Opening Ceremony

Jean-Claude Colliard

(Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne)

Jean-Claude Colliard is currently President of the Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He is an internationally-recognized specialist in the rule of law whose career in public service and academia spans four decades.

Prior to this post, he was an official delegate of France for the Venice Commission/Council of Europe and he served for almost a decade as a member of the Constitutional Council of France. In academia, he distinguished himself as professor in the Institute of Public Administration of Nantes, dean of the Faculty of law and political science at Nantes and professor and head of the political science department at the University of Paris I.

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Eberhard Bodenschatz

Eberhard Bodenschatz

(Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization)

Born in 1959, in Rehau. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Bayreuth in 1989. In 1991, during his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he received a faculty position in experimental physics at Cornell University. From 1992 until 2005, during his tenure at Cornell he was a visiting professor at the University of California at San Diego (1999-2000). In 2003 he became a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and an Adjunct Director (2003-2005)/ Director (since 2005) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. He continues to have close ties to Cornell University, where he is Adjunct Professor of Physics and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (since 2005).

Editor / Editor in Chief New Journal of Physics (2002-2004 / since 2005); Editor Physica D (2001-2005); Member at Large, Executive Committee of the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics of the APS (1999-2003); Member of the Cornell University’s Library Board (1998-2006); Co-Director Program on Pattern Formation in Physics and Biology, KITP, Santa Barbara (2003)

Michel Cosnard


Michel Cosnard has been named as Chairman & CEO of INRIA on May 3, 2006. He is a Professor at the Polytechnic School of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. He is a worldwide specialist in algorithm, especially in the design and analysis of parallel algorithms and grid computing. He was appointed as a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (2007).

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Lionel Collet

(Conférence des présidents d’universités)

Lionel Collet is currently Professor of physiology and chairs the University of Lyon 1 since February 2006. He has been elected at the head of the “Conférence des presidents d’universités” (CPU) on December 18th, 2008.

Among other academic and research activities, he directed the laboratory “Neurosciences et systèmes sensoriels”, (CNRS) from 1991 to 2006. He was member of the National committee of the scientific research from 1995 to 2004. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications in international journals.

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Alain Storck

(Conférence des Grandes Écoles)

Alain Storck is Director of INSA Lyon since 2001. He is Secretary of the French “Conférence des grandes Écoles” and President of its permanent Commission on research & transfer.

He is member of the Economic and Social Council of the Rhône-Alpes region since January 2007. Alain Storck received the Menier Price awarded on behalf of the Committee of Chemical Arts by the Society of Encouragement for National Industry. He is also Chevalier of the Academic Palms and Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Dniepropetrovsk (Ukraine).

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Claire Giry

(French Ministry for Higher Education and Research)

Claire GIRY is a former student of the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, and holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Lyon I Claude-Bernard University. She held various positions in the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), a technological research body, Life Sciences Division and Evaluation and Strategy Division : communication, scientific information and European cooperation. She has also been advisor of the CEO for communication and scientific and international partnerships. She has taught molecular and cellular biology in the Lyon I University and in the Evry-Val-d’Essonne University, and has been involved in assessment of research projects for the European Commission and other institutions. She acted during the past two years as a technical advisor of the French Prime Minister, for higher education and research, and heads the Service coordination stratégique et territoires of the French Ministry for Higher education and research from april 2009. Its major role is to coordinate the activities between higher education and research in various fields, including in scientific resources.

Conference Speakers

  • In Alphabetical Order

Armbruster Chris, Bérard Pierre, Bérard Raymond, Bodenschatz Eberhard, Bruch Christoph, Caine, Abel, Carvalho Paulo C.P., Chi YoungSuk, Choudhury Sayeed, de Belder Kurt, Eppelin Anita, Fournier Johannes, Friend Frederick, Genova Françoise, Georgiou Panos, Ginsburgh Victor, Glinos Konstantinos, Gros Andreas, Guillopé Laurent, Hall Steven, Horstmann Wolfram, Houghton John, Kaiser Michael, Kavenoky Alain, Kiley Robert, Lipman David, Meehan Avice A., Mele Salvatore, Moreira Joao, Nixon William, Prosser David, Rieger Simone, Rodrigues Eloy, Romary Laurent, Schimmer Ralf, Schoepflin Urs, Schutz Bernard, Shieber Stuart, Stoehr Peter, Sutton Caroline, Swan Alma, Taylor Stuart, Tise Ellen, Tjalsma Heiko, Velterop Jan, Vigen Jens, Zilgalvis Péteris

  • Speakers by Session

Session "Open Access Perspectives from the United States"

Bernard Schutz

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Avice A. Meehan / photo credit: James Kegley

Avice A. Meehan

"Open Access: A Funder’s Perspective"

Avice A. Meehan has served as HHMI’s Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs since 2002. She leads HHMI initiatives that focus on informing a wide range of external audiences about the work and accomplishments of the Institute. Meehan played a significant role in the development of HHMI’s public access publishing policy; members of her team provide ongoing support for the policy to HHMI scientists and others. She is also responsible for a portfolio that includes media relations, publications, the HHMI Web site, special events, and public outreach. Meehan joined HHMI from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where she served for eight years as vice president, public affairs. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering she managed a fast-paced, issues-driven communications agenda and an active media relations, Web, and publications program. Prior to that, Meehan served Connecticut governor Lowell P. Weicker, first as communications director for his gubernatorial campaign and then, for nearly four years, as his press secretary. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Meehan also earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She started her professional career as a journalist.


Stuart Shieber

James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science Director, Office for Scholarly Communication

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Workshop by Robert Kiley

"Europe PubMed Central: a vision from the UKPMC Funders’ Group"

Session "Open Access, Scientific and Economic Stakes"

Victor Ginsburgh

Victor Ginsburgh is honorary Professor of Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles, and former co-director of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics. He was visitor at Yale University, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, University of Louvain, as well as in Marseilles, Paris, Strasbourg and Alexandria. He wrote and edited a dozen of books and is the author of over 160 papers on topics in applied and theoretical economics, including industrial organization and general equilibrium analysis. His more recent interests go to art history and art philosophy, two fields in which he tries to put to use his knowledge of economics. He has published over 50 papers on these topics, some of which appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, Games and Economic Behavior, the Journal of Economic Perspectives and the European Economic Review. He is coeditor of a Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture (Elsevier-North Holland, 2006) and is preparing the second volume. He is also preparing a book on the economics of languages.

He is coauthor of the "Study on the economic and technical evolution of the scientific publication markets in Europe" commissioned by DG-Research, European Commission, published in January 2006.


John Houghton

"Implications of alternative open access publishing models"

John is currently Professorial Fellow at Victoria University’s Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES) and Director of the Centre’s Information Technologies and the Information Economy Program. John has had a number of years experience in information technology policy, more general industry policy and related economic research. He has published and spoken widely on information technology, industry, and science and technology policy issues. John has led a number of successful projects on behalf of national and international clients, and has compiled a number of reports for the OECD – including the 2005 OECD report on scientific publishing, and recent reports for JISC in the UK, SURF in Netherlands and DEFF in Denmark. In 1998, John was awarded a National Australia Day Council, Australia Day Medal for his contribution to industry policy development.

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Steven Hall

Widening access to research information: collaborative efforts towards transitions in scholarly communications

Steven Hall has spent more than thirty years working in academic publishing, for Macmillan Press, Chadwyck-Healey, ProQuest, Blackwell and Wiley-Blackwell and he now runs his own consultancy business for the publishing industry. He has held senior sales, marketing, editorial and general management positions and from these has gained a broad understanding of the needs of researchers and librarians and how publishers can play a role in meeting those needs. Steven represented Blackwell and Wiley-Blackwell on industry bodies such as the Serial Publishers Executive of the UK Publishers Association and the Public Affairs Committee of the International Association of STM Publishers, helping to formulate industry responses to developments such as Open Access.

He has spoken regularly on Open Access at conferences and seminars and has continued to follow and engage in the debate since setting up his consultancy in 2008.

Read also the response by John Houghton: Widening access to research information: A response

David Lipman

Dr. David Lipman is the Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a major R&D division of the National Library of Medicine within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was appointed as NCBI’s first Director in 1989, shortly after Congress created the Center in 1988, and has overseen its growth into one of the most heavily used resources in the world for the search and retrieval of biomedical information, with about two million users each day.

NCBI has a leadership role in conducting basic research in computational molecular biology and in storing, annotating and making accessible biomedical information and genetic data emanating from research conducted at NIH and laboratories around the world. Among NCBI’s approximately 100 databases are GenBank (DNA sequences), PubMed (abstracts and citations of published biomedical literature), PubMed Central (full text of biomedical research articles) and dbGaP (Genome-Wide Association Studies and other phenotype and genotype data).

A native of Rochester, New York, Dr. Lipman obtained a B.A. in Biology from Brown University in 1976 and an M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1980. After medical training, Dr. Lipman joined the Mathematical Research Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at NIH as a Research Fellow, studying molecular evolution and developing computational tools for sequence comparison. Dr. Lipman is one of the developers of the original BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) algorithm for rapidly identifying biological sequences that are similar to a queried sequence.

Dr. Lipman is the recipient of numerous awards and is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Péteris Zilgalvis

"Perspectives from an EU institution and a funding body"

Pēteris Zilgalvis is Head of the Governance and Ethics Unit, Directorate Science, Economy and Society at DG Research, European Commission, Brussels. His Unit is responsible for open access issues related to scientific information in the Directorate General. Until 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Environment) and at the World Bank in Moscow and Rīga.

P. Zilgalvis studied political science (cum laude) at the University of California, Los Angeles. At the Law Center of the University of Southern California he obtained his JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence). He is a member of the California State Bar. He has published over 25 publications on bioethics, economic reform and environmental law in English and in Latvian.

Stuart Taylor

Dr Stuart Taylor is Head of Publishing at the Royal Society where he leads a staff of 22. The Royal Society publishes seven journals covering the whole range of mathematics and science, including the longest running science journal in existence, "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society", first published in 1665. He joined the Society in 2006 after working as a Publisher for 18 years at Blackwell in Oxford where he was responsible for postgraduate book and journal acquisitions in clinical medicine. He has a BA in chemistry and a PhD in psychopharmacology from Oxford University.

Session "Open Access Projects in Physics Community"

Christoph Bruch

Head of the Max Planck Open Access Unit

Dr. Christoph Bruch, born 1963, lives in Berlin. He studied political sciences at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and Free University Berlin. He wrote his doctoral thesis about the US Federal Freedom of Information Act. After professional positions with Free University Berlin und German Institute for Urban Studies he worked as freelance consultant and Journalist advocating access laws and laws regulating direct democracy in Germany. On the international level he was involved in the "UN World Summit on the Information Society" as a representative of the German Civil Liberties Union and temporarily as a member of the German Government delegation. In the ongoing post summit process he has been appointed ’lead moderator’ for the topic “Preservation of Scientific Data". In spring of 2007 he joined Max Planck Digital Library to become ’Head of Open Access’. He is member of the board of trustees of several NGOs, e.g Foundation "House of Democracy and Human Rights" (Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, www.hausderdemokratie.de), More Democracy (Mehr Demokratie, http://www.mehr-demokratie.de/).

Eberhard Bodenschatz

Eberhard Bodenschatz

"New Journal of Physics. A case-study of a successful open-access physics journal"

Director, Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

Born in 1959, in Rehau. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Bayreuth in 1989. In 1991, during his postdoctoral research at the University of California at Santa Barbara, he received a faculty position in experimental physics at Cornell University. From 1992 until 2005, during his tenure at Cornell he was a visiting professor at the University of California at San Diego (1999-2000). In 2003 he became a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society and an Adjunct Director (2003-2005)/ Director (since 2005) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. He continues to have close ties to Cornell University, where he is Adjunct Professor of Physics and of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (since 2005).

Editor / Editor in Chief New Journal of Physics (2002-2004 / since 2005); Editor Physica D (2001-2005); Member at Large, Executive Committee of the Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics of the APS (1999-2003); Member of the Cornell University’s Library Board (1998-2006); Co-Director Program on Pattern Formation in Physics and Biology, KITP, Santa Barbara (2003)

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Salvatore Mele

"SCOAP3, Innovation in Open Access"

Dr. Salvatore Mele holds a PhD in Physics and works at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. As of late 2006 he serves as project leader for the newly-created CERN Open Access Section.

In this capacity he acts as interim project manager for the SCOAP3 consortium, aiming to convert to Open Access the entire High-Energy Physics literature, and he co-ordinates the SOAP project, financed by the European Commission to assess the potential of different models for Open Access Publishing. Repositories are another part of his activity: he is one of the responsible for the CERN institutional repository and the strategic director of INSPIRE, the future information system for the entire High-Energy Physics discipline. He also collaborates with the OpenAIRE project, powering the European Commission FP7 Open Access pilot. He is also interested in the interoperability of repositories and the Grid, and participates to the EC FP7 D4Science-II project. As a spin-off of these activities, and of his previous research carrier, Dr. Mele recently initiated discussions on issues in preservation, re-use and Open Access to High-Energy Physics data, partly financed by the European Commission through the PARSE.Insight project.

Before his most recent appointment he worked for 15 years at the CERN LEP accelerator, the largest scientific instrument of the time, where he led teams that measured fundamental physics constants, hunted for the Higgs boson and searched for hints of extra dimensions.

Scoap3 | Publications

Session "from Subscription to Publication: scenarios for a transformation of Scholarly Communication"

David Prosser

David Prosser was appointed the first director of SPARC Europe (an alliance of over 110 research-led university libraries from 14 European countries) in October 2002. Previously, he spent ten years in science, technical, and medical journal publishing for both Oxford University Press and Elsevier Science. During this time he was involved in all aspects of publishing from production through to editorial and financial management of journals. Before becoming a publisher he received a PhD and BSc in Physics from Leeds University, UK.

Ralf Schimmer

"Evidence for Orderly Transition: The EU Project SOAP"

Dr. Ralf Schimmer is Head of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library. Holding a PhD in Sociology and a German library degree, he is responsible for the electronic resources licensing program for the entire Max Planck Society and for a broad range of library related information services. As a frequent co-organiser of the Berlin conferences on Open Access he has been deeply involved in the definition of the Open Access agenda of the Max Planck Society. He is responsible for the publication charge agreements of the Max Planck Society, and he serves on the Library Advisory Boards of several major publishers and other committees. He was also a member of the SCOAP3 working party.

Chris Armbruster

"Green Open Access as a global solution?"

Dr Chris Armbruster, Max Planck Digital Library (Berlin), Max Planck Society, studies the financial, legal and technical framework of digital scholarly communication and of knowledge as scientific information. Previously a postdoc at the European University Institute, he is the founder and Executive Director of the Research Network 1989, a network of internationally mobile scholars interested in the causes and consequences of 1989 as a global conjuncture. He publishes across the social sciences and reaches a wide audience through the US-based Social Science Research Network, on which he belongs to the top two percent of authors. Born in the American sector of Berlin, he has studied in the UK, Poland, Hungary, Russia and Italy. He has been a fellow of the Open Society Institute, a Jean Monnet Fellow and a fellow of the Fondazione Antonio Ruberti and EIROforum (CERN, EFDA JET, EMBL, ESA, ESO, ESRF, ILL). In 2007, he won the Yale Law Information Society Project award. Some recent publications and working papers include:
- Romary, Laurent and Armbruster, Chris, Beyond Institutional Repositories. International Journal of Digital Library Systems 1(1) (forthcoming, 2010).
- Armbruster, Chris, Whose Metrics? On Building Citation, Usage and Access Metrics as Information Service for Scholars. Learned Publishing 23(1) (forthcoming, 2010).


Caroline Sutton

Caroline Sutton is currently President of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA and one of its founding members. In her daily work, Caroline is one of the founding partners of Co-Action Publishing, an open access publishing house and an initiator behind OpenAccessSolutions.com, a portal of services for small publishing operations. She is a member of the Lund University Library Board and a member of the Advisory Board for Linköping University Press. Caroline holds a PhD in Sociology from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Stuart Taylor

See Session "Open Access, Scientific and Economic Stakes"

YoungSuk Chi

Youngsuk “Y.S.” Chi is both Vice Chairman of Elsevier and Member of the Management Committee of Reed Elsevier PLC. In his Elsevier role, Chi manages global academic and customer relations, while in his Reed Elsevier role, he oversees global government relations efforts, global corporate social responsibility, and the strategic direction of its businesses in Asia. He joined Elsevier in 2005 after serving as Chairman of Random House Asia and President of Random House. He has served on several higher education and publishing industry boards including Princeton University, Princeton University Press, and the Association of American Publishers, and is currently the United States representative to the International Publishers Association. Chi has previously participated in many scholarly communication and access discussions where he has promoted Elsevier’s position to fully support the goal of achieving universal sustainable access to published research. More recently, Chi was a member of the US House Science and Technology Committee Scholarly Publishing Roundtable and a delegate to the HHMI Bethesda II Conference on Scientific Publishing.

Session "Practical challenges in moving to Open Access: a focus on research funders and universities "

The Knowledge Exchange Working Group on Open Access has made a report on this session, look at the website, download the report

Frederick Friend

Fred Friend studied history at Kings College London, obtained a postgraduate library qualification at University College London, and then began his library career in Manchester University Library. After Manchester he moved to the University of Leeds and then to the University of Nottingham before obtaining his first library director post at the University of Essex. This was followed by a move to University College London, where he was library director for 15 years before starting a new role as Honorary Director Scholarly Communication. He is now working for JISC as their Scholarly Communication Consultant. Fred is involved in many initiatives through work for UK and international organizations. He is one of the authors of the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

John Houghton

"What do recent studies tell funders and institutions about the costs and benefits for them?"

See Session "Open Access, Scientific and Economic Stakes"

Alma Swan

See also the Workshop

Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd and holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School. Alma is Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, the organisation of universities promoting the principles of open scholarship in the academic community.

Her work covers market research and business modelling, project management and evaluation, research communication practices and behaviours, and the study and promotion of new forms of scholarly communication in the age of the Web. She writes and makes frequent presentations on scholarly communication issues.

Alma has BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Southampton and an MBA from Warwick Business School. She is a Member of the Society of Biology (UK) and a Chartered Biologist, is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science & Technology) and is the editor of its online magazine, The Euroscientist.

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Wolfram Horstmann

"Researchers’ institutional support for OA publication costs"

As CIO (Chief Information Officer) for scholarly information at Bielefeld University, Wolfram Horstmann is responsible for the institutional support of scholarly communication and the strategic development of knowledge infrastructure, which also involves diverse national and international projects (since 2007). He was earlier working for the State- and University-Library in Goettingen (2006/2007) as scientific-technical manager of the DRIVER-project that fosters international repository infrastructure and head of publishing systems in the academic library centre ‘hbz’ in Cologne (2005/2006) starting the journal service Digital-Peer-Publishing (DiPP). His academic background is in computational neuroscience, for which he developed networked systems for educational simulations (1996-2004).

Johannes Fournier

"Gold Open Access charges at the national and institutional level in Germany"

Johannes Fournier studied German language and literature, history, and philosophy at the University of Trier and wrote a doctoral dissertation on a text in Middle High German. After his PhD in 1997, he became research assistant and deputy director of the Center for Electronic Publication and Retrieval in the Humanities at Trier University. In August 2003, he joined the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the Academic Libraries and Information Systems division (LIS) where he is in charge of the funding programme “Electronic Publishing”. Johannes oversees the DFG’s open access activities, ranging from numerous DFG-funded projects in the area of open access repositories as well as journals to the involvement in national and European open access initiatives.

Anita Eppelin

"Gold Open Access charges at the national and institutional level in Germany"

Project Manager for “German Medical Science”, German National Library of Medicine

Anita Eppelin graduated in Biology at Humboldt University, Berlin in 2002. After finishing her studies, she worked as an editor for STM publications at Walter de Gruyter, Berlin and Elsevier, Munich. From 2006 to 2008, she worked at the Thuringian University and State Library, Jena, where she got involved with Open Access. In 2008, she graduated in Library and Information Science at Humboldt University. Since February 2008, she is working as a project manager for the Open Access publication portal “German Medical Science” at the German National Library of Medicine. Therefore, Anita is especially knowledgeable in business models and funding strategies for Gold OA. She is a member of the open access working groups of the Leibniz Association as well as the Priority Initiative by the Alliance of German Science Organisations.

GMS |ZB MED |Leibniz Association | Allianz Initiative

Kurt de Belder

"A national deal with Springer: an institutional view of national transition arrangements to Gold OA"

Kurt De Belder is since 2005 University Librarian at Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands founded in 1575. Kurt’s responsibilities include university-wide strategic planning and policy making in the area of scientific information provision and the integral management of Leiden University Libraries and Leiden University Press.

Previously he worked at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, New York University and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. His main areas of expertise are digital libraries, scholarly communication, e-publishing and e-learning.

Kurt has served on a variety of professional committees in the United States and the Netherlands. Now he is a member of the Supervisory Board of DEN (Digital Heritage Netherlands), Chair of the External Stakeholders Group of OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks, an EU funded project), and member of the Policy Group Innovation Knowledge Infrastructure, SURFfoundation.

Kurt studied Germanic Philology at the Free University Brussels, Comparative Literature and Library & Information Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Kiley

Improving compliance with the OA mandate: a work-in-progress report from the Wellcome Trust

See also the Workshop

Robert Kiley is Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library. In this role Robert is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy to deliver electronic services to the Library’s users - both in person and remote. Key developments over the past few years include the Medical Journals Backfiles Digitisation Project, developing a Web Archiving programme, and ensuring that the Library’s automated systems are fully interoperable.

Currently, Robert is taking a leading role in the implementation of the Trust’s open access policy and as such is responsible for liaising with publishers with regard to the Trust’s OA policy. Work has also commenced on exploring the possibility of transforming UK PubMed Central (into a single, Europe-wide OA repository for biomedical research papers.

Robert is also helping to scope out a major digitisation programme to provide free, universal access to the Wellcome Library’s unique and important collections.

UK PubMed Central

William Nixon

"A research institution’s view of their role in OA mandates and policies: using the institutional repository"

William J Nixon is the Digital Library Development Manager at the University of Glasgow. William has been actively involved in Open Access and repositories since 2001 when he worked with the beta version of the EPrints software at Glasgow. He was the Service Development Manager of the JISC funded DAEDALUS project which developed repositories at Glasgow. These led to the University’s repository service, Enlighten in 1996 and the University’s statement to "strongly encourage" deposit. In 2008 as part of the University’s repository team, with Morag Greig and Susan Ashworth, William was involved in drafting the University’s Publications Policy.

He is also currently the Project Manager of the JISC Funded Enrich project which is looking at the integration opportunities between Enlighten, the University of Glasgow’s institutional repository service and the institution’s Research System.

William has been a member of the OAI and Open Repositories Organising Committees and in 2006 was the local organiser for the Open Scholarship conference at the University of Glasgow.

William has an MA from the University of Glasgow and an MSc (Library and Information Science) from the University of Strathclyde.

Bernard Rentier

Workshop by Alma Swan

"Modelling Open Access in your institution: a workshop on methodology"

Session "e-Infrastructures supporting Open Access to e-Science data"

Laurent Romary

Laurent Romary

Scientific adviser to the Research Department, INRIA

On 1st March 2007, Laurent Romary is appointed as scientific adviser to the Research Department for linguistic computer science and scientific and technical information.

Laurent Romary graduated from Supelec before becoming a CNRS researcher and then INRIA Research Director. Between 1997 and 2004, he directed the Language and Dialogue project at Loria, leading research activities in the fields of man-machine communication and language processing. His involvement in the standardisation of linguistic resources led him to chair the ISO’s TC 37/SC 4 committee in 2002, before taking up the functions of Scientific Information Director at CNRS in 2005. He has been Director of the Max-Planck Digital Library. Laurent Romary has been appointed as the chairman of the scientific board of TEI (Text Encoding Intitiative) in January 2008.


Konstantinos Glinos

"Scientific Data e-Infrastructures: supporting the transition to e-Science"

Kostas Glinos has been with the European Commission since 1992. He now leads the Géant & e-Infrastructures Unit of the Directorate General for Information Society and Media since 1 January 2009. From 2003 to 2008 he was Head of the Embedded Systems and Control unit and interim Executive Director of the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking. Previously he was deputy head of Future and Emerging Technologies. Before joining the Commission Kostas worked with multinational companies and research institutes in the U.S., Greece and Belgium. He holds a diploma in Chemical Engineering from the University of Thessaloniki, a PhD from the University of Massachussets and a MBA in investment management from Drexel University.

Françoise Genova

"The astronomical information network"

Françoise Genova has spent most of her carrier at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Her first research topic was the ‘auroral’ radio-emission of planets, at Paris Observatory. From 1990 to 1993, she has been in charge of the French space astronomy experiments at the French space agency CNES. She then joined Strasbourg astronomical Observatory, and became the director of Strasbourg astronomical data centre (CDS) en 1995. CDS, created in 1972, provides the international astronomical community with widely used, value-added reference services. She managed the data centre transition to the Internet era, and has been one of the pioneers of the so-called international astronomical Virtual Observatory (VO), which aims at providing seamless access to the wealth of on-line astronomical resources. She has participated in several projects funded by the European Commission to set up the European Virtual Observatory, Euro-VO, which is the European implementation of this idea. In particular, she has been the co-ordinator of the ‘Euro-VO Data Centre Alliance’, a Coordination Action of the 6th Framework Programme, and she co-ordinates the project funded by the 7th Framework Programme to lead the transition to an operational phase, ‘Euro-VO Astronomical Infrastructure for Data Access’. She is also the chair of the French VO Scientific Council, and an active participant in the International Virtual Observatory Alliance, an alliance of all VO projects around the world which co-ordinates in particular the definition of interoperability standards.

Jens Vigen

’"e-Infrastructures for scholarly communication. A first step to OA. An indispensable step for e-Science. The case of High-Energy Physics"

Jens Vigen has been a scientific information officer at CERN since 1994. Stimulated by the strongly demanding high energy physics community, he has been deeply involved in developing electronic services at CERN, often in collaboration with commercial partners like DatastarWeb, Elsevier Science, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics and Springer Verlag. Before joining CERN in 1994, Jens Vigen held a position at the library of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has a master degree in civil engineering; geodesy and photogrammetry.

Heiko Tjalsma

"Open Access to Humanities data: the DARIAH e-infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities"

Heiko Tjalsma is a "senior expert research data" at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). He studied social and economic history at Leiden University and at the University of Cambridge (UK). Before DANS he mainly worked at the Netherlands Historical Data Archive. One of his present fields of attention are access conditions, licensing and the legal aspects of trusted digital repositories. He is involved in the CESSDA Preparatory Phase Project (Work Package on Data collection, dissemination and access issues) as well as the DARIAH project (Legal Work Package).

Andreas Gros

"Open Access to Humanities data: the DARIAH e-infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities"

Andreas Gros has a Diploma of Applied Systems Analysis from the University of Osnabrück and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Würzburg. He is responsible for Digital Collections in the Max Planck Digital Library and leads the work package on Legal Issues of the DARIAH project, which is funded by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. The aim of DARIAH is to build a pan-European research infrastructure for the arts & humanities. He is also engaged in the Kompetenzzentrum Interoperable Metadaten (KIM) and organizes the activities around the KIM-DINI Technology Watch Report, publishes news items and overview articles about relevant standards and developments in the field of metadata and interoperability.

Peter Stoehr

"ELIXIR: A sustainable infrastructure for biological information in Europe."

Jan Velterop

New way of opening up the scientific literature

Johannes (Jan) Josephus Marinus Velterop (born March 18, 1949) is a science publisher. Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, he was originally a marine geologist and became a science publisher in the mid 1970s. He started his publishing career at Elsevier in Amsterdam. After a few years out of the scientific field as the director of the Dutch regional newspaper De Twentsche Courant, he returned to international science publishing at Academic Press in London. After Academic Press he joined Nature as director for a short while, but moved quickly on to help get BioMed Central, the first commercial open access science publisher, off the ground.

Velterop was one of the small group of people who first defined ’open access’ in 2001 in Budapest, a meeting resulting in the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

In 2005 he joined Springer Science+Business Media as Director of Open Access, residing in Guildford, UK. Springer is the first mainstream STM (Science, Technology, Medicine) publisher to offer open access as an option for virtually all its scientific and scholarly journals.

At the end of March, 2008, he left Springer to join Knewco, a company that uses semantic technology to accelerate scientific discovery. Since January 2009 he is involved in the Concept Web Alliance as one of the initiators.

CV on Wikipedia | Concept Web Alliance

Eloy Rodrigues

"Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe"

Eloy Rodrigues is the Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services . In recent years he has devoted much of his work to the development of digital libraries, education and training of librarians and library users and the study of the scholarly communication system. In 2003, Eloy Rodrigues lead the project to create RepositoriUM – the institutional repository of Minho University, and he has directed this service ever since.

At the end of 2004 he drafted the formal policy of Minho University on open access to its scientific output. The other main focus of Eloy’s current activity is promoting and advocating Open Access and institutional repositories in Portugal and in the Portuguese speaking world, participating in several conferences and workshops, and conducting several training and dissemination actions in Brazil and Mozambique. In Portugal, Eloy coordinates the technical team at Minho University that is being developing the RCAAP (Repositório Científico de Acesso Aberto de Portugal = Portugal Open Access Science Repository) project since 2008. At the European level, Eloy was member of the EUA (European University Association) Working Group on Open Access, representing the Portuguese Rectors Council, and coordinates the participation of Minho University in various FP7 funded projects related with Open Access and repositories.

Recap | Repositorium | EUA on OA

Session "Open access and Emerging Economies"

Christoph Bruch

See Session "Open Access Projects in Physics Community"

Abel Caine

"UNESCO Open Access Strategy"

Born in 1971 of Fijian nationality, Mr. Abel Caine holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Information Systems from the University of Auckland (1993).

Mr. Caine commenced duties as the Communication & Information Adviser for the Pacific sub-regional Office in Apia, Samoa in January 2005. He is responsible for all of UNESCO’s programmes and activities in communication and information for 17 Pacific Island member states and associate members. These members include: Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and associate member Tokelau.

Prior to joining UNESCO, Mr. Caine served as the Assistant Manager Business Development for ITC Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of Fiji from 2001 to 2004. He was responsible for strategic IT planning including the formulation of a National ICT Policy, e-Government Strategy Plan, and securing funds and resources for implementation. All Ministries and Departments across Fiji are connected to a high-speed Government Network with e-mail and broadband internet access. Almost all Ministries maintain dynamic websites and over 50% of all civil servants have connected PCs and enjoy advanced ICT training. Mr. Caine represented the Fiji Government at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Phase 1 in Geneva, 2003.


Ellen Tise

"Open access: an imperative for growth and development"

Ellen Tise is currently the Senior Director, Library and Information Services at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She previously held the position of University Librarian at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa, from March 2001 – December 2005. Prior to this, she was Deputy University Librarian (Client Services) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She also previously held the position of Systems Librarian and other positions at the University of the Western Cape, Brakpan City Library and the University of the Free State.

She has served on the Governing Board and Executive Committee of IFLA between 2001 and 2005, and between 2007-2009; the IFLA Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Advisory Board 2003 – 2005; the IFLA Africa Section Standing Committee (2001 -2007) and was chairperson of the National Committee for the IFLA 73rd World Library and Information Congress, held in Durban South Africa August 19-23, 2007.

Ms Tise’s experience at senior management levels in the profession includes being the first President of the Library and Information Association of South Africa from 1998 – 2002; Director of Sabinet Board from 2003–; OCLC Members Council Delegate from October 2005 - May 2008, and member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award Advisory Committee 2007.

She is an Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, as well as of the Library and Information Association of South Africa.She has published various articles in professional journals and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, seminars, symposia, etc.

Paulo Cezar Carvalho

"Continuing Education for Math Teachers in Brazil Using the Internet"

Paulo Cezar Carvalho is a researcher at the National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) in Brazil. His main research interest is Computer Vision, but he is also strongly committed to improving mathematical education, at all levels, in Brazil. He is involved with the organization of mathematical olympiads in Brazil and, since 1991, has been a member of a group at IMPA that promotes continuing education for high-school teachers. As a result of this program, he has been the author or co-author of several books directed to this public. Since 2003, the program has used the Internet to extend its benefits to teachers all over Brazil and its lectures are available for open access at IMPA’s website.

Homepage | Publications

Session "Berlin Process: Status reports by selected Signatories"

Christoph bruch

See Session "Open Access Projects in Physics Community"

Laurent Guillopé

“HAL, a national wide omnidisciplinary open archive”

Professor of mathematics at Université de Nantes, Laurent Guillopé works on geometric analysis, a mixing of geometry and partial differential equations. He is currently Director of the Laboratoire de mathématiques Jean Leray (Nantes) and President of the CNRS steering committee for open archives.

Deputy Director of the Cellule MathDoc (Grenoble, CNRS and Université Joseph Fourier) between 1995 abd 2004, he has been involved in national and international IST projects : preprint servers, thesis repositories, digitization programmes,...

home page | CV | Publications

Raymond Bérard

"How Star helps to disseminate French e-theses; How ABES helps to develop Open Access"

Raymond Bérard is currently Director of the Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education (ABES), which is in charge of the union catalog for French academic libraries. ABES is also involved in e-theses and develops new services to meet the expectations and information research practices of its users. He previously held the positions of Director of the French academic repository library, Marne-La-Vallée (2004-2005) and Dean of studies at the French National library school (ENSSIB, 2001-2004). Among his professional activities, Raymond Bérard presides IFLA’s Management and Marketing Section and the Information section of the French Standards authority (AFNOR)

Alain Kavenoky

"A network of interconnected portals for sharing open contents"

Directeur Scientifique d’UNIT (Université Numérique Ingénierie et Technologie)

Ingénieur Général des Ponts et Chaussées (émérite)

Docteur ès Sciences


Panos Georgiou

"Scholarly Publishing & Open Access in Greece: - Warming up?"

Panagiotis (Panos) Georgiou has a Diploma of Mining and Metallurgy Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc in Environmental Geotechnology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). He is working in the Library & Information Service of the University of Patras since 1996 and his responsibilities include research project management, supervision of LIS’ quality assurance system, web services & e-resources management, digital collections development, ΟΑ e-publishing initiatives and user support. His research interests deal mainly with OA digital libraries and e-publishing issues in Greece and quality assurance in libraries. Since 2001 he is project manager of TELEPHAESSA project funded by Greek Government and EU, including actions such e-resources, digital collections, e-learning, quality systems and library automation. Furthermore he is active in various digital collection projects carried out by private and non-profit organizations, funded by the Greek National Information Society program as a project manager as well as a digital library expert. Finally he is a registered Vocational Trainer by the Greek National Accreditation Centre for Continuing Vocational Training (EKEPIS) with more than 800 hours training experience in IT technology and library issues.

Joao Moreira

"RCAAP Project – Portuguese Initiative on Open Access"

João Mendes Moreira is graduated in Systems Analysis and Computer Engineering by University of Minho (1991-1996), Portugal. In the last decade he has worked at FCCN having developed, directly or indirectly, activities in the infra-structures and advanced services areas aimed for the National Research and Education community. He was responsible for managing FCCN IT services and the corporate and business systems. He has also worked in emblematic projects such as the Internet Schools project or the European project 6DISS. In 2004, he started to work in the information and documentation field having actively participated in one of the most relevant Portuguese projects on this area – The Online Library of Knowledge (b-on) – for which he became project manager for. In 2008, together with Minho University, he assumed the project management of the Portuguese Open Access Initiative - RCAAP (Portuguese Open Access Scientific Repository).

Links: RCAAP | b-on

Session "Open access, crossed views from scholarly communities"

Pierre Bérard

Sayeed Choudhury

"US National Science Foundation DataNet Program and Feasibility Study of an Open Access Repository"

Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs

Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center Sheridan Libraries

Director of Operations, Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Sciences (IDIES)

Johns Hopkins University

G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is also a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins, a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Choudhury serves as principal investigator for projects funded through the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the awards through US Nation Science Foundation’s (NSF) DataNet program. He is also Principal Investigator for an NSF funded feasibility study for an open-access repository of publications related to NSF funded research. Both awards focus on the building sustainable infrastructure to support access to data and publications in a persistent manner that advances scientific research and public outreach.

He has oversight for the digital library activities and services provided by the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. Choudhury has published articles in journals such as the International Journal of Digital Curation, D-Lib, the Journal of Digital Information, First Monday, and Library Trends. He has served on committees for the Digital Curation Conference, Open Repositories, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, and Web-Wise. He has presented at various conferences including Educause, CNI, DLF, ALA, ACRL, and international venues including IFLA, the Kanazawa Information Technology Roundtable and eResearch Australasia.

Françoise Genova

"The Astrophysical Virtual Observatory"

See Session "e-Infrastructures supporting Open Access to e-Science data"

Michael Kaiser

"Open Access in the humanities: accepted – appreciated?"

Michael Kaiser is project manager of perspectivia.net (together with Gudrun Gersmann), an online publication platform for humanities, which belongs to the Foundation of German Humanities Institutes Abroad (DGIA). In 2000 he joined the editorial board of “sehepunkte”, an online review-journal for historical science (sehepunkte.de). Since 2004 he is co-editor of the “zeitenblicke”, a historical online-journal (zeitenblicke.de), and in 2006 he established together with colleagues “lesepunkte”, an online review-journal for children (lesepunkte.de). He still teaches early modern history at the University of Cologne. He has published a number of articles on war and violence in pre-modern times. Currently he is researching political culture in the 17th century.


Urs Schoepflin

"Scholarly Workbench for the Humanities - an open access research infrastructure of the Max Planck Society"

Urs Schoepflin is director of the MPIWG Research Library of the Max Planck Institute fot the History of Science. He lectures regularly at the Institute for Library Science of the Humboldt University, Berlin. He was a member of the taskforce initiating new directions for electronic information management in the Max Planck Society (MPG). Representing the Institute as a pilot institution, he is now active in workgroups testing and evaluating tools developed at the Center for Information Management of the MPG. As a digital library specialist, he was a member of the project team of the EU funded project " European Cultural Heritage Online". As director of the Library, he is responsible for the development of the Institute’s computer supported source collection for the history of science, a research environment which makes available digitized microfilmed source material and high-end scans of major printed sources and manuscripts, both held at the Library or provided in cooperation with other libraries or archives. He does research in historical and quantitative aspects of scholarly communication as well as in research evaluation on which he has published several papers. He is active in the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics. He used to serve as editorial advisor to the journal "Scientometrics" (until 2004).


Simone Rieger

"Scholarly Workbench for the Humanities - an open access research infrastructure of the Max Planck Society"

Simone Rieger is research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and since 2002 coordinator of the open access initiative -European Cultural Heritage Online- (ECHO). As a linguist and philosopher, she was part of several interdisciplinary research projects, e.g. on semi-automatically character recognition of Chinese characters, on analysis of spoken and written special languages in engineering sciences, and on creating an internet-based edition of unpublished manuscripts on science, technics and medical science of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. At the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, she was part of the project on creating the prototype of an Internet representation of Galileos’ notes on motion. Within the ECHO initiative, which aims at creating an infrastructure to bring cultural heritage online, she is coordinating the integration of seed collections, the network building, and the creation of user-friendly workflows to bring historical source material and scholarly data online. Within the ECHO initiative with its strict open access policy, she is dealing with legal problems to present cultural heritage open accessible on the Internet.

homepage | ECHO

Supporting organization:
French Ministry For Higher Education And ResearchMax Planck SocietyINRIA - French national institute for research in computer science and controlUniversité Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne