Discussing Open Access in the land of Open Access

Stop #3 on World Opportunity Tour: Public Knowledge Project Scholarly Publishing Conference in Mexico City. 

We’ve arrived at the Public Knowledge Project Scholarly Publishing Conference in Mexico City. Couple things: first, Mexico CIty is a very interesting city and significantly different than Singapore. Second, I originally thought of titling this post as No Opportunity considering the last two posts (2013 Fiesole Collection Development Retreat and American Accounting Association Annual Meeting)  because this stop doesn’t have “opportunity” in the theme title. However, I chose not to since “opportunity” is in the description:

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) are pleased to announce the Fourth International PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, which will be held from August 19 – 21, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico.

This is the first time that the PKP Conference is being held in Latin America, a region of the world that publishes almost exclusively in Open Access. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for exchange on innovative work in scholarly publishing, with a focus on the contributions of open source technologies. We look forward to hosting editors, publishers, librarians, researchers, developers, content aggregators, and PKP’s growing user community from around the world.

Previous International PKP Scholarly Publishing conferences have brought together a remarkable array of presentations and participants from around the world. We anticipate an equally valuable experience in 2013.

My presentation today is on, The Interesting Impact of Open Access :

Open Access is here to stay. More scholarly content is being created each day than ever before. And it is far more accessible. This surfeit of information allows interesting mash-ups of interdisciplinary ideas and approaches to create new innovative research. It is also overwhelming. 

Citations, downloads, links, likes, tweets, and a variety of other metrics provide a basis for evaluating scholarly information but they are limited. They don’t do enough across the broad communication landscape and can, intentionally or unintentionally, be manipulated. The reader needs cognitive flexibility to balance the vast array of content, metrics, and commentary and content providers need to rethink the scholarly communication user interface. 

Based on experiences at SSRN, currently the number one scholarly repository in the world, the presentation will outline the growth in interdisciplinary sharing and innovative research. It will also discuss the need for a new scholarly communication interface and partnering models that provide real value to their scholarly communities, including some concerns and possibilities for the future.

The session also include great discussion from:
The overall mix of people and projects this week is incredible. There are a number of organizations helping Latin America grow its Open Access publishing, including PKP and UNESCO through CLACSO and other efforts. And, what I’ve learned is that I’m the one with the opportunity – the opportunity to discuss Open Access in the land of Open Access …
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