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- The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) is a crowd-sourced project running on free and open-source software to capture news and comment on open access (OA) to research.
- Its twofold mission is (1) to create real-time alerts for OA-related developments, and (2) to organize knowledge of the field, by tag or subtopic, for easy searching and sharing.
- OATP publishes a large primary feed of new OA developments, and hundreds of smaller secondary feeds. The primary feed contains all new items (new within the last six months) noticed and tagged by our taggers. Following the primary feed is the best way to stay on top of what's happening in the world of OA. The secondary feeds are more specialized. We have a secondary feed for each tag, for each search, and for each user-created boolean combination of any of the other OATP other feeds. You can easily make a secondary feed to suit your precise interests. You can also make a feed of the items you recommend as the most worth reading.
- Every feed has a unique and self-explanatory URL. For example, the URL for the feed of all items tagged with "oa.policies" is http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/oatp/tag/oa.policies.
- OATP supports user-defined tags as well as an evolving ontology or standard vocabulary of project-approved tags.
- All tag records are stored for deduping, export, preservation, modification, and search. Using OATP's powerful search engine is a powerful way to facilitate your own research on OA. And conversely, your own research on OA can be a powerful way to enhance OATP by tagging not previously tagged or improving upon the ways they were originally tagged.
- OATP aims to cover OA comprehensively, and can best do that with taggers in every ecological niche, by topic, academic field, country, region, and language. Hence, please consider tagging for OATP and helping us recruit other taggers.