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The Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI)

Curtin University: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry; Centre for Culture and Technology; Faculty of Humanities; Research Office at Curtin; Curtin Library; Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute

External Collaborators: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (Australia); University of North Texas (USA); University of Michigan (USA); Book Industry Strategy Group (Australia); CWTS Leiden (The Netherlands); University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands); Utrecht University (The Netherlands); University of Canterbury (New Zealand); Big Ten Academic Alliance (USA); Canadian Research Knowledge Network (Canada); Australian National University Press (Australia); University of Michigan Press (USA); Springer Nature (global); University of the Witwatersrand Press (South Africa); UCL Press (UK); OAPEN (The Netherlands); Educopia (USA)

Open access data has a wealth of benefits: it reduces economic barriers and start-up costs, generates economic value and innovation, and improves efficiency and accessibility.

The purpose of COKI is to use big data and cloud computing to amass trusted analysis and high-quality knowledge into the world’s leading dataset of research publications. 

COKI developed a suite of open knowledge analysis and enabling tools for use on its massive data warehouse. These tools allow for the tracking and use of the 12 trillion items in the dataset.


Figure 1: The evolution through time of the different types of open access publications divided by geographical region.

Credit: Neylon, 2021