Yearly Report 2017

2017 was the final year of the preliminary phase of the development of the Open Commons of Phenomenology, which started in 2015. During this three-year period, we successfully set up our online platform [], built a significant part of the repository (40.000 bibliographical entries, 3000 open access full texts, including complete Husserl and Scheler bibliographies in German), and established a strong network of researchers and institutions (e.g. Husserl Archives Leuven, Center for Subjectivity Research Copenhagen, German Society for Phenomenological Research, North American Society for Early Phenomenology, etc.).

The past year was especially significant, as it allowed us to kick-start the transition to the implementation phase (2018-2020), during which the project will become financially sustainable (projected yearly budget: 150.000 €) and the repository will be both completed (250.000+ references) and broadened to include conferences and courses. By 2020, the Open Commons will provide both an integrated infrastructure for the management of all research outputs and data in phenomenology, and a source of third party funding for edition, translation and research projects..

Key Achievements:

  1. Pilot Freemium Scheme with Knowledge Unlatched
  2. et al. Blog with the DGPF
  3. Eugen Fink and Max Scheler Biblio Sprints
  4. Members, visitors and actions (downloads)


  1. Pilot Freemium Scheme with Knowledge Unlatched

In June, we started a pilot “freemium” scheme in cooperation with the trusted open access initiative Knowledge Unlatched [], in order to finance the Open Commons in the long term without recourse to unpredictable grants or special funding. Under this freemium scheme, all our contents will remain open, but libraries can pledge to support the Open Commons with contributions of 1000 €/year for three years, in exchange for a number of additional services.

For the pilot, approximately 40 libraries were approached. 12 institutions have committed to a firm pledge (Marquette, Hagen, Duquesne, Helsinki, Münster, Prague, Graz, Basel, HU Berlin, Groningen, Köln, Boston College), and we are in advanced discussions with 9 further libraries.

In view of this very encouraging success rate, both sdvig press (the supporting publisher of the Open Commons) and Knowledge Unlatched have deemed the pilot a success. The Freemium Scheme will thus be extended in 2018 to a larger number of libraries, with the objective of adding at least 50 new institutions each year until 2020.

  1. et al. Blog with the DGPF

With the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für phänomenologische Forschung and its outgoing president Prof. Thomas Bedorf (as well as Selin Gerlek, FernUniversität Hagen), a new multimedia blog, et al. [], edited and maintained by a group of early career researchers was set up on the Open Commons.

Et al. provides a dynamic forum for new, engaging ways of communicating and disseminating phenomenological research, strengething ties not only within the community of phenomenological researchers, but with a wider public. It further demonstrates – alongside the blogs of the CFS Copenhagen, Husserl Archives Leuven, NASEP, Scuola di Milano, CEP Louvain, etc.) – the ability of the Open Commons to provide efficient infrastructure that can be used easily and managed independently by institutions, scholars and students.

  1. Eugen Fink and Max Scheler Biblio Sprints

Two Biblio Sprint events were organised by Christian Sternad (Husserl Archives Leuven) to input the bibliographies of Eugen Fink and Max Scheler in the Open Commons database. Researchers from North America and Europe joined us in Berlin and Leuven respectively, as well as online. As a result, the full catalogue of both these authors is now accessible through the Open Commons (with full texts in the case of Scheler).

  1. Members, visitors and actions (downloads)

Registered member accounts : 722

2016: 84,831 visits, 220,368 pageviews, 248,456 actions

2017: 107,933 visits, 290,900 pageviews, 324,068 actions

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