The 2017 Fall Seminar will kick off with an innovative session on New Directions in Access to Research. The current drive for open research aims to facilitate discovery, dissemination, and evaluation of scholarly information. The goal is to ensure that work is accessible to all who seek to learn and build on published results to feed back into the researcher cycle. The seminar will be held on October 4, 2017 at the AAAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Moderating this session is Meg Oakley, Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communications at Georgetown University. We asked Oakley to tell us more about this session…
What can attendees expect from this session and why should they attend?
In the New Directions in Access to Research session, attendees will hear from two experts about the innovative ways in which their organizations are working to expand access to research. Anyone interested in learning more about how emerging technologies can streamline access to scholarly research should attend this session.
Tell us a little bit about the presenters. How were they selected?
Presenters for this session were chosen to highlight innovative approaches to openness that facilitate creating, finding, and accessing openly available materials. For example, Ashley Farley from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will speak about the Foundation’s work promoting open access, including the new Chronos platform, which helps researchers manage the open access publishing process, ensuring that publication falls within the Gates open access policy.
Why do you think this topic is important and timely?
The speakers of this program will discuss how their organizations are working to ensure that research, including but not limited to, the final published paper, is widely available and accessible. These innovations in the scholarly publishing process broaden the reach of research and therefore may increase the impact of research results.
What do you hope attendees will take away from this session?
Attendees will learn how innovative policies on open access and supporting technologies can transform how we access research results.