Call for proposals: SPARC Open Access Meeting Innovation Fair

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For immediate release

December 8, 2011

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

Call for proposals: SPARC Open Access Meeting Innovation Fair

Washington, DC – Proposals are now being invited for the SPARC 2012 Open Access Meeting Innovation Fair, where new technologies and strategies will be showcased in engaging, informative, rapid-fire presentations. The Innovation Fair is a highlight to the regular SPARC meeting, now set for the Kansas City Intercontinental Hotel, March 11 through 13, 2012. 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 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 that stakeholders can take to effect positive change. The Innovation Fair invites participants – librarians, technologists, research producers, research funders, publishers, and others – to present, in no more than two minutes, innovative or creative approaches to: use of open content, content discovery, value-added services, impact assessment, commercial and other innovation using open resources, and Open Access advocacy.

The Innovation Fair will be held Monday, March 12, in conjunction with the conference-wide reception. Registration for the meeting is required to attend. Register now. Early bird rates start at $265 for SPARC members and expire January 15, 2012. Hotel reservations are available for the conference rate of $139 per night and must be made by February 17, 2012. Sponsorships are available. 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