Supporting membership for organisations

Open Knowledge Maps is a charitable non-profit. All of our services are free and open. There are no license fees and no lock-in effects. To provide a sustainable platform for open discovery, we propose to fund Open Knowledge Maps in a collective effort: organisations become supporting members and provide a yearly contribution. In return, our supporting members are invited to co-create the platform with us. Find more details below or download our flyer, which contains a summary of the information displayed on this page.

Benefits for research organisations and libraries

Benefits for research organisations and libraries:

  • Offer an intuitive search experience for your patrons
  • Attract new audiences and stakeholder groups
  • Become a part of the Open Knowledge Maps governance
  • New! Increase discoverability of your own holdings
  • Enhance your metadata with AI
  • Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals
Logo ETH Zürich ETH Bibliothek
We joined Open Knowledge Maps as a Supporting Member because it is an innovative tool for literature search and we are eager to support the further development of Open Knowledge Maps.

Dr. David Johann, Head of Group Knowledge Management, ETH Library, ETH Zurich

Logo University Bern
Open Knowledge Maps is a considerable reinforcement in the areas of open science & open access, which are central to our research services.

Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Access and Bern Open Publishing (BOP), University Library Bern

Logo ZBW
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

Our Supporting Members

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Custom services for organisations

Using our Custom Services, organisations are able to embed Open Knowledge Maps services in their own discovery systems and provide attractive, visual entry points to their holdings.

You can set individual parameters, including the ability to restrict knowledge maps to your own data sources. The Custom Services are available as cloud components, so there is no need to install new software on your servers.

Custom services

The Custom Services can be used to complement existing discovery systems such as a library catalog, or to make the contents of a specific collection (e.g. a research data management system) more visible. Custom Services components can also be integrated in other areas of your digital services, such as a news page or a current research information system (CRIS).

For more information and real-life use cases developed together with ETH Zurich and TU Wien, please see our presentation.

To use Custom Services in your organisation, please contact chairman Dr. Peter Kraker at: pkraker@openknowledgemaps.org

What does your membership support?

Open Knowledge Maps offer openly licensed services, content, data, and software

All of our services are free and openly licensed.

Your membership supports an open and transparent discovery infrastructure that is developed in close collaboration with the community. Our offering includes:

  • Innovative search and discovery services
  • Integrations for BASE, PubMed, and OpenAIRE
  • New! Institutional integration via Custom Services
  • A wide range of training activities and materials
  • Our award-winning visualization software
  • Community support & engagement programs

What is Open Knowledge Maps?

Open Knowledge Maps is community owned

Open Knowledge Maps is a revolutionary discovery platform that enables researchers, students, and practitioners to quickly identify relevant resources. Instead of long, unstructured lists of search results, we create rich visual overviews of research topics, so-called knowledge maps.

Largest visual search engine for research
We increase the visibility of content from a variety of sources, including research institutions, funders, and publishers. With our services, individuals and organisations can create knowledge maps based on 270+ million research outputs from all disciplines. You can choose between more than 20 output types, including journal articles, books, and research data.

Part of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)
We are involved in many EOSC-related activities. As coordinator of the GO FAIR Implementation Network “Discovery”, we facilitate the improvement of research data discovery. As a partner in the Horizon 2020 project TRIPLE, we co-develop a European discovery platform for the social sciences and humanities.

Download our flyer, which contains a summary of the information displayed on this page.

How to become a supporting member

We currently offer supporting memberships in three categories. For more information on the categories, please see the details below. Note: The classification into small/large organisations is at the discretion of the individual organisation.

As a supporting member, you are directly involved in the decision-making process around Open Knowledge Maps by way of the Board of Supporters. The Board of Supporters provides input on the technical roadmap and has one third of the vote on what features are implemented on Open Knowledge Maps. This is done in a lightweight process via two short web forms. It is up to the members to which extent they choose to engage with this process.

A 15% discount for consortias of 10 or more organisations is available! For more information please contact Open Knowledge Maps founder and chairman Dr. Peter Kraker at: pkraker@openknowledgemaps.org.

Basic Membership

With your contribution, you facilitate the maintenance of Open Knowledge Maps. This makes sure that the platform will be available now and in the future.

  • 1 seat on the Board of Supporters
  • listing on website
  • Lower & middle income countries: EUR 480 / year
  • High income countries (small organisations): EUR 1,900 / year
  • High income countries (large organisations): EUR 3,800 / year

Current members in this category:
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Sustaining Membership

With your contribution, you support the maintenance, but also the development of substantial new features on Open Knowledge Maps. This makes sure that we can improve Open Knowledge Maps going forward.

  • 2 seats on the Board of Supporters
  • listing on website
  • listing in select materials with logo
  • Lower & middle income countries: EUR 780 / year
  • High income countries (small organisations): EUR 2,900 / year
  • High income countries (large organisations): EUR 5,800 / year

Current members in this category:
Logo TU Wien Bibliothek Logo ETH Zürich ETH Bibliothek Logo University Vienna Logo LBG Logo Frontiers Logo University of Lausanne Logo University of St. Gallen Logo OBVSG

Visionary Membership

With your contribution, you support us in achieving our vision of turning discovery into a collaborative process. This makes sure that we can work towards a large-scale collaborative discovery system (see our video for more details).

  • 3 seats on the Board of Supporters
  • listing on website
  • listing in select materials with logo
  • Lower & middle income countries: EUR 1,280 / year
  • High income countries (small organisations): EUR 5,400 / year
  • High income countries (large organisations): EUR 10,800 / year

Current members in this category:
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Supporting memberships team

If your organization is interested in becoming a member, please contact Open Knowledge Maps founder and chairman Dr. Peter Kraker at: pkraker@openknowledgemaps.org.

Peter Kraker Founder of Open Knowledge Maps
Scientific Knowledge Services

What our supporting members say

Logo ETH Zürich ETH Bibliothek
We joined Open Knowledge Maps as a Supporting Member because it is an innovative tool for literature search and we are eager to support the further development of Open Knowledge Maps.

Dr. David Johann, Head of Group Knowledge Management, ETH Library, ETH Zurich

Logo University Bern
Open Knowledge Maps is a considerable reinforcement in the areas of open science & open access, which are central to our research services.

Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Access and Bern Open Publishing (BOP), University Library Bern

Logo ZBW
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

Logo TU Wien Bibliothek
We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Open Knowledge Maps. We share the common goal of enhancing the visibility of research results beyond disciplinary boundaries and thus contributing to knowledge generation.

Mag. Beate Guba, MSc., Library Director, TU Wien Bibliothek

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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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As a longstanding innovator in digital librarianship, we are proud to support one of the most forward-thinking open infrastructures in scholarly communication.

Mag. Dr. Ulrike Krießmann, Head of Library and Archive, Graz University of Technology

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We deem it absolutely critical to support innovative and visionary infrastructures such as arXiv, the DOAJ, OLH and now Open Knowledge Maps. We are delighted to be able to contribute to Open Knowledge Maps' sustainability, and, thusly, to its long-term independence.

HR Mag. Brigitte Kromp, Head of Central Library for Physics and Chemistry, Vienna University Library

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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

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The work done by Open Knowledge Maps resonates with Frontiers' mission to make science open and available freely to everyone. We are committed to supporting organizations that develop innovative knowledge tools offering better insight into the research published by the scientific community.

Frederick Fenter, Ph.D., Chief Executive Editor, Frontiers

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We are delighted to support Open Knowledge Maps and we believe that OKMaps is presenting an ambitious and attainable set of goals which make open access materials widely discoverable for library patrons.

Dr. Bertil F. Dorch, Director at University Library of Southern Denmark

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On the one side the Open Science 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

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Die Angewandte shares and supports the core principles of Open Knowledge Maps in particular with regards to open science, user-centred design, and open source.

Dr. Florian Bettel, Senior Scientist at the Department of Cultural Studies, die Angewandte

Logo University of Neuchatel
As a picture is worth a thousand words, the Open Knowledge Maps are probably the best way to discover new scientific knowledge. There is no way we could have missed such a great opportunity!

Laurent Gobat, Head of academic information and libraries, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

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The University of Lausanne considers knowledge to be a public good. It intends to make it available to society in order to address the major issues of our time in all their complexity. Open Knowledge Maps is the perfect opportunity to enhance the way we communicate and broadcast the knowledge generated at our institution with the world.

Dr. Micaela Crespo, Open Access Coordinator UNIL, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Logo University of St. Gallen
We're happy to join Open Knowledge Maps to give researchers and the interested public more possibilities to explore research results in a new, innovative way. Looking forward to sharing these possibilities in our new research platform based on DSpace soon.

Ruedi Lindegger, Group leader of Research Services, Vice President's Board Research & Faculty, University of St. Gallen

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We believe in making knowledge accessible to the public and in supporting research and education to the very best of our abilities. Our aim is to offer a multitude of possibilities to explore and experience our vast collections to cater to different user needs and preferences. We are therefore very much looking forward to supporting and working with Open Knowledge Maps to help develop and build new and innovative ways to discover open online publications and resources.

Frank Scholze, Director General, German National Library

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As a fellow infrastructure builder, we're excited to join Open Knowledge Maps to support the development of more open, sustainable tools that help push the boundaries of what open science means beyond the status quo.

Travis Rich, Executive Director, Knowledge Futures

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At the Austrian Library Network, we share Open Knowledge Maps’ commitment to support and empower researchers and library users in finding, exploring, discovering and structuring the most relevant sources for their work. As a cataloguing and discovery systems provider and central library network agency, we enable institutions and librarians in providing services required to achieve this shared goal. In this capacity, it is an honour to support Open Knowledge Maps in their mission to provide innovative and exciting ways of navigating research and sharing knowledge.

Mag. Wolfgang Hamedinger, Managing Director, Austrian Library Network and Service Ltd (OBVSG)

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KU Leuven Libraries is devoted to stimulating the development of non-profit and community-led open science initiatives. We support a growing number of sustainable and equitable open scholarship infrastructures through the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access. Our support of Open Knowledge Maps fits perfectly with this mission as we believe in the need for a non-profit approach to explore and discover scientific knowledge.

Laura Mesotten, Process Manager Research and Open Scholarship, KU Leuven Libraries

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We became a Supporting Member of Open Knowledge Maps to support an open and cutting-edge visual search engine for scientific information. Supporting Open Knowledge Maps is part of our commitment towards Open Science.

Guilaine Baud-Vittoz, Head of Services for Education and Research, EPFL Library, EPFL