Announcement: Berlin Open Access Days and Exhibition on Open Access

From: Rubina Vock <rubina.vock_at_FU-BERLIN.DE>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 17:27:06 +0200

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Announcement: Berlin Open Access Days and Exhibition on Open Access


Venue: Freie Universitaet Berlin, 9 and 10 October 2008


Open Access (OA) is an umbrella term covering a multitude of
activities which all have one main aim in common: to make cultural
heritage and scientific knowledge available free-of-charge to users
worldwide. This vision is based on the opportunities provided by
electronic publishing and the Internet. All the major scientific
organisations, most universities, research funders and some
publishing houses have already taken measures in the spirit of OA.


The aim of the Open Access Days in Berlin is to achieve further
acceptance of OA in the German-speaking scientific sector. During the
two-day event, the different ways of making knowledge openly
accessible will be dealt with comprehensively in talks and workshops,
at a podium discussion and at an exhibition devoted to OA.


The Conference and Exhibition are aimed at two main target groups:


The events on Day 1 will provide scientists, authors and science
managers with an overview of the various ways of implementing OA and
information on OA services offered by universities, research agencies
and selected publishers.
Introductory talks will be followed by presentations on such topics
as the assertive negotiation of authors' copyrights and the extent to
which OA and excellent science go hand in hand. During a podium
discussion, representatives of the German science sector will give
their perspectives on OA and discuss current challenges.


Day 2 of the conference is geared especially towards the
German-speaking Open-Access-Community. In workshops, experts from
research agencies, OA repositories and journals and university
presses will give their perspectives on and discuss different aspects
of OA. The aim of these workshops is to develop joint OA
implementation strategies in the various areas discussed.

Topics will include Open Data (free access to research data), legal
issues connected with the institutional implementation of OA, and
challenges encountered when setting up and running OA journals,
repositories and university publishers. In a wrap-up discussion
session, the results of the workshops will be presented to all the


Exhibition on Open Access:

A two-day Exhibition on Open Access will take place within the
framework of the Berlin Open Access Days. The exhibition will give
publishers, repositories, OA-journals and other OA-related projects
the opportunity to present their products and services to a wide
range of visitors from the German-speaking science sector.


Further Information:


The conference language is German.



the information platform and the Center for Digital
Systems at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, in cooperation with the
Helmholtz Association and the Max Planck Society.


Contact person and coordinator:

Rubina Vock (information platform

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Open-Access-Tage Berlin 2008 mit Open-Access-Messe
Dipl.-Psych. Rubina Vock
Freie Universität Berlin
Center für Digitale Systeme (CeDiS)
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