Grants:IdeaLab/Free document delivery service for active authors
What is the problem you're trying to solve?
The use of books and printed material should be strongly encouraged to write articles in WP. A huge amount of knowledge resides within books, which are currently not online and may never be. Access to copies of book excerpts and journal articles are therfore a fundamental requirement to improve the quality of WP. The use of interlibrary loan (ILL) is a cost intensive matter. Prices vary between 3 and 12 EUR per 20 pages of a copy.
What is your solution?
The WP foundation should make contracts with important libraries or networks (like Subito in germany) to achive free interlibrary loan service for authors with an approved output. WP has traditionally a strong support from libraries all over the world. This could be a valuable support in addition to the existing WP program for granting access to comercial online databases.
Acccess to written content, stored in libaries all over the world, by removing financial barriers for interlibrary loan within the the realm of WP.
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