History

Our journey from 2013 to now.

2021

  • Open Access Button Organization rebrands as OA.Works
  • Plan S releases the Journal Checker Tool backed by our permissions data
  • ShareYourPaper For Libraries is released

2020

  • RSCVD is released, built in partnership with IFLA, to help respond to libraries closing during Covid
  • Arcadia Fund increases its financial support to $1.8 million over four years
  • ShareYourPaper is built and released in partnership with Montana State University

2019

  • InstantILL is built and released in partnership with IUPUI
  • Open Access Button Permissions Checker is released
  • The first libraries begin backing our tools financially through our Leadership tier

2018

  • Arcadia Fund supports Open Access Button with $440,000 grant
  • DeliverOA, EmbedOA, and OAsheet are released to help libraries save money and time on ILL
  • Direct2AAM is released, documenting a novel way to help authors make their papers Open Access

2017

  • Jisc funds exploration for using Open Access materials as a part of Interlibrary Loan to deliver cost savings and faster results

2016

  • We collected our 10,000th story on the Open Access Button
  • We released Open Data Button

2015

  • Open Access Button is awarded the SPARC Innovator Award

2014

  • Right To Research Coalition and Open Society Foundation fund more early tool development
  • Open Access Button is updated to be able to find open access versions and email authors requests

2013

  • Open Access Button is first released, capturing thousands of stories of people hitting paywalls

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