Sulla lista American-Scientist-Open-Access è stato pubblicato un interessante resoconto poi ripreso in Italia da Susanna Mornati su Open Access Italia (a proposito: iscrivetevi! è una lista molto civile, dove i temi, pur concentrati sull’open access e gli archivi, hanno un respiro molto ampio).
Qual è il punto? Che in una conferenza tenutasi a Manchester qualche giorno fa, alcuni tra i maggiori rappresentanti dell’istruzione e dell’educazione britanniche hanno definitivamente riaffermato l’importanza cruciale dell’open access e della creazione degli archivi per la crescita della società tutta. Qualche stralcio (occhio al quando, e non al se relativo all’affermazione degli archivi e all’accento posto sull’architettura dell’informazione delle interfacce web con cui accediamo ai depositi):
A major conference on digital repositories took place this week in Manchester, attracting nearly 200 delegates from around the UK.
The conference began on Tuesday with an overview from Rachel Bruce, JISC programme director, who explained that although the conference marked the end of JISC’s Digital Repositories programme, this in now way meant the end of JISC’s work and investment in this area.
The vision for repositories
Andy Powell of the Eduserv Foundation gave the first keynote presentation on the ‘Repositories Roadmap’, a vision and forward plan for the establishment and development of repositories in the UK covering the period 2006 to 2010. He said that the report originally suggested that the main challenges were in the areas of policy. However, he continued, “getting the technology right can have a huge impact on policy, culture and working practices.”
The vision for 2010 refers to the wish that a “high percentage of newly published scholarly outputs [be] made on available on terms of open access” and speaks of “a growing recognition of the benefits of making academic content more available”. The question now, as far as these goals are concerned, said Andy Powell, is increasingly “not if, but when…” The situation now might therefore require us to set a more ambitious target than that of a “high percentage”, he said.
Is the vision still right? he asked, suggesting that, broadly speaking, it was but that recent developments in the use of the Web meant that its role as a means of discovery and access needed to be emphasised more. For the user, he continued, a repository is a web site; furthermore, conceptualising repositories as websites forces us to “think about their usability, their information architectures and their accessibility.”
The Depot – an “important milestone”
Dr Keith Jeffrey of the Science and Technology Facilities Council gave the second keynote address. The benefits of open access repositories, he claimed, include faster “research turnaround”, improved quality for the originators of research as colleagues were able review the research more easily, as well as improved quality for the community in general. They also support innovation, he continued, improve education and public engagement with science and research and enhance an institution’s standing.
Repositories ‘vital to the UK economy’
The second day of the conference began with a keynote presentation by Professor Drummond Bone, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and President of Universities‘Like JISC, Universities UK believed furthermore that the benefits of repositories included improved efficiency of research processes, greater cooperation, improved learning and teaching, a commitment both to preservation and to wider access.’ UK who began by saying that Universities UK was “firmly behind” JISC’s approach to the development of open access repositories, suggesting that repositories were “vital to universities’ economies and to the UK economy as a whole.”
Potete leggere l’intero resoconto sul sito del JISC.