PKP - Public Knowledge Project

The Public Knowledge Project is a research program to improve both the scholarly quality and public accessibility in a sustainable and globally accessible form.   Latin America and the Caribbean countries and institutions are beneficiaries of diverse PKP developments:

  • Open Journal Systems (OJS), a free open source journal management and publishing system that is used by 3.280 journals from 13 Latin America and the Caribbean countries, mainly Brazil (2.214 journals), Colombia (387), México (201), Venezuela (123), Argentina (98), Costa Rica (90), Chile (53), Cuba (37), Bolivia (28), among others.  Several universities of the region have developed complete collections of their journals in OJS platform. And Brazil has organized a national collection of more than a thousand journals from Brazil in a OJS customized platform (SEER- Sistema Eletrônico de Editoração de Revistas).  PKP has organized training workshops in several countries of the region.
  • Open Conference System (OCS), a free open source conference management system that includes the possibility to provide open access to full-text conference papers and proceedings in a searchable format.  OCS is used in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and Venezuela.
  • Open Harvester Systems is a free metadata indexing system that allows creation of a searchable index of the metadata from Open Archives Initiative (OAI)-compliant archives.  An example of its use in Latin America, is the Latindex harvester (Portal de Portales Latindex)

Under development is Open Monograph Press, an open source publishing system that provides an online workspace for publishing monographs, edited volumes, and scholarly editions.

PKP operates through a partnership among the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library, the School of Education at Stanford University, and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University.

(July 2011)

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