Global participation in e-research and scholarly communication: Open access strategies for African institutions

What are the emerging trends in e-research, scholarly communication and open access?
What do these trends mean for institutions?
What is the role of open access in the context of development?
What does the university need to do to align itself as a global research partner?

The Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP), OpenUCT and Berlin10 invite you to a seminar and discussion on the key trends in addressing impact, development and policy in new forms of e-research and open access dissemination. Featuring presentations by international experts Alma Swan, Cameron Neylon and Leslie Chan, the seminar provides an opportunity to discuss the issues with global thought leaders in the area of open access and scholarly communication.

Date: Friday 10 August 2012
African Studies Gallery

The event will be opened by UCT Vice Chancellor Dr Max Price.
Please join us for a light lunch at 12h00.

RSVP to Thomas King <> by Monday 6 August.

This is an official pre-event to the international Berlin10 open access conference ‘Networked scholarship in a networked world: Participation in Open Access’, Stellenbosch, 6–8 November 2012.


Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd and holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School. She is Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, the global organisation of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the academic community, and an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience, the European Association for the Promotion of Science & Technology.

Cameron Neylon is Advocacy Director for the Public Library of Science, a research biophysicist and well known agitator for opening up the process of research. He speaks regularly on issues of open science including open access publication, open data, and open source as well as the wider technical and social issues of applying the opportunities the internet brings to the practice of science. He was named as a SPARC Innovator in 2010 for work on the Panton Principles and is a proud recipient of the Blue Obelisk for contributions to open data. He writes regularly at his blog, Science in the Open.

Leslie Chan is Senior Lecturer and Program Supervisor for the International Development Studies programme at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is the Director of Bioline International, a collaborative platform based at CRIA Brazil for open access distribution of research journals from close to 20 developing countries. An early practitioner in the use of the Web for knowledge exchange and learning, Leslie is particularly interested in the roles of openness and control in the flow of knowledge and their impact on local and international development. A Trustee of the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development, Leslie is on the editorial board of Open Medicine and a member of the Research Dissemination Committee of the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences.



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