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CALL: SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting Innovation Fair

From Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs & Operations, SPARC
Washington, DC Proposals are now being invited to the SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting Innovation Fair, where new technologies and strategies are showcased in engaging, informative rapid-fire presentations. SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, is hosting the next installment of this popular meeting on November 8 & 9, 2010 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.
The North American SPARC meeting is a unique forum for diverse stakeholders – librarians, technologists, research producers, research funders, publishers and commercial interests – to come together and consider how best to leverage the practices and policies that have proven successful in advancing repositories to date, and to explore new challenges.
The Innovation Fair is an event inspired by the Open Repositories Meeting Minute Madness that invites participants to present, in no more than two minutes, innovative or creative approaches to: use of repository content, discovery of research outputs, value-added services, and repository promotion. Diatomscapes, personal repositories, depositor reluctance,, and theses were a few of the themes champions from four countries introduced at the 2008 fair.
For details and to submit a proposal to the 2010 Innovation Fair, visit Submissions must be received no later than August 15.
The SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting is supported by major contributions from Microsoft (Meeting Sponsor), Berkeley Electronic Press (Luncheon Sponsor), the University of Alberta, and by additional contributions from a number of Supporting Organizations.
The SPARC digital repositories meetings have played an integral part in advancing the potential of repositories to expand the dissemination of scholarship and transform scholarly communication. First held in 2004, the meeting is regularly hosted in the UK or Europe, Japan, and North America, draws hundreds of participants from around the globe, and has helped set the stage for key developments over the past six years.
For more information about the meeting program, program committee, registration, accommodation, and sponsorship opportunities, visit the conference Web site at
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is on the Web at