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Solving global challenges through open access

The OU hosts the world's largest collection of open access full texts - CORE. This is a not-for-profit service delivered by The Open University and Jisc, which is used and referenced globally by researchers, libraries, software developers, and funders. Free, quick, unimpeded access to research knowledge by researchers and the public is vital to helping solve global research challenges such as finding a vaccine for COVID-19.

CORE was founded and created by Dr Petr Knoth at The Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute in 2011. Since then Dr Knoth has been leading the Big Scientific Data and Text Analytics Group (BSDTAg) research group delivering the service.

Key impacts include:

  • Improved access to academic content globally to help solve critical global challenges.
  • Enhancing access to academic content to the general public, academic institutions, libraries, software developers, and researchers globally to create new knowledge and avoid duplication.
  • Improving access to research knowledge for third world countries where access to new research knowledge is limited by a lack of funding for expensive library journal and book chapter subscriptions.
  • Providing a tool to help democratise the participation in the knowledge economy world-wide.

What has this research done

Open access repositories provide free, immediate and permanent access to scholarly publications which previously were inaccessible or limited for use at subscription-paying institutions.

This has created a challenge to bring together full-text open access content from different repository systems in use and reusing it, freely and without having to pay a subscription fee.

In response to this challenge, CORE provides free and seamless access to millions of research outputs aggregated from thousands of Open Access providers such as institutional and subject repositories and open access and hybrid journal publishers.

CORE will supply data for the UK REF 2021 Open Access Policy Audit to Research England.

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