Wellcome Library pledges support for Knowledge Unlatched

Wellcome Library pledges support for Knowledge Unlatched

Frances Pinter's open access pilot project Knowledge Unlatched has attracted high-profile support from the Wellcome Library.

The Knowledge Unlatched model allows participating libraries to share the cost of a single fixed fee to a publisher, to make a book available open access via a Creative Commons license as a downloadable PDF. The cost per library for each title declines as more libraries participate in the scheme.

A pilot scheme for the project is running until the end of January.

Zina Sabovic, head of collection management at the Wellcome Library, said: "The Wellcome Library supports access to published research in all its forms. Working with other libraries through Knowledge Unlatched will help us achieve this aim, and will complement our own Open Access initiatives aimed at Wellcome Library users."

Pinter noted that the Library's participation: "demonstrates support for experimenting with a number of routes to Open Access and the Knowledged Unlatched vision of a sustainable approach to unlatching monographs."

The Wellcome Library is run by the Wellcome Trust, which has proved a leading advocate of the development of open access.