[A2k] SPARC OA meeting: Keynote announced and Early Bird registration ends Sunday!

Carolina Rossini carolina.rossini at gmail.com
Thu Jan 12 14:27:50 PST 2012

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From: Jennifer McLennan <jennifer at arl.org>
Date: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Subject: [BOAI] SPARC OA meeting: Keynote announced and Early Bird
registration ends Sunday!
To: jennifer at arl.org

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

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

Register now through http://sparc.arl.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=94.
Early bird rates start at $265 for SPARC members and expire January 15,

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 http://www.arl.org/sparc

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Programs & Operations
jennifer at arl.org
(202) 296-2296 x121
Fax: (202) 872-0884
The SPARC Open Access Meeting
March 11 - 13, 2012
Kansas City
Open Access Week 2012
October 22 - 28

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