OA Policies and the Sustainability of Digital Libraries of Scholarly Information

  • Gobinda G. Chowdhury
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8839)


Beginning with an introduction to scholarly communications and recently introduced OA (open access) policies of various government agencies and research funding bodies, this paper discusses the sustainability of digital libraries. It discusses how the specific OA policies and their implementation can influence the economic, social and environmental sustainability of digital libraries of scholarly information.


Digital libraries open access sustainable digital libraries social sustainability economic sustainability environmental sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gobinda G. Chowdhury
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  1. 1.iSchool@northumbria, Department of Mathematics & Information SciencesNorthumbria UniversityNewcastleUK

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