When following a conference on Twitter last week, one attendee tweeted about Unpaywall. It was the first time they had heard of it, which surprised me at first. I was equally surprised that the Open Access Button had not been mentioned at the same time. I realize now that I have had the benefit of attending OpenCon and following many people active in Open for a while now. Below I will list some of the open tools and resources, which hopefully, someone will find useful.
Open Access Button – This tool searches for open access versions of an article. In the absence of one, it can request the author post one. It has a web-based search as well as Chrome and Firefox extensions.
Unpaywall – A database of open access scholarly articles. The browser extension will search this database for open access versions of articles you see online.
Rebus Press – A Pressbooks network of open textbooks made by Rebus Community members.
Rebus Project – A platform for collaborating on and creating open textbooks.
HathiTrust – An collaborative repository with over six million items in the public domain.
Digital Public Library of America – A catalog with thumbnails of open access digital archives collections from institutions like the National Archive and the Smithsonian.
Big List of OER Resources – This LibGuide’s name is pretty self-explanatory.
OER World Map – Interactive map of OER projects.
Open Knowledge Maps – Open search tool that visualizes searches of PubMed and BASE.
This is just a sample of the various open projects underway, but a great start to dip your toe in the water. Have a favorite that you do not see here? Please comment below.