Open Access Week 2013 Kick Off Event at the World Bank: “Redefining Impact” - Webcast and LiveBlog

October 21, 2013
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m EDT approx. (19:00 – 21:00 GMT or convert time)

Join SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank for the kickoff event for Open Access Week 2013 on Monday October 21st in Washington, DC.

The event will begin with a panel discussion entitled, “Open Access: Redefining Impact,” hosted by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC. Among the topics to be discussed are Article Level Metrics (ALM’s) and changing the way scholarly communication is measured.

The following panelists will each discuss what it means to them, their institutions, and their work:

  • Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, Executive Director of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • Brett Bobley, Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association
  • Dr. Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director for Public Library of Science
  • Dr. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Science Division of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Following the panel discussion, winning nominations of the new Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) will be announced. Elizabeth Marincola, Chief Executive Officer of PLOS, Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services, Wellcome Library at the Wellcome Trust, and Alex Kozak, Policy Analyst, Public Policy and Government Relations at Google will each announce a winning ASAP nomination. The ASAP Program, sponsored by 27 global organizations including Google, PLOS, and the Wellcome Trust, recognizes those who have built upon Open Access scientific research for new innovations shaping our society.

Schedule of Events

3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.      Welcome and Opening Remarks (World Bank)

3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Panel Discussion on “Open Access: Redefining Impact”

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.      Introduction of Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) Winners and Awards Ceremony (PLoS)

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Read what others are asking
Dr. Ashish Manohar
We're flushing out all the viruses and bacterias out of their dens, with chemicals, global warming, by deforrestation and by enchroching their space. Then how will we define, impact on health measures we're taking today? It'll also have impact on our MDG on health issue.
Daniel Mietchen
While many small Open Access publishers use Open Journal Systems or other open-source publishing software, the larger Open Access publishers uniformly use closed-source platforms. What can be done about that?
Daniel Mietchen
Many scholarly societies have yet to come out in favour of Open Access to the publications they oversee. Is there something on a systemic level that could be done to help them?
Daniel Mietchen
When funders allow for embargoes, why don't they insist that the materials are available under an open license after the embargo ends?
Dr. Ashish Manohar
MDG are not taken seriously by many states around the world. Then how will be the impact of WB be evaluated, in such cases?
Dr. Nrishima kumar Khatri
Action depends upon conscience of just and good activities. So as to change goals of MDG needs to be materialize in human activities. With realizing it why the World Bank is limited only in big countries and capital? Why doesn't the open access program extend up to the core of the rural zones of the world? Thank you.
Stefan Kramer
United States
How important is it to also have open access to the research data that enabled the analysis presented in an open access publication, and how can data and paper publishers be enabled and motivated to bidirectionally link open access publications to the data?
Tom Olijhoek
Will redefining impact focusing on individual articles make the use of Journal impact factors redundant? If yes, can we focus on a strategy that will accelerate this process?
Tom Olijhoek
The impact of social sciences compared with STM is often assumed to be less. This assumption could be linked to the use of journal impact factors for judging science. Will redefining impact show impact for social sciences and STM in a comparable way?
Precious Christian-Nnanyelugo
Open Access, to what end? What is the scope of the reach for this access. Does the platform consider the educational background of the people's populace? Thanks