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Save the dates: SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting Nov. 8-9

By Jennifer McLennan, Director of Programs & Operations, SPARC
Washington, DC SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics, announces the next installment of the popular SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting will be held November 8 & 9, 2010 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.
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 meetings are regularly hosted in the UK or Europe, Japan, and North America, draw hundreds of participants from around the globe, and have helped set the stage for key developments over the past six years.
The North American 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 and explore new challenges. The meeting is also a key venue for librarians, the leading advocates for repositories, to share and refine strategies to engage stakeholders across campus.
As repositories expand as core components of the world’s fast-evolving digital infrastructure, four key trends have been identified by the program committee for deeper exploration at the meeting, including:

  • Repository-based publishing strategies,
  • Global repository networks,
  • Open data, and
  • Making the case for financial sustainability.

These tracks will be supplemented with an Innovation Fair, where new technologies, strategies, and approaches will be highlighted, and Sponsor Showcase.
The program is being developed by a diverse, international group of experts who comprise the 2010 Program Committee. Members include: Jun Adachi (SPARC Japan/National Institute of Informatics), Marilyn Billings (University of Massachusetts—Amherst), Sayeed Choudhury (Johns Hopkins University), Raym Crow (SPARC), Susan Gibbons (University of Rochester), Michele Kimpton (Duraspace), Sue Kunda (Oregon State University), John Leggett (Texas A&M University), Clifford Lynch (Coalition for Networked Information), Alicia Lopez Medina (COAR), Patricia Renfro (Columbia University), Kathleen Shearer (Canadian Association of Research Libraries), Colin Steele (Australian National University), Alma Swan (Key Perspectives, Ltd.), Susan Veldsman (Academy of Science of South Africa), and Charles Watkinson (Purdue University Press).
Organizations interested in conference sponsorship are invited to contact Jennifer McLennan through jennifer [at] arl [dot] org.
Registration will open soon. For more information, 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