Open access at the UOC: three free, online resources
Every Monday we will present specialized resources for your projects and final tests, from prestigious associations and academic publishers. And the best part? They are free, online and unrestricted.
At the UOC we are committed to the movement towards Open Access because it makes knowledge openly available, thereby benefiting learning, science and society as a whole.
The Open Access movement covers open, immediate and unrestricted access to any academic or educational online material published under a Creative Commons licence.
Some of these resources are offered by projects and associations defending open access, while others are available via the UOC's institutional repository, O2.
This non-profit independent publishing project republishes Spanish-language, public domain books (for which the legal rights of use have expired) in ePub format, so that anyone can get their hands on them easily and free of charge.
The unique feature of the website is that it recovers titles that are otherwise difficult to access, either because they no longer belong to a catalogue or because little dissemination is made of them. The texts were originally published in the newspaper between 1874 and 1929.
This year, the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE), a Spanish organization for the blind, has adapted 60,000 Spanish-language publications, making them more accessible and thus available to blind and visually impaired individuals around the world. Thanks to the signing of the Marrakesh Treaty, the ONCE's digital library now offers users 34,000 publications in DAISY format and 27,000 in Braille, as well as 3,000 pieces of sheet music. To access the publications free of charge, users must go to marrakech.once.es and sign in using the username and password provided to them by an authorized entity.
The roll-out of this initiative makes Spain the first European Union country to act upon the Marrakech Treaty, an agreement aimed at facilitating the exchange of accessible publications among international entities.
We are once again recommending the content of Internet Archive's digital library, a benchmark in the world of open access. This time round, however, we would like to highlight its collection of more than one million accessible e-books. To download the content, just follow these steps.