Berlin 4, Potsdam-Golm, 2006

Challenges, Experiences, Perspectives in an Open Access World

The Berlin 4 Conference, Open Access – From Promise to Practice, was held in March 2006 at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam. One of the focal topics of the conference was free access to raw scientific data in the interest of transparency in scientific research on the one hand, and as a means of promoting international and interdisciplinary cooperation on the other.

"The aim of this international conference is to bring together the various initiatives and key players within the Open Access movement. Key-notes, lectures and reports will cover a wide range of subjects. Authors’ attitudes towards Open Access are addressed as well as issues with regard of  Open Access to scientific (raw) data. One session will be devoted to “Open Access to cultural heritage”.

Visions of new forms of scholarly communications will be presented as well as first concrete experiences. Specific attention will be given to the issues of Open Access in developing countries.

Among the speakers are well-known Open Access experts, providing an review of recent Open Access developments, scientists from different fields like biology or astrophysics, reporting on their experiences with Open Access. We are looking forward to learning first results from CERN’s Open Access task force.

Among the speakers are (in alphabetic order)

Lars Jensen, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Jürgen Renn, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Laurent Romary, CNRS

Peter Suber, Public Knowledge

Alma Swan, Key Perspectives

Wolfgang Voges, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

Rüdiger Voss, CERN

John Wilbanks, Science Commons

Astrid Wissenburg, Research Councils UK

The “Berlin 4” meeting will bring together people who can make a difference to the cause of Open Access. Join us!"


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