Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
The Obama administration wants OA for federally-funded research
The Obama administration is calling for public comments on ways to enhance access to federally-funded research. From today's announcement:
With this notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President, requests input from the community regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by Federal science and technology agencies. This RFI [Request for Information] will be active from December 10, 2009 to January 7, 2010. Respondents are invited to respond online via the Public Access Policy Forum...or may submit responses via electronic mail. Responses will be re-posted on the online forum. Instructions and a timetable for daily blog topics during this period are described at [the White House Open Government Initiative web site]....
[T]he Administration is dedicated to maximizing the return on Federal investments made in R&D. Consistent with this policy, the Administration is exploring ways to leverage Federal investments to increase access to information that promises to stimulate scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness. The results of government-funded research can take many forms, including data sets, technical reports, and peer-reviewed scholarly publications, among others. This RFI focuses on approaches that would enhance the public's access to scholarly publications resulting from research conducted by employees of a Federal agency or from research funded by a Federal agency....
The Executive Branch is considering ways to enhance public access to peer reviewed papers arising from all federal science and technology agencies. One potential model, implemented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)...requires that all investigators funded by the NIH submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscript upon acceptance for publication no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. Articles collected under the NIH Public Access Policy are archived in PubMed Central and linked to related scientific information contained in other NIH databases....
The NIH model has a variety of features that can be evaluated, and there are other ways to offer the public enhanced access to peer- reviewed scholarly publications. The best models may [be] influenced by agency mission, the culture and rate of scientific development of the discipline, funding to develop archival capabilities, and research funding mechanisms....
Input is welcome on any aspect of expanding public access to peer reviewed publications arising from federal research. Questions that individuals may wish to address include, but are not limited to, the following (please respond to questions individually)....[PS: Here omitting the nine questions; but anyone submitting a comment should read and address them.]
Comments (by Peter Suber)
- This is big. We already have important momentum in Congress for FRPAA. The question here is about separate action from the White House. What OA policies should President Obama direct funding agencies to adopt? This is the first major opening to supplement legislative action with executive action to advance public access to publicly-funded research. It's also the first explicit sign that President Obama supports the OA policy at the NIH and wants something similar at other federal agencies.
- Don't forget that FRPAA has to stand in line behind healthcare reform, financial regulation, and climate change. This is the perfect time to open a new front from the executive branch. Also don't forget that the federal funding agencies belong to the executive branch and are subject to executive order.
- Comments are due January 7. Please write one and spread the word, not necessarily in that order. As far as I can tell, comments from non-citizens addressing the nine questions are as welcome as comments from US citizens.
- You can be sure that the publishing lobby will be writing comments. It's vital that the research community be heard as well, loud and clear.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The announcement can be found here, with links leading to the components of the OA program.
Congratulations to everyone at the University of Ottawa (especially Tony Horava for sending me the news right away) for putting together a broad program in a very coherent manner.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Why would a country that has seen lots of public discussion on this topic over the past few years suddenly decide on secret discussions? This doesn't exactly sound like democracy, does it?
Monday, November 02, 2009
This article explains in depth why knowledge makes sense as a public good, and the happy coincidence that this is the month when Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for physics. Ostrom is well-known for her writing on the commons.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This issue of The Dramatic Growth of Open Access features a few key quotable numbers to illustrate the growth and current extent of open access: more than 4,000 fully open access, peer reviewed journals in DOAJ, growing by 2 titles per day; close to 1,500 open access repositories listed in OpenDOAR, adding a new repository every business day; over 30 million free publications through Scientific Commons, growing by more than 20 thousands items per day; more than 20% of the world's medical literature is freely available 2 years after publication, and close to 10% is freely available immediately on publication; 1 more journal decides to submit all or most content to PMC every business day, and growth of open access journals in PMC is one new journal every other business day. The number of open access mandate policies is well over a hundred, and growing rapidly - but also likely understated. If you have a policy, please be sure to register with ROARMAP. This quarter saw some minor setbacks. Most notable (but still small) is a decrease in free content through Highwire Press.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
For links to COPE, see Andrew's post.
Monday, September 14, 2009
More details can be found here:
The announcement/press release: http://hul.harvard.edu/news/2009_0914_compact.html
The website for the compact: http://www.oacompact.org/
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Dear All, I am pleased to announce that the 1st Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing will be broadcast live online at: http://www.river-valley.tv/ in order to broaden the reach of the conference beyond those participants who will be able to physically join us next week. Assuming that there are no technical hiccups, the webcast will begin on Monday September 14th at 12.30 pm Swedish time (11.30 am London/6.30 am in New York), and will continue according to the conference schedule, which can be found at: http://oaspa.org/coasp/sessions.php. If you check the website and find that the webcast is not working, I would encourage you to check back after a while to see if the conference has come back online. The parallel breakout sessions on the second day of the conference, as well as the social events in the evening, will not be broadcast. In addition to the live webcast, we will be recording both the video and audio of all of the conference presentations, which should be made available online within 1-2 weeks after the conference has ended. The recordings of the individual presentations will be posted as soon as they are ready at: http://www.river-valley.tv, and once all of
the presentations have been uploaded we will send out a final announcement. If you will be joining us in Lund, I look forward to seeing you next week. Otherwise, I hope you take the opportunity to check out the conference online.
Chair 1st Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
Caroline Sutton, PhD
Publisher Co-Action Publishing
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
While content recruitment at the local IR may seem slow and painful, from a global / historical perspective, the growth of open access in all its flavors is nothing short of phenomenal. The benefits of the IR for authors and for institutions will become more and more apparent in the near future. The chicken will emerge from the egg, and the IR will be seen as a great career choice. This session will provide an overview of the latest key trends in open access: why we need green as well as gold, both institutional and disciplinary repositories, and open access policies to fill the repositories. Institutional open access policies will be highlighted, introducing different types of policies, what makes for good policy, and approaches to open access policy development at the university.
For details and registration for this and other programs , see the ALCTS Webinar Series.
Congrats also to Harvard on launch of DASH, Harvard's institutional repository.
What an impressive and inspiring start to the semester!
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Hat tip to the Open Access Tracking Project.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Stay tuned to Open Access News for a summary and comments as well as updates like this one.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
[Disclosure: I am part of the E-LIS team].
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Planning to attend the Second International PKP Conference in Vancouver from July 8 - 10, 2009? If so, you should register soon, as the Early Bird rates will be ending June 8!
If not, you might want to take a closer look at our outstanding program with over 50 sessions by a truly international caste of speakers from 6 continents, including experienced library and open access publishers, and leaders in academic publishing technologies and initiatives.
Our prestigious international speakers include:
- John Willinsky, PKP Director and Professor at both the Stanford University School of Education and the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia;
- Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Internationally renowned author and Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature as well as the Director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine;
- Ana Maria Cetto, Investigator, Physics Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Technical Cooperation Leader and Subdirector of the International Atomic Energy Agency;
- Gregg Gordon, Social Science Research Network President and CEO;
- and many more:
This year's conference combines a stimulating mixture of both the theoretical and practical, with several pre-conference and post-conference workshops on Open Journal Systems, Lemon8-XML, Creating Open Access Journals, Networkshops for Editors, Librarians, and Software Developers, and Walking the Talking with the CLA Open Access Interest Group:
Additional conference highlights include:
- An early look at the latest PKP software application, the Open Monograph Press;
- Opportunities for face to face meetings with the PKP Team;
- A software "hackfest" for developers to get together, experiment, and innovate;
- A special focus on graduate students and scholarly publishing;
- And, of course, the beauty of Vancouver in the summer!
We very much hope to see you in July!
Heather G. Morrison
Planning Committee, 2nd International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
BC Electronic Library Network
Don't miss! the
2nd International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference
Vancouver, July 8-10, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
My perspective: information literacy is a key skill for the knowledge age, and the need for librarians to develop and provide instruction will only grow. But why not focus primarily on open access resources, since this is what they will have access to for sure after graduation?
Many librarians, for that matter, are looking for information on how to search for open access information. The top question I've been getting at recent presentations, where I tend to cover just how much OA there is - more than 4,000 journals in DOAJ, over 2.6 million items available in fulltext from PubMed alone, >26 million publications available through Scientific Commons is: so how do I find this stuff? Hint: great topic for a future conference presentation proposal...
Hat tip to Open Access News.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The associations asserted that although the settlement has the potential to provide public access to millions of books, many of the features of the settlement, including the absence of competition for the new services, could compromise fundamental library values including equity of access to information, patron privacy and intellectual freedom. The court can mitigate these possible negative effects by regulating the conduct of Google and the Book Rights Registry the settlement establishes.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
We'll be needed, as on July 1 Peter Suber will be moving on to a full-time commitment to open access at Harvard, as a Berkman fellow. Peter will continue to write the SPARC Open Access Newsletter and contribute from time to time to Open Access News. Congratulations and best wishes to Peter, and to Harvard.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
This is also the 500th post on OA Librarian.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I just posted the Dramatic Growth of Open Access for March 31, 2009
This quarter, the growth of open access has been dramatic in open access journals, open access archives, and, perhaps most noteworthy, open access policies. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is on the verge of an important milestone - 4,000 fully open access, peer-reviewed journals, double the number of the largest commercial publisher. DOAJ is growing at the rate of 2 titles per day. OpenDOAR lists 1,373 repositories, an increase of about 70 this quarter. Scientific Commons now encompasses 26 million items, an increase of 2 million. 663 journals are now voluntarily participating in PubMedCentral, an increase of 119 (22%) this quarter. 447 journals provide immediate free access through PubMedCentral, an increase of 29 (7%) this quarter. There are 11 more open access policies, for a total of 72 policies worldwide, and 4 more proposed policies, for a total of 14 proposed policies. One decrease is noted - not in open access per se, but rather subscription journals providing free back issues: Highwire Press seems to have 212,000 fewer free articles, a decrease of 10%. This is a bit puzzling, as Highwire has added 1 more completely free site, and there is an increase of 11 sites providing free back access. Any background on what is happening here would be most appreciated.
For details and links, go to:
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Hat tip to Peter Suber on Open Access News.
The Public Knowlege Project is pleased to announce the preliminary program for the Second International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, to be held in Vancouver from July 8 - 10, 2009:
- An opening keynote address by PKP founder and principal investigator, Dr. John Willinsky
- Pre-conference Workshops on various PKP software applications and communities:
- A post-conference Workshop on creating open access journals led by Dr. David Solomon and Dr. Caroline Sutton:
- A day-long series of sessions from the Open Humanities Press on monograph publishing:
- A wide range of sessions for editors, libraries, and developers, from speakers from around the world:
Spaces are limited for the workshops and the conference, so please register early to avoid missing out on what promises to be a fascinating conference:
I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!
Heather G. Morrison
PKP Conference Planning Committee /
BC Electronic Library Network
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thanks to Gilbert Bede.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Hat tip to Peter Suber on Open Access News.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Monday, March 02, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
February 11, 2009
Last week, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (Rep. John Conyers, D-MI) re-introduced a bill that would reverse the NIH Public Access Policy and make it impossible for other federal agencies to put similar policies into place. The legislation is H.R. 801: the “Fair Copyright in Research Works Act” (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.uscongress/legislation.111hr801).
All supporters of public access – researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, and others – are asked to please contact your Representative no later than February 28, 2009 to express your support for public access to taxpayer-funded research and ask that he or she oppose H.R.801. Draft letter text is included below. As always, it’s important to let us know what action you’re able to take, via http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action/log.html.
H.R. 801 is designed to amend current copyright law and create a new category of copyrighted works (Section 201, Title 17). In effect, it would:
1. Prohibit all U.S. federal agencies from conditioning funding agreements to require that works resulting from federal support be made publicly available if those works are either: a) funded in part by sources other than a U.S. agency, or b) the result of "meaningful added value" to the work from an entity that is not party to the agreement.
2. Prohibit U.S. agencies from obtaining a license to publicly distribute, perform, or display such work by, for example, placing it on the Internet.
3. Stifle access to a broad range of federally funded works, overturning the crucially important NIH Public Access Policy and preventing other agencies from implementing similar policies.
4. Because it is so broadly framed, the proposed bill would require an overhaul of the well-established procurement rules in effect for all federal agencies, and could disrupt day-to-day procurement practices across the federal government.
5. Repeal the longstanding "federal purpose" doctrine, under which all federal agencies that fund the creation of a copyrighted work reserve the "royalty-free, nonexclusive right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work" for any federal purpose. This will severely limit the ability of U.S. federal agencies to use works that they have funded to support and fulfill agency missions and to communicate with and educate the public.
Because of the NIH Public Access Policy, millions of Americans now have access to vital health care information through the PubMed Central database. Under the current policy, nearly 3,000 new biomedical manuscripts are deposited for public accessibility each month. H.R.801 would prohibit the deposit of these manuscripts, seriously impeding the ability of researchers, physicians, health care professionals, and families to access and use this critical health-related information in a timely manner.
All supporters of public access -- researchers, libraries, campus administrators, patient advocates, publishers, and others -- are asked to contact their Representatives to let them know you support public access to federally funded research and oppose H.R. 801. Again, the proposed legislation would effectively reverse the NIH Public Access Policy, as well as make it impossible for other federal agencies to put similar policies into place.
Thank you for your support and continued persistence in supporting this policy. You know the difference constituent voices can make on Capitol Hill.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Heather or myself anytime.
Director of Communications
(The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)
(202) 296-2296 ext 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
If you are working on OA policy, as always I am happy to review draft documents and make suggestions for approaches to policy (no charge!) - please drop me a line at heatherm dot eln dot bc dot ca or hgmorris at gmail dot com
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thanks to Gavin Baker on Open Access News.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
My detailed comments are on IJPE. See also comments by Peter Suber and Stevan Harnad.
Friday, January 16, 2009
According to the HotStuff 2.0 blog, OA Librarian is presently ranked #9 out of 442 active library-related blogs, a rise of 21 places from #30. I'd say that's a pretty good spot to be in! (The Distant Librarian is in the neighborhood as well, at a definitely not-too-shabby 45).
Here's the background to HotStuff 2.o and the rankings:
"RSS feeds from over 800 library related blogs are collated on a daily basis and analysed in an attempt to discover new and/or interesting topics. Not all of the blogs have posted something new since HotStuff was launched, so the number of active blogs is lower."
"Just for fun, every day the last 3 blog posts from each blog are analysed to give a “Hot or Not” score. Points are gained for using words that haven’t been used frequently in the past, but lost for using words that are declining in popularity. You can see the current scores on the Hot or Not page!"
Thursday, January 15, 2009
*** apologies for cross-posting ***
Due to numerous requests for a postponement, and compatible with the review process and the publication time, the deadline for abstracts submission has been extended to January 29: NEW DATE!
ELPUB 2009 - Final Call for Papers - NEW DEADLINE January 29, 2009 (abstract submission)
Rethinking Electronic Publishing : Innovation in Communication Paradigms and Technologies
13th International Conference on Electronic Publishing
10 - 12 June 2009, Milan, Italy
Electronic publishing via the Internet is continuously changing its shapes and models, challenging traditional players to adapt to new contexts. Innovative technologies enable individuals, scholars, communities and networks to establish contacts, exchange data, produce information, share knowledge. Open access sources and commercial players make contents available for a heterogeneous audience in a diversity of environments. The ELPUB 2009 conference will focus on key issues in e-communications, exploring dissemination channels, business models, technologies, methods and concepts.
See website for detailed author instructions: http://www.elpub.net. All submissions are subject to peer review (double-blind) and accepted by the international ELPUB Programme Committee. Accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Printed proceedings are distributed during the conference. Electronic versions of the contributions will be archived at: http://elpub.scix.net and indexed by the major indexing agents.
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ELPUB 2009 and OAI 6 are just 3 days in time and 400 km in space (4 hours by train, 50 minutes by plane) away from each other: take this unique chance to participate in both, enjoying two exciting scientific events in electronic publishing and scholarly communication and visiting Italy and Switzerland.
ELPUB 2009, www.elpub.net
General Chair: Susanna Mornati, CILEA, Italy
Programme Chair: Turid Hedlund, Hanken School of Economics, Finland
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2009
New look, updated content for ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released an updated version of its popular Scholarly Communication Toolkit in a new format and with updated content. The toolkit continues to provide context and background by summarizing key issues to offer quick, basic information on scholarly communication topics. It also links to examples of specific tools, including handouts, presentations and videos for libraries to adapt and use on their own campuses. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit is freely available at http://www.acrl.ala.org/scholcomm/.
“Library services involve education of the next generation, infrastructure for long term knowledge access and advocacy for rights and practices that lead to a sustainable system of scholarly peer-review, its distribution and preservation," explains Kim Douglas, university librarian at California Institute of Technology and co-chair of ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Committee. “The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit supports library staff seeking to align their programs with an essential byproduct of their parent institutions – the creation, protection, dissemination and archiving of new knowledge.”
“Given the current economic climate, it's natural to ask if scholarly communication activities are a luxury or a distraction,” said Richard Fyffe, librarian of the college for Grinnell College and co-chair of ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Committee. “We define scholarly communications issues as central to the mission of virtually every kind of academic library because they are central to the mission of our institutions. We feel libraries need to maintain a commitment to awareness, understanding, ownership and activism.”
The updated toolkit serves as a resource for scholarly communication discussions inside the library, outreach programs to faculty and administrators and library school students seeking to incorporate these issues into their course work. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee, as part of its efforts to keep the toolkit current, encourages librarians to contribute tools and case studies on their local scholarly communication campaigns. Simply post a comment describing your tool and provide a link in the appropriate tab.
The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit is available online at http://www.acrl.ala.org/scholcomm/.
Thanks to Adrian Ho.
PKP 2009 Conference website:
Call for papers:
About the conference:
The Public Knowledge Project is pleased to announce that the second international PKP conference will be held from July 8 - 10, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The first PKP conference was an overwhelming success with presentations and participants from around the world. A selected set of conference papers was subsequently published in the October 2007 issue of First Monday.
The conference will appeal not just to members of the PKP community, but to anyone interested in trends and developments for scholarly publishing and communication. There will be a wide range of topical sessions on new reading and publishing technologies; open access initiatives; alternative publishing and funding models; national and international collaborative projects; new roles and partnerships for libraries, scholarly publishers and others; and sustainability for open access publishing and open source software. Prospective and first time users of OJS and other PKP software will be able to learn more about the systems and establish contacts with the PKP community. Experienced implementers, developers, and system administrators will have an opportunity to participate in technical sessions and exchange information.
The conference will commence with an opening keynote session on the evening of July 8 convened by John Willinsky, the founder of the Public Knowledge Project. There will be several pre-conference workshops on July 8, and the main conference program will present a combination of concurrent and single track sessions during on July 9 and 10. The conference will conclude with three special symposia on community and network building intended for each of the core PKP constituents: journal editors and publishers; librarians; and software developers.
The conference will be hosted at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus and will be adjacent to a wide range of accommodations, restaurants, and other popular tourist destinations. Please mark the July 8 - 10 dates on your 2009 calendars. The PKP partners look forward to welcoming you to the second PKP conference.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Rethinking Electronic Publishing : Innovation in Communication Paradigms
13th International Conference on Electronic Publishing
10 - 12 June 2009, Milan, Italy
Electronic publishing via the Internet is continuously changing its shapes
and models, challenging traditional players to adapt to new contexts.
Innovative technologies enable individuals, scholars, communities and
networks to establish contacts, exchange data, produce information, share
knowledge. Open access sources and commercial players make contents
available for a heterogeneous audience in diversity of environments, from
business to private life, from educational and cultural activities to
leisure time, and in a large variety of devices, from personal computers to
New opportunities and new needs challenge us to rethink electronic
publishing, to innovate communication paradigms and technologies, to make
information not just a flat equivalent of a paper but a truly digital
format, to allow machine processing and new services, to face the future of
mobile life. The ELPUB 2009 conference will focus on key issues in
e-communications, exploring dissemination channels, business models,
technologies, methods and concepts.
We welcome a wide variety of papers from members of the communities whose
research and experiments are transforming the nature of electronic
publishing and scholarly communications. Topics include but are not
- New publishing models, tools, services and roles
- New scholarly constructs and discourse methods
- Innovative business models for scholarly publishing
- Mobile distribution of e-contents, e-books
- M2M publishing services
- Multilingual and multimodal interfaces
- Services and technology for specific user communities, media, and content
- Content search, analysis and retrieval
- Interoperability, scalability and middleware infrastructure to facilitate
awareness and discovery
- Personalization technologies (e.g. social tagging, folksonomies, RSS)
- Semantic web, metadata, information granularity, digital objects
- Data mining, text harvesting, dynamic formatting
- Knowledge linking, discovery, presentation
- User generated contents
- Usage and citation impact
- Security, privacy and copyright issues
- Digital preservation, content authentication
- Recommendations, guidelines, interoperability standards
Contributions are invited for the following categories:
- Single paper (abstract minimum of 1,000 and maxximum of 1,500 words)
- Tutorial (abstract min. of 500 and max. of 1,000 words)
- Workshop (abstract min. of 500 and max. of 1,000 words)
- Poster (abstract max of 500 words)
- Demonstration (abstract max of 500 words)
See website for detailed author instructions: http://www.elpub.net.
Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and
present their work.
November 15th 2008: Opening date for submission of abstracts.
January 15th 2009: Deadline for submission of abstracts (in all
February 23rd, 2009: Notification of acceptance of submitted proposals.
April 6th, 2009: Deadline for submission of final papers.
All submissions are subject to peer review (double-blind) and accepted by
the international ELPUB Programme Committee. Accepted full papers will be
published in the conference proceedings. Printed proceedings are
distributed during the conference. Electronic versions of the contributions
will be archived at: http://elpub.scix.net and indexed by the major
The ELPUB 2009 conference will keep the tradition of the previous
international conferences on electronic publishing, held in the United
Kingdom (in 1997 and 2001), Hungary (1998), Sweden (1999), Russia (2000),
the Czech Republic (2002), Portugal (2003), Brazil (2004), Belgium (2005),
Bulgaria (2006), Austria (2007) and Canada (2008), which is to bring
together researchers, lecturers, librarians, developers, business
executives, entrepreneurs, managers, users and all those interested in
issues regarding electronic publishing in a wide variety of contexts. These
include the human, cultural, economic, social, technological, legal,
commercial, and other relevant aspects that such an exciting theme
Three distinguishing features of this conference are: broad scope of topics
which creates a unique atmosphere of active exchange and learning about
various aspects of scholarly communications and electronic publishing;
combination of general and technical issues; and a condensed procedure of
submission, revision and publication of proceedings which guarantees
presentations of most recent work. ELPUB 2009 will offer a variety of
activities, such as workshops, tutorials, panel debates, poster
presentations and demonstrations. Social events and sight-seeing tours will
also be available to participants (at additional costs). Please see the
conference web site for details.
Conference Location: Milan, Italy. Milan is the largest metropolitan area
in Italy, one of the largest in Europe: 7,4 million population. It is the
Italian capital of industry and business and well renowned as one of the
world capitals of fashion and design. Milan is one of the oldest artistic
centres in Northern Italy and its surroundings include the beautiful Alps
and the famous Garda, Maggiore and Como lakes. All this makes Milan a
perfect place for sight-seeing, cultural visits and exciting shopping, not
to mention enjoying Italian food and wines.
Conference Host: The State University of Milan is the third largest
university in Italy after Rome and Naples. The venue is the main building,
in the centre of Milan, 3 minutes on foot from the Cathedral. It was made
in 1450 under Duke Francesco Sforza, who also built the famous Castle.
ELPUB 2009 is organized by CILEA, a consortium of Italian Universities
founded in 1974 to promote the use of advanced ICT in academic and research
environments, to support technological transfer and to manage ICT services,
facilities and infrastructures. Within CILEA, the AePIC team deals with
innovative e-publishing technologies and models, promoting Open Access to
knowledge through sustainable online publishing.
Susanna Mornati, CILEA - Inter-Academic Consortium for ICT, Segrate, Italy
Programme Chair: Turid Hedlund, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki,
Conference information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference web site: http://www.elpub.net
Join the "ELPUB Electronic Publishing Conference" group on Facebook:
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by train, 50 minutes by plane) away from each other: take this unique
chance to participate in both, enjoying two exciting scientific events in
electronic publishing and scholarly communication and visiting Italy and