OR2016 keynotes and Accepted Contributions Announced; Early Bird Deadline is April 13

Wed, 2016-04-06 16:01 -- carol

From Dermot Frost, Chair, OR2016 Host Committee and David Minor, Matthias Razum, and Sarah Shreeves, Co-Chairs, OR2016 Program Committee

Dublin, Ireland  Open Repositories 2016–to be held in Dublin, Ireland June 13th-16th–is pleased to announce our opening and closing keynote speakers - Laura Czerniewicz and Rufus Pollock. Read below for more information about both.

Please note that early bird registration for Open Repositories 2016 will close on April 13th. Register at http://or2016.net/ to take advantage of the early bird registration, make your hotel reservation, and book sightseeing tours.

The accepted contributions are also now listed on the OR2016 Website here: http://or2016.net/accepted-contributions. We are currently working on the detailed program schedule, but you can find the general outline here: http://or2016.net/conference-at-a-glance/.

Laura Czerniewicz will kick off Open Repositories 2016 with her opening keynote titled “Which knowledge online? Reflections on networked scholarly communication practices in a global age” on the morning of Tuesday, June 14th. The current digitally-mediated networked age promises global digital cultures with flattened power relations, given the affordances of information and communication technologies to collapse distance, enable easier cross-country collaborations and create new opportunities for knowledge production and sharing. Drawing on case studies of local knowledge production, communication, visibility and discoverability, this talk will raise issues regarding how the reconfiguration of relationships and power is occurring in practice.

Associate Professor Czerniewicz is the director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Prior to that position, she ran the OpenUCT Initiative spearheading the university’s open scholarship agenda including the development of the Open Access policy and the repository as well as the integration of open education. She blogs intermittently at http://lauraczerniewicz.uct.ac.za/ and can be followed at https://twitter.com/czernie on Twitter.

Dr. Rufus Pollock will deliver the closing keynote the afternoon of Thursday, June 16th. Dr Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge, an international non-profit using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and see it used to create insight that drives change. He was formerly a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and is currently an adviser on open data to several governments. He has worked extensively as a scholar, activist and technologist on the social, legal and technical challenges around the creation and sharing of knowledge. See more about Dr. Pollock at http://rufuspollock.org/ and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rufuspollock.

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin this June!