In June, I was honoured to chair two European library conferences. The first was the 8th OAI Workshop on Current Developments in Scholarly Communication at the University of Geneva. This is a regular series of Workshops which takes places in Geneva every two years. The Programme can be seen here and the presentation powerpoints are clickable from the Programme. There were 296 registered delegates, a record for the OAI series.
The Workshop is designed to showcase scholarly communication developments for libraries, publishers, policy makers, research funders and researchers. There were presentations on policy developments, tool development, the progress of Open Access in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, research data and lots more.
The Workshops are the major showcase for Open Access in the year in which they are held. For me, the sessions on research data were particularly important. UCL has just approved its policy for the management of research data. It places important obligations on UCL Library Services and the Library is keen to meet the challenge. Data-driven research represents a revolution in the way research is undertaken and there is an important role for libraries to support researchers as we move forward.
At the end of June, I also chaired the 42nd LIBER Annual Conference at Munich, hosted by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The Conference website can be found here. Presentations and video summaries from each of the 3 days of the Conference are available here.
The LIBER Conference is held each year and is the major library conference in Europe for academic and research libraries, attracting just under 400 registrations in 2013. The Programme was wide ranging. We were pleased to have Professor Geoffrey Boulton from the Royal Society address the Conference on the issue of data-driven science. I also gave a presentation on the role of libraries in the wake of the data deluge.
LIBER 2014 will be in Riga in Latvia, and then in 2015 it will be in London, where it will be co-hosted by UCL Library Services and Senate House Libraries. There will be plenty of opportunities for colleagues in UCL Library Services to help with Conference organisation and to attend Conference sessions.
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