SPARC announces international slate of presenters for November meeting

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For immediate release
September 16, 2010
For more information, contact:
Jennifer McLennan

(202) 296-2296 ext 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

SPARC announces international slate of presenters for November meeting
Early bird registration deadline extended to 9/26

Washington, DC – Leaders, innovators, and practitioners from North America, Europe, and Asia will test new frontiers in online open archives at the 2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The international gathering, organized by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) in cooperation with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, will take place November 8 & 9, with pre- and post-conference events November 7 & 10.
Four timely discussion tracks, organized by the Program Committee, bring together speakers with far-reaching experience:

Repository-based publishing services: Strategies for success (or failure)
Presenters: Nathan MacBrien, Publications Director, Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Mark Newton, Digital Collections Librarian, Purdue University Libraries; Ventura Pérez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Wendy Robertson, Librarian, University of Iowa

Open data
Presenters: Kevin Ashley, Director, Digital Curation Centre; Charles K. Humphrey, Head of Data Research Services, University of Alberta; Gail Steinhart, Research Data and Environmental Sciences Librarian, Cornell University

Global repository networks
Presenters: Neil Jacobs, Programme Manager, Information Environment, JISC; Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information; Martha Giraldo Jaramillo, Executive Director, RENATA [updated 9/27]; and others, to be announced.

Making the case for financial sustainability
Presenters: Suzanne Kriegsman, Program Manager, Office of Scholarly Communication, Harvard University; David Palmer, Scholarly Communications Team Leader, University of Hong Kong, China; Oya Y. Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship Services, Cornell University Library.

Full panel descriptions and speaker biographies are available through the meeting Web site.
The meeting’s four program tracks will be complemented by a host of other engaging event opportunities:

User Group Sessions with ePrints (Sunday), Microsoft (Sunday), and @mire (Wednesday)
The SPARC Meeting Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches will be highlighted (Monday)
Vendor Showcase, where select sponsors will introduce latest products and services (Tuesday)
Workshop on institution-based Open Access modeling (Sunday, Tuesday)

Registration for the User Group sessions and modeling workshop is free but separate. For full details as they emerge, visit the Meeting Web site.

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 is supported by major contributions from Microsoft, the University of Alberta, Digital Commons (by Berkeley Electronic Press), Open Repository (by BioMed Central) and by supporting organizations, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Boston Library Consortium, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Data Conversion Laboratory, Duraspace, Greater Western Library Alliance, Nellco, NorthEast Research Libraries consortium, Oracle,  and SURFfoundation.
The SPARC digital repositories meetings have played an integral part in advancing the potential of repositories to expand the dissemination of scholarship and transform scholarly communication. First held in 2004, the meeting is regularly hosted in the UK or Europe, Japan, and North America, draws hundreds of participants from around the globe, and has helped set the stage for key developments over the past six years.
Early bird registration is available through September 26. Conference rates on accommodation at the Renaissance Hotel are available.
For more information visit here

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC's advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.