Open Access Week Kick-off Speakers Announced

SPARC and the World Bank have announced the speakers for the Open Access Week 2013 kick-off event to be held Monday, October 21, starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC:

Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association

Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science

Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

The kick-off event will take place at the World Bank. A live blog and webcast of the panel discussion and ceremony will be available for those who cannot attend in person. The event will be recorded and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access Week events. Participants are encouraged to post their questions for the panel in advance and during the event, and to stream the webcast to kick off their own Open Access Week events.

The event will begin with a 60-minute panel discussion, entitled, “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC. Among the topics to be discussed are article-level metrics (ALMs) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured.

Following the panel discussion, winning nominations of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced. Elizabeth Marincola, chief executive officer of PLOS, Robert Kiley, head of digital services, Wellcome Library at the Wellcome Trust, and Alex Kozak, policy analyst, Public Policy and Government Relations at Google, will each announce a winning ASAP nomination. The ASAP program, sponsored by 27 global organizations including Google, PLOS, and the Wellcome Trust, recognizes those who have built upon open access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society.

Following the panel discussion and awards presentation, SPARC will sponsor a reception that will begin at 4:30 p.m.

To attend the event in Washington, DC, in person, register by October 15. Please note that each person in attendance will need a photo ID. Please also allow for time to go through security. No registration is necessary for the webcast.

For more information, visit the Open Access Week website.