Why? To help University staff and researchers understand some of the more complex issues embedded in the developments in digital scholarly communication, and to launch Manchester eScholar, the University of Manchester’s new Institutional Repository.
How? Information will be presented by invited speakers, and views and experience exchanged via plenary sessions.
Who For? University researchers (staff and students), research support staff, librarians, research managers, and anyone with an active interest in the field will find this symposium helpful to their developing use and provision of research digital formats. The programme for the symposium currently looks like this:
Welcome and Introduction by Jan Wilkinson, University Librarian and Director of The John Rylands Library.
Session I Chaired by Jan Wilkinson
- Is the Knowledge Society a ‘social’ Network? Robin Hunt, CIBER, University College London
- National Perspectives, Costs and Benefits Michael Jubb, Director, Research Information Network
- The Economics of Scholarly Communication – how open access is changing the landscape Deborah Kahn, Acting Editorial Director Biology, BioMed Central
Session II Chaired by Dr Stella Butler
- Information wants to be free. So … ? Dr David Booton, School of Law, University of Manchester
- Putting Repositories in Their Place – the changing landscape of scholarly communication Bill Hubbard, SHERPA, University of Nottingham
- The Year of Blogging Dangerously – lessons from the blogosphere, by Dr Duncan Hull (errr, thats me!), mib.ac.uk. This talk will describe how to build an institutional repository using free (or cheap) web-based and blogging tools including flickr.com, slideshare.net, citeulike.org, wordpress.com, myexperiment.org and friendfeed.com. We will discuss some strengths and limitations of these tools and what Institutional Repositories can learn from them.
Session III Chaired by Professor Simon Gaskell
- The University Press and Digital Publishing Ben Stebbing, Manchester University Press
- MIMAS’ role in Supporting the Repository Landscape Vic Lyte, MIMAS
- Defrosting the Digital Library (hmmmm, nice title) Professor Terri Attwood, Faculty of Life Sciences
- Research Computing at Manchester, Dr Mike Daw, Head of Research Computing, IT Services Division
- Enhancing User Experience of Scholarly Communication through Text Mining, Dr Sophia Anianadou, Director, National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM.ac.uk)
- Manchester eScholar – what, why and when Professor Carole Goble, School of Computer Science
Sumary and close by Professor Simon Gaskell, Vice-President for Research