SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition have just announced OpenCon 2016! It will be held in Washington, DC on November 12-14, and will be hosted at the American University College of Law. The OpenCon is the largest worldwide conference on Open Access, Open Science and Open Education.
More information on the upcoming conference at http://www.opencon2016.org/2016_announcement
On February 16, 2016, our local Open Access Ambassadors at the MPI for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg organized a meeting on “Open Access Publishing and Open Science” in cooperation with the institute library.
After a short introduction and a general overview on Open Access by Head Librarian Kristina Reinhold, it was time for the first talk by PLoS Paleo Community editor and ScienceOpen Communications Director Jon Tennant. In his talk on “Open Access as a junior researcher” he presented an overview on the current state of scientific publishing and made a strong case for why open access publishing is particularly important for young researchers. After a short break for coffee and discussion, Kai Geschuhn gave an overview of the Open Access activities within the Max Planck Society and the role of the Max Planck Digital Library. Key aspect of the talk was the large-scale transformation to an Open Access publishing model promoted by MPDL.
The event was concluded by a short overview of the Open Access and self-archiving services at the MPI library and a presentation about “Paywalls, preprints, science platforms” by the local OA ambassadors Jan Heiland and Robert Flassig.
With its compelling and informative presentations and lively discussion, the event was successful in furthering Open Access in the Max Planck Society and beyond.
On December 12, 2015, the Max Planck Open Access Ambassadors from the Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) and the Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (MPI CIS) in Leipzig organized a Satellite event to the OpenCon in conjunction with the MPI CBS library. Find a summary of the event including links to the presentations and videos below.