SPARC MEETING HIGHLIGHTS POWER OF REPOSITORIES FOR DRIVING OPEN ACCESS

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For immediate release
December 9, 2010

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SPARC MEETING HIGHLIGHTS POWER OF REPOSITORIES FOR DRIVING OPEN ACCESS
Meeting outputs now available for community champions to move ahead

Washington, DC – “Reputation management systems,” “new spin on Open Access,” “stretching knowledge bases,” “exposing reality,” and “valuing knowledge exchange at the institutional level” were just a few of the ways participants in the SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting expressed their vision for advancing repository advocacy into the fuller fabric of the Open Access movement. The sentiment is one outcome of the gathering, jointly hosted by SPARC, SPARC Japan/NII, and SPARC Europe, in Baltimore on November 8 & 9, 2010. SPARC has today released summaries, slides, and video from the event.

The SPARC digital repositories meetings have played an integral part in advancing the potential of open online 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. This time, participants indicated the need for a broader meeting and discussion, which highlight repositories in the full Open Access context.

“Repositories are core components of the Open Access movement,” said Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. “They’re deeply integrated with policy moves and at the forefront of managing Open Access to materials above and beyond the scholarly literature – not to mention author rights management and other aspects. It just makes sense that conversations about repository advocacy take place alongside moves to create policies. SPARC’s next biennial meeting, in 2012, will aim to meet this need, and we look forward to working with our members to figure out the best approach.”

The 2010 meeting set forth to explore four key trends: Repository-based publishing strategies, Global repository networks, Open data, and Making the case for financial sustainability. These panel discussions were supplemented with an Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches were highlighted, and a Sponsor Showcase.

Each of the events inspired an active and engaged conversation on Twitter, among attendees and others listening in, in North America and across the Atlantic. Favorite comments included, “Hell hath no fury like a vested interest masquerading as a moral principle,” by George Strawn, Director of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program (on copyright and Open Access) and “with new services, humans are not replaced, they become more efficient” (uncited, by @kolorkid).  

Summaries, plus slides and selected video, are now available through the SPARC Web site here.  

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 was 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), @mire, the Boston Library Consortium, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Data Conversion Laboratory, Duraspace, ePrints, Greater Western Library Alliance, Nellco, NorthEast Research Libraries Consortium, Oracle, and SURFfoundation.

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.