Biological Research with Open-Access Publications (OAP)

From: Guillermo Julio Padron Gonzalez <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 17:45:43 +0100

                        CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

        Biological Research with Open-Access Publications (OAP)
                   Part of the joint conference on
   Text in Biology: Biological Research with Information Extraction
            & Open-Access Publications (BRIE & OAP) 2001
             A satellite event at the ISMB'01 conference

                          Copenhagen, Denmark
                            Tivoli Gardens
                            July 26, 2001
                            9 AM to 5 PM



  Copyright on scientific communications (published articles and so
  forth) belongs to publishing companies and not to authors, for most
  publications. Scientists wishing to share relevant communications,
  even their own in some cases, face legal challenges from publishers.

  Publishing companies charge expensive subscriptions to access
  scientific communications. Scientists in developing countries and
  poorly-endowed institutions, although intellectually on par with
  their peers, are severely handicapped by this.

  With a limited budget, to which journals should one subscribe?

  This may be the result of a competitive marketplace for readership,
  but is there an alternative to profit-based publications? Should
  there be? Can an alternative publication model be profitable for a

  Additionally, even with the advent of computers, databases, and the
  World Wide Web, scientific communications are published as they were
  100 years ago: as linear, printable text. And they are archived this
  way. While this makes good reading, it is not the best format for
  information retrieval or extraction.

  All of these problems restrict information retrieval, extraction, and
  scientific inquiry. How do we resolve them? As the ultimate solution,
  should future communications be published in an "open-access, global
  knowledge-base"? Before or after information extraction techniques
  are applied?



  We identify several obstacles to information retrieval and
  extraction: copyright restrictions, costly subscriptions, artificial
  segregation of communications, and archival of information in a
  manner not suited for information retrieval and extraction. And we
  seek to discuss the concept of "open-access publications" and if it
  is a viable solution to these problems. OAP also serves as a "Birds
  of a Feather" (BoF) meeting for, an organization
  committed to freedom and openness in the field of bioinformatics.



  We are seeking several speakers who can address how the above
  problems might be solved. Topics may include author-owned copyrights,
  free or inexpensive subscriptions, uniform and multiple categories
  for communications, and archival of information in a manner suited
  for information retrieval and extraction, for example, knowledge



  Platform presentations only
  Submit abstracts by: June 15, 2001
  Decisions by: June 30, 2001
  Submissions to:
  Acceptable formats: PDF, postscript, RTF, MS Word
  Length: one page maximum
  PLEASE: include name, contact details, affiliation



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