SPARC/World Bank Open Access Week 2012 Kickoff Webcast “Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress and Pitfalls”

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On Monday October 22nd SPARC and The World Bank Co-sponsored an event entitled “Perspectives on Open Access: Practice, Progress and Pitfalls” at the World Bank. This event served as a kickstart to the sixth Open Access Week.

The distinguished panel of speakers was comprised of experts from the broad range of stakeholders in the Open Access movement: researchers, students, policy makers, publishers and academics. The following speakers discussed why Open Access is an imperative to them, and to their work:

•Michael Carroll, Professor of Law, American University and founding Board Member, Creative Commons

•Matt Cooper, President, The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students

•Maricel Kann, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland and member, PubMed Central National Advisory Committee, NIH

•Carlos Rossel, Publisher, The World Bank

•Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The 90-minute panel was moderated by Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC, and had ample time for questions from audience members both in-person on online. View the World Bank's Live Website to see the collected questions and the video.


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