OAI7 Workshop at CERN – Attending? Yes!

The Globe - CERNs visual landmark

The Globe - CERNs visual landmark

CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication also known as OAI7, will be held at the University of Geneva on 22-24 June 2011.

Main themes will involve Open Access publishing, integration and advocacy, heading towards machine-actionable scholarly communication, Open Science and a Web of Data. Below is my selection of themes to be presented on the plenaries, and to be attended accordingly.

The proceedings of the conference can also be followed on twitter using the #OAI7 hashtag.

Plenary: Open Access Publishing, Integration and Advocacy

Salvatore Mele, head of Open Access projects at CERN, also the interim project manager for SCOAP3 and coordinator of the SOAP and ODE projects, financed by the European Commission to study opportunities in Open Access publishing and Open Data, author of the slides that discuss what 40,000 scientists think about open access, available on the web, will make a presentation on Open Access Publishing: what publishers offer, what scientists want. Final results from the SOAP projects. Mele is also an architect of the INSPIRE, a next-generation information system for High-Energy Physics. INSPIRE uses the Invenio digital library technology developed at CERN. Mele used to lead scientific teams which measured fundamental physics constants, hunted for the Higgs boson and searched for extra dimensions at the CERN LEP accelerator.

Heather Joseph, SPARC director, focused on supporting the development of new publishing strategies and business models, and advocating for national and international policies that encourage the adoption of Open Access as central principle of research and scholarship will discuss the necessity to raise awareness about open access movement. Today, membership in SPARC numbers nearly 800 institutions in North America, Europe, Japan, China, and Australia. She will contribute with a discussion around SPARC, Washington DC, advocacy at the national and international level.

Alma Swan from OASIS, a convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, the organisation of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship, and one of the idea creators of Open Access Map, together with Astrid Van Wesenbeck from SPARC, highly involved in setting up new Open Access Journals, managing Open Access projects and implementing Open Access Policies will hold a workshop answering all of our questions about OA and OAI that we were afraid to ask.

Cristoph Bruch, head of Open Access Unit at Max Planck Digital Library that also participated in the SOAP project, funded by European Commission and UNESCO appointed ‘lead moderator’ for the topic “Preservation of Scientific Data” together with Barbara Kalumenos, Director of Public Affairs at STM, the association that counts over 110 members in 21 countries who each year collectively publish nearly 66% of all journal articles, will hold a presentation on Observing the Impact of Green Open Access: The PEER Project.

Mark Patterson, an editor at PLoS, that helped to launch several of the PLoS Journals and was appointed as Director of Publishing in 2005, that also helped to found and serve on the Board of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, will start a discussion around re-engineering the functions of journals.

Ivo GRIGOROV, an oceanographer and a strong advocate for Open Access since 2008, specifically focusing on open access to data and peer-review publications across all climate-related disciplines, that together with colleagues and other Open Access advocates organizes the annual training  Open Access for Climate Scientists will try to explain Annual Index and Ranking for Institutional Open Access Performance.

Plenary: Towards Machine-Actionable Scholarly Communication

Herbert Van De Sompel has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Currently, he works with his team on the Open Annotationand Memento (time travel for the Web) projects. He will hold a tutorial on both of the projects. He will also lead the plenary: “Towards Machine-Actionable Scholarly Communication”.

The plenary will witness contribution from Sean Bechhofer, a participant in W3C Working Groups developing Semantic Web languages, responsible for the development of editors and APIs to support the development and use of OWL ontologies and SKOS vocabularies, also a writer for the Humbly Report. He will discuss Exchange and Reuse of Digital Objects.

Jonathan Deering, a software developer will present a T-PEN tool, a transcription tool for digital humanities, which combines image processing techniques and an intuitive user interface to make transcribing manuscripts from digital images a much more pleasant and productive process.

Plenary: Open Science

Projects such as SETI@home searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, LHC@home simulating CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, and GalaxyZoo cataloguing millions of astronomical images, have demonstrated how thousands of dedicated volunteers can make a big difference to fundamental science. To build on this success, a sustained effort is required, in the form of a Citizen Cyberscience Centre. CCC provides funds for similar cyberscience projects. François GREY, the coordinator of the Citizen Cyberscience Centre in Geneva, will hold a discussion on The Rise of citizen cyberscience and its impact on professional research.

Cameron Neylon, an advocate of open research practice and improved data management, that currently works as Senior Scientist in Biomolecular Sciences at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and makes Science in the Open his online home, where he frequently expresses his open views, will make a  presentation on Technical, Cultural, and Legal Infrastructure to Support Effective Open Scientific Communication.

Victor Henning, the co-founder and CEO of Mendeley, a researchers tool that had the most amazing growth story of the first quarter of 2011, jumping half a million articles downloadable for free, from 300,000 to 800,000, with growth of 171% in just one quarter, will present Mendeley as a component in the open science infrastructure.

Plenary: Web of Data

Anja Jentzsch, a Linked Data enthusiast, and a participant of projects such as DBpedia, Silk and LODD, that try to link different data sets to ask sophisticated queries, creating knowledge out of interlinked data, will present her idea of Linked Data – Towards a Web of Data.

Other presenters will include members of LIBER which encompasses more than 420 national, university and other libraries from more than 40 countries, presenters from Trinity College in Dublin and their fully-integrated institutional repository TARA, as well as presenters from JISC, which provides JANET, UK’s education and research network, access to electronic resources, new environments for learning, teaching and research, and other innovative uses of new digital age technologies and more.

InTech, as an Open Access publisher will attend the conference, their representatives being their community manager, properly, the author of this blog post, and our Library and Information Service Coordinator. Looking forward to immersing ourselves into the world of open values.

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