The primary purpose of the GenderOpenproject, launched in October 2016, is to create an electronic platform on which Gender Studies publications and other sources of knowledge can be made permanently and freely accessible and stored for the long term. This will make it easier for researchers and other interested parties to find Gender Studies publications, view them in only a few clicks, and use them for their work. At the same time, it gives authors and opportunity to publicize their Gender Studies research findings, opening them up to more rapid and targeted academic attention. The GenderOpen repository will be launched on 4 December 2017. Senator Dilek Kolat will press the button at a celebratory launch event. Please find the program here.
In his keynote at Open Access Days 2016 in Munich, Prof. Wolfgang Schön, vice president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), emphasized the significant structural effects anticipated from the DFG-supported project “Repository for Gender Studies.” The project will do more than just establish a forum for publications, he said. The platform will also advance community building efforts for a decisively interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary field of research and modernize traditional publication models (see https://videoonline.edu.lmu.de/en/node/8215, starting at minute 10).
The GenderOpen project has a broad and diverse network of partners. It maintains collaborative relationships with various Gender Studies journals and presses, the Gender Studies Association, the meta-database project of the i.d.a. umbrella organization, and the Online Gender Glossary in Leipzig. Also, since August 2017, it has been working with the Federal Ministry for Education and Research’s German Aerospace Center as the lead partner for education, gender, the equal opportunity/educational research division, and integration. In its future grant confirmations, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research will add the request that open-access publications of project results should preferably be made available on the GenderOpen repository. All previous funding recipients will also receive a similar request once the repository has been launched.
The staff members of the consortium project, which brings together Berlin’s three university-based Gender Studies centers, are profiled on the Project Members page. You can find explanations of related concepts, such as the complex copyright issues, under our FAQs (in German, English version available soon).