HvA Open Publishing — Introduction

Most knowledge centers of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) already publish their own output; but that publication process can be improved by standardisation of the design, a stronger profiling of the HvA brand, incorporating some quality control, granting a license (for reuse), a stable URL, and providing citation advise.

Together with the PublishingLab a modern, on most formats legible (in addition to .pdf, also ePub and HTML5 versions), and recognisable HvA publication series is being developed that is structured in such a way that the core of the publication is understandable for anyone interested; thus making the results more widely accessible. HvA Open Publishing is a pilot project with a focus on: advice on the process, reviewing, and expected costs as a result. The publications will be published in the HvA repository through Pure – making them easy to find through search engines such as Google (Scholar) and several databases. The advantage of this form of publishing in the HvA repository is that no rights have to be transferred to the publishers. The premise here is that copyright is held by the HvA and that a creative commons license can be attached to the publications.

The period of four months that this pilot entails is separated in four sprints. The aim is to have ten HvA Open publications for the series at the end of the four sprints (two from each knowledge centre). It would be nice if five of these publications are traditional and five of them are somewhat unconventional; such as: a software package, poster or video.

The first sprint focuses on creating a ‘design’ for the various types of publications, building an example .pdf, HTML5 and ePub publication, obtaining publications from the knowledge centres, and running the first tests with The Sausage Machine.

The aim of the second sprint is to create guidelines for The Sausage Machine / HvA Open Publishing workflow. These guidelines consists of a video explaining the workflow and a comprehensive (text+image) guide for the delivery of research papers for the knowledge centres. Throughout this sprint The Sausage Machine will be optimised further by developing a template exclusively for the HvA Open Publishing publication series.

In the third sprint the first five publications (three traditional; two unconventional) will be put through The Sausage Machine to create the various outputs. During this process The Sausage Machine will be further optimised for the HvA Open series and the template adjusted accordingly.

In the final sprint – the five remaining HvA Open publications (two traditional; three unconventional) will be created and all ten publications will be placed in the HvA repository through Pure. In the end, all results will be compressed to a presentable package and submitted to a board where the decision will be made if the project will be continued, or not.