17.349 Open Archives Initiative workshop 12-14/2/04

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 349.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 07:59:58 +0000
             From: Thomas Krichel <krichel@OPENLIB.ORG>
             Subject: Third Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative

    Announcement [crossposted]

    CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication:
    "Implementing the benefits of OAI"
    3rd Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI3)

    LIBER, SPARC and SPARC-Europe, and the CERN Library are organising the
    third OAI workshop at CERN, Geneva (Switzerland) on 12-14 February 2004.

    Please see further details and book online at

    The Open Archives Initiative (OAI) was founded in 2000 to bring the
    benefits of open archives-compliant software to the research community and
    launch an international network of institutional repositories.

    Since OAI's founding, there have been many successful applications of the
    technology, and a simultaneous, widespread understanding that open archives
    technology is the foundation for the future of research. In the field of
    scholarly communication there has also been a remarkable evolution: open
    access journals have achieved respectability through the activities of
    BioMed Central and PLoS and the number of such journals is rising;
    scholarly societies are becoming interested in the open access model, and
    we have seen some society publishers adopt the open access model. The
    foremost granting agencies in the U.S. and the U.K. have both issued
    statements supporting open access.

    However, libraries have not yet reaped large benefits from the OAI's success.

    Through publishers' "big deals," more commercial journal titles than ever
    before are accessible, and library budgets are tightly bound to them in
    long-term contracts. Library customers are growing accustomed to the
    enormous comfort offered by the databases of those publishers and, as a
    consequence, switching to alternative models for scientific communication
    has become less and less acceptable. We want to change this.

    The third CERN workshop will bring together librarians and information
    specialists, publishers, scientists and university managers who want to
    bring the benefits of open archives technology and open access publishing
    to libraries. The conference's action-focused agenda will prioritize
    initiatives to be undertaken, in order to increase the impact of OAI on the
    process of scientific publishing.

    [sent on behalf of the OAI3 Organising Committee]

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