The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced its participation in the OpenAIRE2020, to work towards international alignment of repository networks, a key priority for COAR. COAR will lead the work package, 'International Alignment', enabling to further support work already underway at COAR to facilitate greater interoperability of the major repository networks: La Referencia, OpenAIRE, SHARE and others. In addition, COAR will continue to raise the visibility of repository networks in general as a sustainable option from providing open access to research outputs.
Open access to research results has been recognized by both funders and research institutions as a vital mechanism to spur innovation and to create a fair playing field. The European Commission has been at the forefront of open access and has adopted a comprehensive OA policy, requiring open access to all the articles resulting from its funded research. OpenAIRE2020 is a funded project to develop and maintain the infrastructure to support the European Commission OA policy.
The project is vast and multi-faceted. It provides support for implementing open access at the local level through a network of National Open Access Desks (NOADs). It also addresses many other issues in the scholarly landscape including research into peer review, metrics, data-sharing legal considerations, and linked data. Another aspect is support for the EC Open Research Data Pilot and providing relevant training for institutions which support researchers in sharing their data.
The project was launched in Athens, Greece, on January 28&29, 2015. More than 100 participants from over 50 partner institutions met in Athens to discuss work plans and ensure all participants are aware of the many different aspects of this large project. The kick-off was attended by Alberto Cabezas, Executive Secretary of LA Referencia, the Latin-American initiative aggregating Open Access from nine countries, Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR and Katharina Mueller, Head of Office, COAR.
The conference is structured to deliver an overview of the most important policy and philosophical developments in open scholarship as well as pragmatic sessions to help participants become more effective in their roles on a day-to-day basis.
The intended audience consists of library directors, librarians, repository managers, researchers, university administrators, funding agencies, and students.
Keynote speakers include: John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks and Dominique Babini, Coordinator of Open Access Projects, CLACSO (Latin American Council of Social Sciences).
To receive the early-bird discount, interested parties may register before March 13, 2015.
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is accepting proposals for project briefings to be presented at the CNI Spring 2015 Membership Meeting in Seattle, Washington, April 13-14. Proposal submission is open to anyone, including non-members of CNI.
A project briefing is a 45-minute or one-hour session that addresses state-of-the-art developments and issues of interest to the CNI membership, as outlined in the CNI Program Plan. Scholarly communication, e-research, innovations in teaching and learning, and technology infrastructure are topics that consistently engage CNI members' interests.
A limited number of project briefings are accepted. The deadline for submissions is February 27, 2015. Interested parties may visit the CNI Spring 2015 Membership Meeting website for details and to submit a proposal.
NASIG and the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) have announced a joint full-day program, 'Evolving Information Policies&Their Implications: A Conversation for Librarians&Publishers.' The program is scheduled for May 27, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia (DC) on the first day of each organisation's annual conference.
Attendees will learn about public policy issues ranging from open access, grant funder submission and publication requirements, management and preservation of data sets, to access for the print disabled, intellectual property, copyright law and fair use. Speakers will address the current status and speculate about potential developments, all with a view to helping attendees gain a better understanding of current information policy and its impact on our current and future roles.
Three expert speakers have been recruited to address these topics from the perspectives of the publishing, librarian and vendor communities that make up the core of the respective memberships. Jayne Marks, Vice President of Publishing, Wolters Kluwer will represent the publishing perspective. T. Scott Plutchak, formerly Director of the Lister Hill Library of Health Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and now Director, Digital Data Curation Strategy at the same institution, will address the librarian viewpoint. Caitlin Tresande, Head of Research Policy, Digital Science and Senior Strategy Editor for Nature will provide the vendor perspective.
In addition, two speakers who are intellectual property and copyright experts will share their knowledge and opinions. The entire day will have ample opportunities for audience questions and will conclude with a wrap up panel with all five speakers sharing their predictions and responding to questions.
Registration for the event will open on the websites of both organisations in March. NASIG offers no competing programming, but SSP will also offer preconference seminars on the same day.
The London Book Fair has announced that it will extend the Publishing for Digital Minds conference into the virtual arena on March 18, 2015, with the first social media conference to focus on trends in global publishing.
The virtual conference, 'Around the World in 8 Hours' will take place throughout the day from 09:00 UK time on March 18 across Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus, with publishing leaders from four continents confirmed as speakers.
'Around the World in 8 Hours' will begin in China, with a blog tour setting out the major trends and innovations in the world's biggest consumer market's digital publishing scene. It will then proceed to Australia, with a live Google Hangout with HarperCollins Australia CEO, James Kellow, moderated by the Publishing for Digital Minds deputy chair for 2015 Sam Missingham.
Next stop on the tour will be India, where one of the world's fastest growing book markets will be represented through Twitter chats by three leading figures from the country's publishing industry. Thomas Abraham, managing director of Hachette India, and Hemali Sodhi, director of Penguin Random House India's children's division will represent trade publishing. Meanwhile the Indian author, Amish Tripathi, will cover Indian publishing from the author's perspective.
From India, the conference will progress to Malaysia. This market will be represented on Twitter by Amir Muhammed, CEO of one of the region's most dynamic publishers Buku Fixi.
The global spotlight will then shift to Germany and to LinkedIn with a pair of events summarising the state of publishing in Europe's biggest book market. Klaus Renkl and Christian Scheidermann of Tolino, the ebook platform that has captured 40 percent of Germany's digital book sales, will explain how they are competing with Amazon's Kindle on equal terms. And for a broader view, publishing consultant Ruediger Wischenbart will be at hand to provide more information on how Germany's publishing industry connects with the rest of the world.
The final phase of the conference will see 'Around The World in 8 Hours' travel across the Atlantic to look at publishing in Latin America and the United States. A special London Book Fair Market Focus session will lift the lid on the rapidly changing publishing market in Mexico. This will be followed by a final CEO Q&A on Twitter with Dominique Raccah, the CEO of Source Books, one of the world's most innovative and experimental trade publishers, moderated by Publishers Weekly's Kat Meyer.
Also on hand throughout the conference will be The Publishers Association (UK), who will provide extra context, insight and relevant statistics for individual markets.
'Around the World in 8 Hours' will be a free-to-attend event, taking place across multiple social networks on March 18. Delegates wishing to receive a copy of the full programme, including details of accounts to follow, hashtags and regular updates should sign up at Eventbrite. On the day delegates will be encouraged to get involved, with time set aside in each virtual event for them to ask questions and share their expertise on issues affecting global publishing.
Tickets for Publishing for Digital Minds are on sale now via www.publishingfordigitalminds.co.uk. Entry to the conference includes free entry to LBF itself (Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 April 2015, Olympia, West London).