The economics of Open Access publishing
1 July 2009
Professor John Houghton spoke about the latest developments in Open Access publishing.
Professor Houghton is internationally respected for his research into the economic impact of Open Access publishing. The publication of "Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models: exploring the costs and benefits" (by Houghton et al and Oppenheime et al) in the UK earlier in 2009 led to vigorous discussions among academic publishers, researchers, libraries and institutions about ways to improve scholarly communication.
Professor Leon Sterling, Director eResearch at the University of Melbourne and Gavan McCarthy, Director of the eScholarship Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, presented their perspectives on Open Access publishing.
This forum was chaired by Professor Peter Rathjen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne.
The Future of Scholarly Communication: Evolutionary Steps or Revolutionary Change
13 August 2009
David Prosser, Director of SPARC Europe, described current developments within the scholarly communications landscape and provided an indicator of possible future directions.
The Internet is having a profound impact on the 300-year-old model of scholarly communication. One of the most powerful new ideas to emerge is open access - the notion that the scholarly research literature should be made available to readers free of charge. This presentation described current developments within the scholarly communications landscape and provided an indicator of possible future directions.
David Prosser was appointed the first director of SPARC Europe in October 2002. Previously he spent 10 years in science, technical, and medical journal publishing for both Oxford University Press and Elsevier Science. He has a PhD in Physics from Leeds University, UK.
SPARC Europe is an alliance of European research libraries, library organisations and research institutions. Its members represent over 100 leading academic and research institutions in over 14 European countries.
Recent developments in digital information management
16 November 2009
A guest lecture by Dr Liz Lyon, Director of the UK Office of Library and Information Networking, a centre of excellence in digital information management, providing advice and services to the library, information and cultural heritage communities. Liz is based at the University of Bath in England.