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Posted August 3, 2009: Events Celebrating Open Access Week, 2009
This list of events for Open Access Week (October 19-23, 2009) is co-sponsored by the Open Access Directory, PLoS, SPARC, Students for Free Culture, eIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), and OASIS.
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Posted July 2, 2009: SCOAP3 Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics
"The Open Access (OA) tenets of granting unrestricted access to the results of publicly-funded research are in contrast with current models of scientific publishing, where access is restricted to journal customers. At the same time, subscription costs increase and put considerable strain on libraries, forcing them to cancel an increasing number of journals subscriptions. This situation is particularly acute in fields like High-Energy Physics (HEP), where pre-prints describing scientific results are timely available online. There is a growing concern within the academic community that the future of high-quality journals, and the peer-review system they administer, is at risk.
To address this situation for HEP and, as an experiment, Science at large, a new model for OA publishing has emerged: SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics).
SCOAP3 is a consortium of:
- High-Energy Physics funding agencies
- High-Energy Physics laboratories
- Leading national and international libraries and library consortia.
Its aim is to facilitate Open Access publishing in High Energy Physics."
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Posted June 19, 2009: SPARKY Awards: call for entries 2009
The Sparky Awards are organized by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, who promote the universal benefits of sharing ideas of all kinds. Deadline: December 6, 2009.
STUDENTS: Tell the world the way it should be. Is open sharing of ideas and information important to you? Form a team or go it alone and make a video to demonstrate the value of information sharing as you see it.
EDUCATORS: A great assignment for your fall courses. Check out our teacher’s guide.
LIBRARIANS: Host your own Sparky Awards and move your campus discussion about research access forward. See our Syndication Guide or Librarian’s Guide for ideas.
See the Winning Videos from the 2007 and 2008 Sparky Awards
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Posted June 16, 2009: The Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS) launched June 10-12
OASIS aims to provide an authoritative ‘sourcebook’ on Open Access, covering the concept, principles, advantages, approaches and means to achieving it. The site highlights developments and initiatives from around the world, with links to diverse additional resources and case studies. As such, it is a community-building as much as a resource-building exercise.
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Posted June 9, 2009: The SHERPA team at the University of Nottingham are pleased to announce the formation of a new research centre -- the Centre for Research Communications (CRC).
This will be based at the University and will help to support and inform these changes and new ideas. The CRC will house the portfolio of open access projects, services and initiatives currently undertaken by the University.
These include the home of the SHERPA partnership; the open access services RoMEO, Juliet and OpenDOAR; the Repositories Support Project (RSP), and the University contribution to the European and international projects DRIVER, Dart-Europe and NECOBELAC. Project and service funders include JISC, the European Commission, the Wellcome Trust and SPARCEurope. The CRC will also act as a focus for new work in the area both within the University and nationally.
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Posted August 3, 2009: Free Culture Research Workshop 2009, October 23, 2009Berkman Center for Internet & Society / Harvard University : The Free Culture 2009 research workshop builds on the enthusiasm generated by the First Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on Free Culture which took place during the 2008 iSummit in Sapporo, Japan. It presents a unique opportunity for scholars whose work contributes to the promotion, study or criticism of an emerging Free Culture, to engage with a multidisciplinary group of academic peers and practitioners, identify the most important research opportunities and challenges, and attempt to chart the future of Free Culture.
Call for participation: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/5486 Deadline: August 7, 2009
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Posted July 2, 2009: 13th European Conference on Digital Libraries ECDL 2009
The Laboratory on Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing, Department of Archives and Library Sciences, Ionian University kindly invites you to participate to the 13th European Conference on Digital Libraries, which will be held in the beautiful island of Corfu, Greece from September 27 to October 2, 2009. The general theme of the conference is "Digital Societies".
Posted June 12, 2009: Open Access Week - October 19-23, 2009
October 19-23 will mark the first international Open Access Week.
Open Access Week is an opportunity to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research, including access policies from all types of research funders, within the international higher education community and the general public. The now-annual event has been expanded from a single day to accommodate widespread global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research results.
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Posted June 9, 2009: Institutional Repositories: Disseminating, Promoting, and Preserving Scholarship, September 30, 2009
A regional conference on Institutional Repositories on the Logan campus of Utah State University on September 30, 2009. This free event includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a full-day program featuring a mix of speakers from around the country talking about IR platforms, how to create, manage, and market an IR, and what the future may look like for both IRs and university digital publishing. Sponsored by Utah State University, The Berkeley Electronic Press, and the Utah Academic Library Consortium.
Conference web page: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/irday/
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Posted June 3, 2009: 1st Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing 14-16 September, 2009
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the DOAJ/Lund University Libraries are pleased to announce the1st Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, which will be held at the Scandic Star hotel in Lund, Sweden from the 14th to the 16th of September.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from many leading figures within the open access publishing movement, and to participate in workshops that will highlight a number of important issues related to open access publishing. Participants who are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association are invited to participate in the first Annual General Meeting of OASPA, which will be held in the afternoon on September 16th following the end of the conference."
Conference Web page: http://www.oaspa.org/coasp/
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