As 2010 winds to an end, several information industry-favorite conferences are topping the end-of-the-year agendas. Open access (OA) and digital publishing are just two of the hot topics in November and early December that will attract crowds before the conference scene recesses for the winter holiday break.
Online Information 2010
Online Information (www.online-information.co.uk/ index.html), one of the premier year-end events, is set for Nov. 30-Dec. 2. More than 9,000 visitors worldwide are expected to attend the exhibition in London's Olympia Conference Center, the site for more than 200 exhibitors (including ITI) and an extensive free seminar program in the exhibit hall. The technical program is arranged in the following tracks:
* Exploiting open and linked data
* Harnessing opportunity from the social web and "the cloud"
* Information professionals demonstrating value and impact
* New platforms and user behaviors for delivering content
The opening keynote will be presented by Dion Hinchcliffe, senior vice president of the Dachis Group, consultants on social business design. His keynote is titled Network Shock: How the New Dominance of Social and Mobile are Remaking Life and Business; a closing keynote panel, moderated by Stephen Arnold, will discuss The New World of Search: Insights and Predictions. Look for full blog coverage of this event at www.theconferencecircuit.com.
Open Access (OA)
OA continues to generate spirited discussion at information industry conferences, and there are five meetings scheduled for the remainder of this year:
* The third SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting (www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/dr10), which will meet Nov. 8-9 in Baltimore, offers four tracks: Repository-based publishing services: Strategies for success (or failure); Open data; Global repository networks; and Making the case for financial stability. Michael Nielsen, a quantum computation pioneer, and George Strawn, director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, will keynote the meeting. SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a leader in the open repository movement and has more than 800 member libraries worldwide that are devoted to enhancing scholarly communication through OA.
* BioMed Central and Computer Aid International (www.computeraid.org) are organizing an OA conference in Africa titled Open Access Africa (http:// blogs.openaccesscentral.com/blogs/bmcblog/entry/ open_access_africa), Nov. 10-11 in Nairobi, Kenya.
* Open archives are not much use if they're not accessed by researchers. So on Nov. 16-17, a workshop in Uppsala, Sweden, will examine this issue in Open Archives and their Significance in the Communication of Science (www.slu.se/en/library/about/projects/ oaworkshop). Jan Hagerlid, coordinator of the OpenAccess.se program, will introduce the meeting, which will feature directors of OA programs from several universities, as well as an address by Stevan Harnad, well-known pioneer and OA promoter.
* In India, the National Seminar on Management of Open Access Resources (http://openaccessweek .org/events/2-day-national-seminar-on) will be held Nov. 19-21 in Hyderabad. The themes are familiar to anyone working in the OA field: growth and development of OA, impact of OA in information retrieval, OA and collection development in libraries, users' approach to OA resources, and publication of OA resources.
* Speakers at the Expert Conference on Open Access and Open Data (www.oaod2010.de), which is set for Dec. 13-14 in Cologne, Germany, are all from European organizations. They will review developments in the past 5 years of the OA movement and speculate on the future of OA.
The Periodical Publishing Association has organized a 1-day conference called Digital Publishing 2010 (www. …