ELAG 2013

Both the ELAG2013 workshop and the OpenAIRE/LIBER and THATCamp pre-conferences might be of interest for #openaccess and #opendata people

ELAG 2013 May 28 – May 31, Ghent, Belgium

Registration for ELAG 2013 is now open!

ELAG is the annual conference of the European Libraries Automation Group.

ELAG 2013, the 37th ELAG conference, will take place in Ghent, Belgium from May 28th until May 31st 2013.

ELAG is Europe’s premier conference on the application and development of information technology in libraries and documentation centres. The annual ELAG (European Library Automation Group) Conference expects  over 200 participants from all over the world (mainly library and IT professionals and researchers).

This year’s tag line will be ‘Inside Out Library’: while ELAG 2013 will still be focused on specific, library related IT issues, we want to expand the aim and target audience by addressing innovative topics such as Open Access. ELAG 2013 will also host two pre-conferences: THATCamp, which focuses on researchers in the digital humanities, and an OpenAIRE workshop.

ELAG 2013 is hosted by Ghent University Library and the Ghent University Faculty Library Arts & Philosophy.

ELAG 2013.

I love open access

IloveOAFollowing the publication in Le Monde newspaper of the article Savoirs. Un bien public convoité, [1] (Knowledge. A sought after public good) a community of university officials, teachers-researchers, publishers and library directors have wished to respond and express their support for open access to research results by publishing in Le Monde an opinion column entitled Qui a peur de l’open access? (Who’s afraid of Open Access?)

You can now back this movement by also signing the opinion piece on the site I love open access.

Le Monde has also subsequently launched an appeal for testimonies from people concerned: Chercheurs, quels sont selon vous les défauts du système actuel de diffusion des connaissances? (Researchers, according to you what are the flaws in the current system of disseminating knowledge?)


[1] Cabut, Sandrine and Larousserie, David. Savoirs. Un bien public convoité. In : Le Monde (March 2, 2013). Also read: A qui appartient le savoir? (To Whom Does Knowledge Belong ?).

The Elsevier Boycott, one year later

Gowers's Weblog

A few days ago was the anniversary of the beginning of the Cost of Knowledge boycott of Elsevier. It seems a good moment to take stock of what the boycott has achieved and to think about what progress has or hasn’t been made since it started. This post is a short joint statement by many of the people who signed the original Cost of Knowledge statement last year. At some point in the not too distant future I plan to write a longer post giving a more personal view.

The Elsevier boycott: where do we now stand?

In the first few months after the boycott started, the number of signatories grew very rapidly. The growth is now much slower, but this was to be expected: given that, for understandable reasons, no editorial boards of Elsevier journals were ready to take the drastic step of leaving Elsevier, it was inevitable that…

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Open Access at the 6th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar

On 26-27 November 2012 the 6th Scholarly Communication Seminar of UNICA, the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe, took place in Brussels, at the Université libre de Bruxelles and at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Belgium. Open Access was among the topics addressed during the conference.Continue reading “Open Access at the 6th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar”