for the summit. Further information about the project can be found here.

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