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National Policies on Open Access (OA) Provision for University Research Output: an International meeting

Thursday February 19, 2004 at New College, Southampton University
Background information

For a quick overview, see this report with summary comments on presentations.



Restrictive access policies cut readership of electronic research journal articles by a factor of two, Michael J. Kurtz, Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA [document (pdf)]
The Effect of Open Access on citation impact, Tim Brody, Intelligence Agents Multimedia (IAM) Group, University of Southampton, and Heinrich Stamerjohanns, Oldenburg University [document (pdf)]

Morning session
Chair: Helen Hayes, Edinburgh University

10.15-10.30 Introduction and Open Access primer, Steve Hitchcock, Southampton University [presentation slides]
Adam Wheeler 10.30-10.40 Welcome, Adam Wheeler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Southampton University [photograph, Adam Wheeler (left) with Stevan Harnad]

International OA Developments

10.40-11.00 Open Archive Initiatives and research infrastructure in Australia, John Shipp, University of Sydney, and Colin Steele, Australian National University [related presentation slides (large file 1.9MB)]

11.00-12.00 National viewpoints

Impact of OA on science in developing countries (including a report on the recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) meeting), Barbara Kirsop, Electronic Publishing Trust for Development [presentation slides] Related link: WSIS Declaration of Principles (p.4, point 28)
DAREnet: access to Dutch scientific results, Leo Waaijers, SURF/DARE [presentation slides]
Achieving open access to UK research: the work of the Joint Information Systems Committee, Fred Friend, University College London [presentation slides]
OA: A Canadian update, Tim Mark, Canadian Association of Research Libraries [document]
Open Access: The French Approach, Francis Andre, CNRS/INIST [document, author unable to present on the day]
Status report on OA in Germany, Theresa Velden, ZIM in the Max Planck Society [presentation slides]
The OA situation in Norway, Jostein Hauge, Bergen University Library [document]
12.00-12.30 Discussion call:
Mark Thorley, NERC, on Research Councils UK position from their submission to the House of Commons Science & Technology (S&T) Committee enquiry into scientific publications
Bruce Royan, on evidence from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals to the S&T Committee [document]
Prue Backway, DTI, for report on OECD Declaration On Access To Research Data From Public Funding. Related link: OECD Declaration

12.30-1.30 Lunch

Afternoon session
Chair: Liz Lyon, UKOLN, University of Bath

OA and e-scholarship

1.30-1.50 From e-Science to Publication@Source, Jeremy Frey and Mike Hursthouse, Southampton University [presentation slides (large file 3.0MB)]
1.50-2.00 OA and the Arts and Humanities, Michael Jubb, Arts and Humanities Research Board [document]
2.00-2.20 OA: A funder's perspective, Robert Terry, The Wellcome Trust [presentation slides (large file 3.7MB)]

2.20-2.35 Discussion call:

Peter Murray-Rust, Cambridge University, on authors'/scientists' views [Web page]
Neil Jacobs, Bristol University, How can we fill the open archives? Let's recruit organisations to help [document]

Authors and impact: the scale of open access

Don King
2.35-2.55 A case study of the economic impact of OA on a university, Donald W. King (pictured), University of Pittsburgh [presentation slides]
2.55-3.15 Publish or perish: Self-archive to flourish, Stevan Harnad, Southampton University [presentation slides (large file 2.3MB)]

Outcomes and wrap up
Colin Steele
Chairs: Colin Steele (pictured) and Stevan Harnad

3.15-4.00 Discussion on strategy, implementation and the way forward for Open Access [Declaration of Institutional Commitment. Note, a modifiable version of this form will be made available, as proposed in the discussion]

Meeting organiser, Steve Hitchcock, Southampton University, contact

Background information

This is an an invitation-only international meeting, joined by a major group of Pro-VCs and institutional digital information managers from Australia

Background: The recent acceleration of national and international open access policy initiatives; the UK Government inquiry into what actions academic institutions should be taking to promote a competitive market in scientific publications, the consequences for open access on the Research Assessment Exercise and other selection processes; the funding initiative for managing university information by the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (see below).

Purpose: To inform and motivate research funding agencies and research institutions in the UK, Australia and other countries to adopt an holistic approach to the process of research knowledge creation and distribution, which involves examining current incentive systems for rewarding research output. A key catalyst in this process, and a focus of this meeting, will be to encourage and help institutions provide open access to their own research output on a large scale by setting up institutional digital archives of refereed research papers (eprints) to maximise and monitor their research impact.

Target audience: leading researchers, university research funders and administrators, research assessors and evaluators, policy makers, and institutional digital information managers This will be an intensive participation-led event. A short formal agenda - covering national developments on open access in the UK, Australia and elsewhere will be given by leading practitioners, presenting data on the benefits to author impact and research productivity, and mapping out the connections with with e-science and e-humanities developments.

Here are some important examples of recent national and international open access initiatives:

Forthcoming Meeting organiser, Steve Hitchcock, Southampton University, contact
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