Open metadata

Thoth and Copim

As part of our involvement in the Copim community we are developing open, community-owned and community-governed software to support the publication of open access books and to lower the barriers to entry for small, scholar-led presses.

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We have built Thoth Open Metadata, an open metadata management and dissemination system that enables presses to manage the metadata for their open access books and to export it in a number of different formats to various platforms, catalogues and other dissemination channels. This makes their books more discoverable, and embeds open standards at the heart of the dissemination of open access titles. Thoth is Open Source software that produces open (CC-0) metadata, and it includes an open API for anyone interested in our data to use.

Thoth is already being used by a number of publishers (including OBP) to manage metadata; it also underlies our catalogue on this website, as well as the catalogues of the Open Book Collective and the ScholarLed collective.

You can learn more about Thoth in this interview with our Software Engineer, Javier Arias. Your institution can also support Thoth via the Open Book Collective.

For the latest information about Thoth, take a look at Copim's open documentation site where you can stay up to date on everything the community is building, including the latest developments of Thoth.