The main program will take place Monday, March 12 from 9am to 6pm, and Tuesday, March 13 from 9am to 4pm.
Select pre-conference events will be held Sunday, March 11 from 12 - 5pm. At this time the only pre-conference meeting is a member-only meeting of COAPI (Coalition of Open Access Institutions).
Breakfast, breaks, and lunch are included in the registration fee -- plus the reception on Monday.
With a focus on “Collaborative strategies for advancing scholarship,” the program will examine recent developments and track key trends in the growth of open-access practices and policies in the scholarly and scientific research arenas.
The SPARC meeting expands on the popular SPARC Digital Repositories meetings, hosted biennially since 2004, and will provide a North American-based complement to the popular “Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI)” workshop held in Geneva in alternating years. The SPARC Open Access meeting will be a regular forum for a full discussion of Open Access as an emerging norm in research and scholarship, and will emphasize collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to effect positive change.
The program, developed by librarians, publishers, analysts, scholars, and technologists from five countries, will consider developments across four topic areas:
9:00AM Opening Ceremony & Keynote
11:00AM National and institutional policy adoption – the impact on faculty workflows and the role of the library
Will review the landscape of campus open access policies in the US, reflecting on types of policies; emerging issues and practices, with examples from various campus implementations; publisher responses; the formation of a new coalition of open access policy institutions and its role; and open access funds as another aspect of transforming scholarly publishing in the direction of more open access to research.
12:30PM [Lunch] "Birds of a feather eat together" discussions
2:00PM Digital repositories – building a worldwide infrastructure alongside trust for authors and users
Until recently, the predominant role of open repositories has been to support the dissemination of research outputs. However, digital repositories are not simply institutional tools for providing access to research papers. They are also being used to measure research impact and are being incorporated into local and national research assessment processes. They collect much more than research papers, and are being used to share research data, amongst other things. Open repositories are becoming a key element in the broader international e-research ecosystem. They have the potential to form a global network providing unified preservation, access, and re-use of research outputs. However, these new roles for repositories also require new approaches, not only technological but organizational and political. Interoperability will be a critical feature as repositories become further integrated into research processes, and it will be necessary for the repository community to collaborate closely together, and engage actively with the other components of the e-research ecosystem. This session will provide an overview of the changing landscape for open repositories, and present some specific examples of how repositories are evolving beyond static tools to become more active players within e-research and scholarly communication.
4:30PM Innovation Fair & Conference-wide Reception
6:30PM "Birds of a feather eat together" discussions
8:00AM Breakfast & Sponsor showcase
10:20AM Author rights – key developments and the demand for new tools and practices to maximize the potential for sharing through re-use.
The Current Complexities of Author Rights in a Global, Open (or not) Access Environment
This panel will address current issues surrounding the rights and reuse of research and scholarship production, in three segments: author rights and creative commons licensing; rights and open data; and publisher agreements. Speakers will address major trends and issues regarding: the strategy of negotiating with publishers to include author-rights language in content licenses; the use and adoption of Creative Commons licenses; the complexities of the rights issues for sharing open data; and strategies for working with key players, including authors, publishers, and research sponsors to advance open access.
12:00PM [Lunch] "Birds of a feather eat together" discussions
1:30PM Open-access publishing – the explosion of gold OA publishing and how libraries are working to support it.
3:30PM Closing session
5:00PM "Birds of a feather eat together" discussions