John Wilbanks to keynote SPARC Open Access Meeting

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For immediate release
January 12, 2011

For more information, contact:
Jennifer McLennan
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121

John Wilbanks to keynote SPARC Open Access Meeting
March meeting will explore intersection of “open” movements

Washington, DC – SPARC has announced that John Wilbanks, Fellow of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and recent Vice President of Science at Creative Commons, will deliver the opening keynote address at its March Open Access meeting, at the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel, March 11 through 13, 2012.

The opening keynote will invite participants to consider the impact of “open” beyond access to journal literature and basic research. Wilbanks will bring his unique experience and perspective to an exploration of the intersection of Open Access to articles, data and open educational resources, and examine the ways various stakeholder communities are responding to new opportunities. He’ll help to identify issues and opportunities for collective action emerging at the point of convergence for the library community to consider.

Wilbanks’ tenure at Creative Commons followed a fellowship at the World Wide Web Consortium in Semantic Web for Life Sciences. Prior to that, he founded and led Incellico, a bioinformatics company that built semantic graph networks for use in pharmaceutical R&D, and served as the Assistant Director at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.  Seed magazine named Wilbanks as one of their Revolutionary Minds of 2008, calling him a "Game Changer" and the Utne Reader named him in 2009 as one of "50 Visionaries who are Changing your World." In 2011 Scientific American featured Wilbanks in The Machine That Would Predict The Future.  His full biography is available at

The SPARC Open Access 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, Switzerland in alternating years. The SPARC 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 stakeholders can take to effect positive change.

The SPARC 2012 Open Access Meeting is generously supported by @mire, Copernicus Publications, the Boston Library Consortium, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium. Information on sponsorship opportunities is available at

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Hotel reservations are available for the conference rate of $139 per night and must be made by February 17, 2012.

For more information, visit the meeting Web site at


SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a library membership organization that promotes expanded sharing of scholarship. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of outputs of the research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. SPARC is supported by a membership of over 800 academic and research libraries worldwide. SPARC is on the Web at