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SPARC introduces "Gaining Independence"

SPARC has introduced Gaining Independence: A Manual for Planning the
Launch of a Nonprofit Electronic Publishing Venture.  This new
publication, available on the Web free of charge at
http://www.arl.org/sparc/GI, is a detailed, step-by-step guide leading
readers through the creation of a business plan for start-up and
early-stage electronic publishing ventures, including digital repositories
and journals.

Gaining Independence will help universities, libraries, societies and
others conceive, plan and implement alternatives to commercially published
scholarly and scientific information.  It provides background on relevant
electronic publishing models and focuses especially on areas of business
planning that may be unfamiliar to those considering new communications
initiatives.  The manual includes sections on:  Situational Assessment and
Strategic Response;  Technology and Technical Considerations; Markets,
Marketing and Sales; Organization; Finances; and the Financial Plan and
Operating Plan.  A detailed appendix links readers to pertinent resources.

Gaining Independence complements Declaring Independence: A Guide to
Creating Community-Controlled Science Journals, which SPARC and the
Triangle Research Libraries Network introduced in early 2001.  Declaring
Independence is available on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/DI and
the printed handbook is available free of charge by emailing pmds@arl.org.
Gaining Independence is also a follow-on to Create Change: New Systems of
Scholarly Communication, an issues-based brochure and Web resource
available at http://www.createchange.org.


Alison Buckholtz
Associate Enterprise Director
SPARC -- The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition
21 Dupont Circle, Ste. 800, Washington, DC  20036 USA
T: 202 296 2296 x115 * F: 202 872 0884 * E: alison@arl.org
http://www.arl.org/sparc    http://www.sparceurope.org