The Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane (CRUI), the Università degli Studi di Padova, the Max-Planck Gesellschaft, the European Science Foundation, the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft are pleased to announce that the fifth conference in the “Berlin Declaration” tradition will take place on September 19-21, 2007 in Padova, Italy, with the title Berlin 5 Open Access : From Practice to Impact : Consequences of Knowledge Dissemination.
The aim of the conference will be to bring together the various initiatives and key players within the Open Access movement in order to:
- maintain the enthusiasm of all people involved in the Open Access field,
- have an overview of the developing tools that sustain Open Access in scientific data and cultural heritage dissemination,
- develop the effective strategies that can contribute to the construction and implementation of this new paradigm of the scholarly communication world.
The general subjects of the conference will focus on:
- state-of-the-art of the sharing of the Berlin Declaration vision: survey on the impact of the new paradigm in the institutions that signed the declaration; supporting bodies policies and activities in favour of innovative scholarly communication processes;
- the Open Access scene in the developing countries and emerging economies: strategies, achievements, impact;
- Open Access and the e-science: how to support the free circulation of scientific raw data to facilitate cooperation and effective reuse;
- e-publishing: the emerging of new strategies in scientific data dissemination; estimate of the impact in OA journals: new tools for scholarly evaluation in the growing layer of Open Access publications; the perspective of a changing landscape in the scientific journals policies; progress reports on the transition from reader-pays to author-pays models;
- ICT developments and collaborations that support e-publishing and Open Access.
The conference programme comprises two parallel one-day workshops on Friday 21 September 2007
- The European Science Foundation and the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft are organizing a workshop Shared Responsibilities in Sharing Research Data. It aims to raise the awareness on open access to research data and provide a forum to discuss potential areas of cooperation on this issue.
- Università degli Studi di Padova is organizing a workshop on the Italian initiatives on open access.
The event will take place in Padova, one of the main cultural and economic hubs in the Northeast of Italy. In its superb medieval centre, Padova hosts a well renowned collection of Giotto’s frescoes. September is a very mild month in Italy, when summer slowly yields to autumn in vivid colours.
The conference will be hosted by the Università degli Studi di Padova, among the oldest academic institutions in the world and the home of the famous scientist Galileo Galilei. The University of Padova wishes that this circumstance will bring good auspices for the future of scholarly communication and looks forward to welcoming you in Italy in 2007.