Open Access Week 2013 Kick Off Event: Redefining Impact

Event Date: 
Monday, October 21, 2013
Event Location: 
World Bank

Celebrate Open Access Week in Washington, DC and Online 

Washington, DC – SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank are pleased to announce the following speakers for the Open Access Week 2013 kickoff event on Monday, October 21st starting at 3:00pm EDT in Washington, DC:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities 
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy
The kickoff event will take place at the World Bank. A LiveBlog and webcast of the panel discussion and ceremony will be available for those who cannot attend in person. The event will be recorded and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access events. No registration is necessary for the webcast. Participants are encouraged to post their questions for the panel in advance and during the event at, and to stream the webcast to kick off their own Open Access Week events.
The event will begin with a 60-minute panel discussion, entitled, “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. Among the topics to be discussed are Article Level Metrics (ALM’s) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured. 
Following the panel discussion, winning nominations of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced. Elizabeth Marincola, Chief Executive Officer of PLOS, Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services, Wellcome Library at the Wellcome Trust, and Alex Kozak Policy Analyst, Public Policy and Government Relations at Google will each announce a winning ASAP nomination. The ASAP Program, sponsored by 27 global organizations including Google, PLOS, and the Wellcome Trust, recognizes those who have built upon Open Access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society. For more information on the ASAP Program, visit
Following the panel discussion and awards presentation, SPARC will sponsor a reception that will begin at 4:30pm.
To attend in person to the event in Washington, D.C., please register by October 15th. Please note each person in attendance will need a photo ID. Please also allow for time to go through security.

The World Bank was recently named as SPARC Innovator for its implementation of a new open access policy, which included the launch of the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) in 2012. The World Bank opened its data to the public in 2010.

For information about Open Access week events and information please go to

For additional details, please contact:

Andrea Higginbotham

andrea [at] arl [dot] org

(202) 296-2296 x 121


Devika Levy

Dlevy [at] worldbank [dot] org