George Strawn and Michael Nielsen to deliver keynotes at the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting

Michael Nielsen, a quantum computation pioneer, and Dr. George Strawn, Director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, will headline the fall 2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The international gathering, organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) in cooperation with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, will take place November 8 & 9.

The two thought-leaders will discuss how open online archives hosted by universities, colleges, and government agencies can contribute to the full realization of the potential of networked digital technology for advancing research and scholarship. Nielsen, author of Reinventing Discovery (Princeton UP, 2011), will kick off the meeting with a talk about the future of science and the potential benefits of greater openness for transforming scholarly communication, increasing collaboration, and advancing research.

Strawn will deliver a luncheon keynote address and share his view from the NITRD perspective on the promises and possibilities of a networked science environment. He will cover developing trends and suggest action the Open Access community can take to ensure that access and use of digital information is maximized.

Joining the keynoters will be panelists from around the world who will look at four key trends identified by the program committee for deeper exploration, including: Repository-based publishing services: strategies for success (or failure); Open data; Global repository networks; and Making the case for financial sustainability. Speakers will be announced in September.

Program tracks will be supplemented with an Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches will be highlighted, Vendor Showcase, and User Group Sessions.

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 is supported by major contributions from Microsoft, the University of Alberta, Digital Commons (by Berkeley Electronic Press), Open Repository (by BioMed Central) and by supporting organizations, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Boston Library Consortium, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Data Conversion Laboratory, Greater Western Library Alliance, North Eastern Research Libraries, Oracle, and SURFfoundation. User group sessions will be hosted by @mire, ePrints, and Microsoft.

The SPARC digital repositories meetings have played an integral part in advancing the potential of repositories to expand the dissemination of scholarship and transform scholarly communication. First held in 2004, the meeting is regularly hosted in the UK or Europe, Japan, and North America, draws hundreds of participants from around the globe, and has helped set the stage for key developments over the past six years.

Early bird registration closes September 12. Proposals to the Innovation Fair are due August 15. Conference rates on accommodation at the Renaissance Hotel are available.

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