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ONLINE EVENT: Open Science Federation Founder Brian Glanz on "Demystifying Hackathons"

Washington, DC  The free SPARC online event, "Demystifying Hackathons" will be offered on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00PM EDT. Registration is free, but required. Please RSVP by August 1 at:  

This webcast requires both a phone dial-in and an Internet connection.

Have you wondered what Hackathons are? Hackathons can be a great tool, bringing together groups of people to complete a set goal using the combination of their skills – computer-based and otherwise. They are not just for the technologists – your individual expertise can be a vital part of a “hack.” Open Access Week is now just around the corner (October 21-27) and a Hackathon is a great way to stir interest, involvement, and possibly create finished projects using Open Access content.

Our guest speaker, Brian Glanz, is the founder of the Open Science Federation and co-founder of the American chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation. With both organizations, Brian has lots of experience participating in and deploying Hackathons where Open Access content played a critical part. For two recent examples, he points to the over 100 events associated with in June, and July’s in the scholarly publishing community.

Brian will fully explain what Hackathons are, how you deploy them, and why we in the library community should be participating in and utilizing them.

To accommodate interest in every time zone, this 1-hour event will be recorded and available on our website shortly afterwards.  

Please join us for a lively and interactive discussion. SPARC’s Executive Director, Heather Joseph, will be moderating questions during the webcast. Feel free to post preliminary comments and questions for Brian on the OA Week Website (  

For additional information, contact SPARC’s Communication’s Manager, Andrea Higginbotham at andrea [at] arl [dot] org.

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