[IRTalk] FW: Open Access Symposium 2016 Speakers - John Willinsky & Herbert Van de Sompel

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Mon Sep 5 11:02:32 SAST 2016

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Dear Colleagues,

Meet some of the speakers for the Open Access Symposium 2016. Click here<http://www.openaccess.lib.uct.ac.za/open-access-symposium-2016> to visit the symposium website. Registration is open, reserve your space TODAY,  register here<http://www.exbo.co.za/REG/dynamic_forms/generated_forms/oas_2016_register.php>!

“…we need new indicators [of measuring scholarship] to break out of the status quo” – Herbert Van de Sompel

[cid:image007.jpg at 01D2075B.C6235B70]Herbert Van de Sompel is a Belgian librarian and computer scientist, most known for his role in the development of the Open Archives Initiative and standards such as OpenURL, Object Reuse and Exchange, and the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.

Currently, he is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication.

Van de Sompel is also excited about research his team does in trying to find alternative indicators for the assessment of the quality of scholarly works. He believes that this area of study has the potential for profound impact on the economic and sociologic aspects of the scholarly communication system, since the use of the ISI impact factor has “dominated promotion and tenure reviews and funding decisions… it’s obvious to anyone who understands the problems with scholarly communication that we need new indicators to break out of the status quo. Having alternative indicators to balance the one we currently use should open up the market.”

Another project that Herbert Van de Sompel is working on is the next generation repositories project with the NRF being a partner in the project

"... The real value of learning is sharing what you've learned" - John Willinsky

[cid:image008.jpg at 01D2075B.C6235B70]John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education, Stanford University and Professor (Part-Time) Publishing Studies, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, SFU Library. John Willinsky started Public Knowledge Project in 1998 at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship through the use of new publishing technologies.

While at Stanford University, he retains a partial appointment at SFU where he directs the Public Knowledge Project, which is researching systems that hold promise for improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research. Willinsky founded the Public Knowledge Project and developed Open Journal Software (OJS), a free, open source platform that allowed journals to more easily and affordable publish online. In October 2009 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from SFU for his contribution to scholarly communication.

Willinksy often frames his commitment to Open Access as an issue of social justice. Rather than just being critical of journal pricing, Willinsky says he wanted to respond to a problem that he had observed with a tangible solution to help fix it. For Willinsky, Open Access was a way to positively impact one area of inequity in education – concerning access to knowledge. His contribution to open access is driven by his passion to change the balance of power in publishing as of access to knowledge as a basic human right. Willinsky says “I have also come to believe over the years that the real value of learning is found in sharing what you’ve learned.”

PKP has gone on to develop a portfolio of other open source tools as well, including Open Monograph Press, Open Conference Systems and Open Harvester Systems.

Kind Regards,

Andiswa Mfengu

On behalf of the local organizing committee

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