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Open Knowledge Maps welcomes new supporting members

We are excited to announce that our supporting membership program has grown to five organisations. We welcome University Library Bern in the category "Sustaining Member PLUS" as well as Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Copernicus Publications and ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in the category "Supporting Member". Together with Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, who joined us at the beginning of 2019, this group represents five trailblazers establishing this promising path to sustainability with us.

The supporting membership program is a model to sustain Open Knowledge Maps, the world’s largest visual search engine for research. Supporting members provide a yearly contribution and in return, they are invited to co-create the platform with us. In an annual crowdsourcing process, they have one third of the vote on what features and sources are implemented on Open Knowledge Maps.

Why they joined us

We asked our members to briefly explain why they support us. We will publish their full statements in a series of supporting member spotlights in the upcoming weeks. But here's already a sneak peek of what they said (emphasis ours):

"Open Knowledge Maps is a considerable reinforcement in the areas of open science and open access, which are central to our research services." Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Access and Bern Open Publishing (BOP), University Library Bern
"Open Knowledge Maps is one of these initiatives we consider to be a visionary innovator in the field of discovery in open spaces." Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann, Director, ZBW
"On the one side the Open Science/Open Scholarship movement has increased the accessibility of academic knowledge, but on the other hand there is a discoverability crisis that in a lot of cases negatively affects Scholarly Communication. Open Knowledge Maps intends to close this gap and that's why it deserves to be supported with our best efforts." Mag. MSc. Andreas Ferus, Interim Library Director, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
"As a truly open discovery tool, Open Knowledge Maps revolutionize the way scientific knowledge can be revealed." Dr. Xenia van Edig, Senior Business Development, Copernicus Publications
"Open Knowledge Maps opens up science in a unique way to researchers as well as to practitioners and the public." Mag. Patrick Lehner, Director OIS Center, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft

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