Open Science: Driving Forces and Practical Realities


A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI, NFAIS,
and hosted by the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK)

The Mumford Room, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE,  Washington, DC 20540

**  Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm  **



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This one-day workshop is a must for anyone involved in managing the flow of scientific and scholarly communication. The Open Science movement has the potential to dramatically change that flowas well as the roles of all involved if the key emerging issues can be resolved. Open government, open data, and open access are all necessary but insufficient movements to make open science a reality. This workshop will explore the technical, financial, political, and social/cultural forces that are driving the movement; the key issues that may impact your organization - issues such as creator/author rights, attribution, information sharing and re-use, machine access and interoperability, preservation of the record of science, etc.; and the policies and tools that are being created to make open science a reality.  Register now to apply funds from the current fiscal year.  In any case, seating is limited so register early!



John King, William Warner Bishop Professor of Information, University of Michigan, will open the day with an overview of the Open Science movement, why it started, how far it has come, and the practical issues that must be resolved to make it a reality. This will be followed by a session on the policies behind open science, which will include both government and researcher perspectives, and will explore the challenges any policy must address in order to catalyze a wholesale shift toward more open science at the community level. Speakers will come from the White House Science Office, Penn State, and Stanford University.

After lunch (which will be provided), speakers from the academic and publishing communities (Drexel University, Harvard University, and Elsevier), will discuss some of the tools that have been created to support collaborative research, tools such as open notebooks, Authorea (manuscript creation software), and Mendeley.   In addition, there will be a case-study panel that will highlight three open science initiatives – the Materials Genome project, Galaxy Zoo, and Mapping the Human Brain.  The speakers will discuss why the projects were started and the challenges and practical issues that have had to be addressed to bring them to fruition.

The day will close with a futuristic assessment of how the open science movement may evolve and what roadblocks must be overcome for its ultimate success presented by Dr. Susan K. Gregurick, Director of the Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology at the National Institutes of Health.

Speakers have been chosen for their expertise in the subject matter to be addressed -- the day will be full of interesting presentations and discussions.

Plan on joining us for an informational and thought-provoking day.



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Jill O'Neill
Director, Communication and Planning

1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1004
Philadelphia, PA  19102-3403
(215) 893-1561  Voice
(215) 893-1564  Fax

Kathryn Simon

Administrative Coordinator,
CENDI Secretariat
c/o Information International Associates, Inc.

104 Union Valley Road
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 298-1234  Voice
(865) 481-0390  Fax

CENDI, the Federal STI Managers Group, was formally created in 1985 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by four charter U.S. government agencies (Commerce, Energy, NASA, and Defense). From this small core of STI managers, CENDI has grown to its current membership of 15 major science agencies involved in the dissemination and long-term management of scientific and technical information.

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™) was founded in 1958 to advance scholarly, scientific, and professional research by enabling members to examine issues of content, technology, and business models integral to their future success.

The mission of the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) is to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and to encourage efficient and effective procurement of information resources.