Project Deep Green aims to transfer scientific publications, which can be made freely available at the end of their embargo period, into Open Acess repositories. The focus over the next two years will be on licenses which are funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and have been negotiated nationwide. These licenses are called Allianz-Lizenzen, and they contain special Open-Access regulations.
The experience gathered from Allianz license agreements since 2011 shows, that the circle of authorized authors (or their instiutional representatives) hardly ever make use of these Open Access rights. In a span of 2 years the projects aims to make the agreed upon Open Access condition easy to use on a technical level and if possible to make them automatic. Which would enable publishers to deliver these publications periodically through defined interfaces to Open Access repositories, rather than having authors or the authorized libraries put them in manually.
During the 2 year project phase, the goal is to make these agreed upon Open Access regulations comfortable on a technical level and if possible automatize them. Authors or the authorized libraries would then no longer be responsible of transfering publications into Ope Access repositories, instead publishers would deliver them periodically through a defined interface. For this the project partners will build a technical platform as a data hub: participating publishers transfer the publications and metadata through the interface and authorized institutional or subject repositories receive the data. The publishers Karger and SAGE are pilot partners for the project.
On July 29th 2019 DeepGreen started into an advanced test phase. The DeepGreen project aims at lowering the barriers for open access publishing by automatically delivering metadata and full text publications from participating publishers to authorized repositories at German universities.
Aims of the advanced test phase
In preparation for a later live operation, the advanced test phase aims at gaining experience with extensive data deliveries from publishers as well as handling different repository software (including OPUS4, DSpace, EPrints and MyCoRe). Furthermore, the amount of support that must be provided, will be tested in practice. Following the advanced test phase, a feedback session between repository operators and the project consortium is planned.
Following this test phase, the service entered its pilot operation in March 2021. Thanks to collaboration with publishers De Gruyter, Frontiers, Future Medicine, Hogrefe, Karger, MDPI, Sage, and Wiley, DeepGreen was able to automatically distribute more than 35,000 articles to more than 60 research institutions in Germany between September 2019 and June 2021.