Open Access to Scientific and Technical Information

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 21:59:24 +0100

Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2002 14:38:52 -0500
From: Peter Suber <>

[This important conference doesn't yet have a web page. When it does, I'll
add it to the conference entry on my conference page,
<>. --Peter.]

     ICSTI, the International Council for Scientific and Technical
     Information, will be holding a two day meeting,
     jointly sponsored with INIST
      & INSERM on January 23 and 24 2003 in
     Paris. The subject of the meeting will be "Open Access to
     Scientific & Technical Information, the state of the art" CODATA is an associate in this activity.

     It is designed to fit into the context of the proposed meeting on
     public access in September 2002 organized by the US National Academy
     of Sciences and the UNESCO
     Meeting on Public Domain information scheduled for March 2003.

     The reason for selecting the topic is that OA is seen as overlapping
     with issues of public access but it has specific connotations for
     STI and also, in Europe, public access has different implications
     in different countries, whereas OA affects all STI delivery. The
     meeting is conceived to concentrate on the OA issues with an emphasis
     on Europe, but not exclusively about Europe. The wider issue of
     access by developing countries to STI is seen as part of the OA
     development and therefore the meeting will provide an input to the
     UNESCO activity and also, in part, to the WSIS (World Summit on the
     Information Society) meetings foreseen for 2003 and 2004.

     There will be (among others) a Report by Jack Franklin on his study on the development of OA and the
     [This report will be commissioned by INIST with input to the
     specification by ICSTI and INSERM and the report will be made
     available to the speakers and participants before the meeting.]

     Followed by discussion on the findings by:

     The Publishers Arnoud de Kemp, Springer
     The OAI Technical Community Herbert van de Sompel, Cornell
     [The research community/authors Steven Harnad, Southampton University
                                      Jean-Claude Guedon, U. de Montreal]

     OA is taken to represent the whole spectrum of activities and
     initiatives which are ongoing or planned and which are designed
     to make available scientific and technical information by means
     of modern technologies. It includes but is not restricted to: open
     archives, pre-print servers, initiatives such as the Public Library
     of Science and PubliMed, free availability of journal issues after a
     certain period, etc. It includes overlap with public availability
     issues - such as those being considered by the National Academy of
     Science in the US, on mattters concerning the results of publicly
     funded research.

     The programme details will be finalised by September 2002.
Received on Tue Sep 03 2002 - 21:59:24 BST

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