1st Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

hotspot1st Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
(COASP) 14-16 September

Scandic Star Hotel, Lund, Sweden

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 Registration
* Travel and Accommodations
* The call for proposals has ended.
* Conference Speakers and Schedule (Preliminary, updated as information becomes available)
* Conference Organizing Committee
* Registered Conference Attendees

For more information, contact coasp@oaspa.org

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ERIS at Open Repositories 2009

global.logoThe project has been attending the 4th Open Repositories event 2009 over in Atlanta,  and one of the connections that has been identified is between ERIS and the newly announced Scholars Workbench initiative ,that is championed through Fedora Commons.

The SW is described as;

“The Scholar’s Workbench Solution Community is being established to undertake its own scholarship in this area. It will gather existing information on how scholars use and generate information, and how they manage it, capturing experience that can be shared. It will specifically examine how digital repositories can support the management of information in the support of all aspects of scholarship. Repositories could be the core systems used, or they could underpin the use of other systems through integration with research-specific tools. How can the tools used for scholarship and research be repository-aware, and vice versa?”

Whilst this initiative looks more specifically at the use of repositories at a technical/toolset level, the ERIS project could well be a useful link between researcher/adademics and the development community.  Initial conversations have been held between the ‘owners’ of the SW and I hope to find out more and (potentially) sign up more formally in the first few weeks of June.

Getting off of the ground

TechTowerI’ve set my schedule at the OR09 conference around that of the ERIS project, and it looks like there is quite a lot here that is of relevance. I’ll be tweeting/twittering about things as they happen, and I’ve also set up a blog on wordpress that I hope to develop more over the project. It’s all a bit of a dockyard job at the moment, but I’ll hope that we can all use it, or a similar approach to communication across time. It’s at https://eriscotland.wordpress.com . I’ve also set up a twitter account @ERIScotland and I also suggest that we use ERIScotland as our project tag, if people follow this sort of thing.  A social networking strategy will be part of the project plan you will all be pleased to know!