OpenTexts

OpenTexts is an experimental service that provides free & open access to the digitised text collections.

OpenTexts.World is a search engine collating the digitised records of many different libraries worldwide. Clicking a record’s title will take you to a third-party site for that particular record. If you want to return to your search, use your browser’s back button to return to OpenTexts.

https://opentexts.world/

Public Books Database

With university classrooms and libraries shuttered because of the COVID-19 crisis, scholars are facing disruptions not only in their teaching lives but also in their ability to access research materials. In response, many academic presses have made hundreds of their titles freely accessible online. The Public Books Database aims to catalog such resources in a single location and to highlight titles of particular interest. View the list (We’ll be updating regularly as additional materials are made available).

source: https://www.publicbooks.org/

Shareyourpaper

Make your research visible and see 30% more citations.

Share your paper is designed by libraries to make your paper open access, for free, wherever you publish. Legally, for free, in minutes. Join millions of researchers sharing their papers freely with colleagues and the public.

https://shareyourpaper.org/

Georgia Open Stacks

The University of Georgia Press is temporarily providing open, read-only access to a selection of our titles in history and other humanities fields. In response to the closures of school, libraries, and other public places due to COVID-19, our hope is provide material that will be of use to students as their classes are moved online or cancelled and to the general public as they self-isolate.

As you read the full texts of these works, you are able to communicate with the author and other readers on our Manifold site or through Twitter, joining existing threads or beginning new conversations. Some author-generated supplemental materials are provided to inform and supplement the teaching, learning, and reading experience. All rights-restricted images and/or text have been redacted.

https://ugapress.manifoldapp.org/

Smithsonian Open Access

The Smithsonian Institution is inviting the world to engage with its vast repository of resources like never before.

For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and download free of charge. Featuring data and material from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo, the new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose—be it a postcard, a beer koozie or a pair of bootie shorts.

And this gargantuan data dump is just the beginning. Throughout the rest of 2020, the Smithsonian will be rolling out another 200,000 or so images, with more to come as the Institution continues to digitize its collection of 155 million items and counting.

https://www.si.edu/openaccess

Avalon Media System

Avalon Media System is an open source system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video.

The freely available system enables libraries and archives to easily curate, distribute and provide online access to their collections for purposes of teaching, learning and research. The Avalon Community is made up of a dozen educational, media and open-technology institutions. The project is led by the libraries of Indiana University Bloomington and Northwestern University and is funded in part by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

https://www.avalonmediasystem.org

BitCurator Consortium

The BitCurator Consortium is an independent, community-led membership association that serves as the host and center of administrative, user and community support for the BitCurator environment. It is a continuation of the BitCurator Project (2011-2014) funded by the Mellon Foundation and led by the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

The BitCurator environment is a set of open-source tools adapted from the digital forensics industry for libraries, archives, and museum use. The tools extract digital objects, create metadata, ensure integrity, and identify sensitive data, providing libraries, archives, and museums with information to make appropriate processing decisions. The BitCurator environment is freely distributed under an open-source license. It can be installed as a Linux environment; run as a virtual machine on top of most contemporary operating systems; or run as individual software tools, packages, support scripts, and documentation.

https://www.bitcuratorconsortium.org/

MetaArchive Cooperative

The MetaArchive Cooperative is a distributed digital preservation network that ensures that today’s digital collections and data will be available to tomorrow’s scholars, researchers, and citizens. MetaArchive is governed and run by its membership, which comprises an international array of more than 70 libraries, archives, and museums.
Founded more than a decade ago, MetaArchive encourages and enables memory organizations to build their own preservation infrastructures and expertise. The collaborative community wrestles with today’s most challenging digital preservation issues—both experientially through its network and theoretically through the discussions, research projects, and working groups it hosts.

https://metaarchive.org/