Last Friday, a concluding workshop by the DFG-funded project Funktionaler Ausbau von und Mehrwertdienste für “Open Journal Systems”/Functional Upgrading of and Added Value Services for “Open Journal Systems” – or “OJS.de” for short – took place in Berlin.
With almost 15.000 installations, OJS is the most frequently used software for the management of Open Access journals worldwide. The one-day workshop, which was attended by about 40 librarians, editors, software developers and scholars from all over Germany, gave an overview about the adjustments and enhancements for German journals developed by the Center für Digitale Systeme/Centre for Digital Systems at Berlin’s FU in collaboration with the Public Knowledge Project.
During her presentation, software developer Bozana Bokan introduced a couple of useful plugins for various areas:
- Copyright deposit to the German National Library (DNB): Automatic harvesting via OAI interface (not ready yet)
- Metadata: Uniform Resource Name (URN) and Digital Object Identifier (DOI) support
- Search optimization: Lucene plugin
- User statistics: Integration into Open-Access-Statistik/Open Access statistics infrastructure
- Royalties: VG Wort plugin
- Improvements for review journals: “Object for Reviewing” plugin
Bokan finished by showcasing some elements of the public alpha version of OJS 3.0 which was released in mid-August. The new version represents a major rewrite of OJS to take advantage of the technologies that were pioneered in Open Monograph Press 1.0. It is planned for 2014.