Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 370.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 07:05:01 +0000
Subject: Berlin Symposium
> From: "Stefan Gradmann" <email@example.com>
> Date: 2003/10/31 Fri AM 03:03:31 EST
> Dear Friends and Colleagues,
> following some messages exchanged on this forum from Stevan Harnad,
> some others a few day ago I thought that some of you might be interested in
> knowing more about the source of all this - hence the following translation
> of our press releason on the
> <press release>
> Berlin Ad Hoc Symposium: Open Access State of the Art and Perspectives in
> the German Humanities & Social Sciences
> <executive version>
> On 22nd of October an ad hoc symposium with the title “Two Roads to Open
> Access State of the Art and Perspectives in the German Humanities &
> Sciences” was held at the Freie Universität in Berlin. As a result of this
> event an initiative has been launched to investigate possible common
> strategies and practice as well as common technical platforms in order to
> foster Open Access principles in the German Humanities and Social Sciences.
> </executive version>
> As a sequel to the “Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and
> conference that had been organized by the Max Planck Society and during
> which representatives of major German and European science
> signed the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Scientific Knowledge”
> (http://www.zim.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlin_declaration.pdf) the ad hoc
> symposium more specifically dealt with the state of the art and
> in the German humanities and social sciences.
> The symposium was organized in order to create direct contact between the
> hitherto less closely connected actors within Germany. FU Berlin
> (http://www.fu-berlin.de) was hosting the meeting jointly with its own
> e-journal "Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social
> Research / Foro: Investigación Social Cualitativa" (FQS,
> http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/fqs.htm), which is funded by the
> Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, http://www.dfg.de). The event was
> realized in co-operation with the project "German Academic Publishers"
> http://www.gap-c.de/ funded by DFG as well) and the “Informationszentrum
> Sozialwissenschaften” (IZ, http://www.gesis.org/IZ/index.htm). 35
> participants were representing several institutions from all over Germany.
> The symposium started with a contribution from Stevan Harnad, one of the
> initiators of the "Budapest Open Access Initiative"
> (http://www.soros.org/openaccess/), who commented on some of the principles
> of the ‘Open Access’ movement and further developed on the two roads
> to the overall goals of this movement: electronic publication in freely
> accessible journals and/or self-archiving of publications in toll-based
> journals by the authors.
> Following this contribution the state of the art and perspectives of Open
> Access based platforms (journals and archives alike) in the German
> humanities and social sciences were discussed with specific attention
> following questions:
> - What may be the specific (and possibly differing from the science
> perspective) interest in Open Access based approaches in the humanities and
> social sciences?
> - How could the information streams among the humanities & social sciences
> and the natural sciences as well as between the German and international
> communities be made mode efficient and pertinent?
> - How could we inform more efficiently and broadly the German
> social science community about the benefits of Open Access as a
> and practical framework?
> The ad hoc symposium was a first, important step for making representatives
> of German initiatives and projects in the humanities and social sciences,
> libraries, funding bodies, learned societies and SME publishers talk to
> Starting from this first exchange of ideas an initiative group has been
> constituted among the initiators and participants with the aim of
> investigating possible common strategies and practice as well as common
> technical platforms in order to foster Open Access principles in the German
> Humanities and Social Sciences.
> Further information on the symposium and on future activities of the
> initiative will be made available via the GAP portal site
> (http://www.gap-c.de), discussion should continue using the open mailing
> list GAP-forum accessible via the same site.
> FU Berlin: Jarg Bergold, firstname.lastname@example.org
> FQS: Katja Mruck, email@example.com
> GAP: Stefan Gradmann, firstname.lastname@example.org
> IZ Sozialwissenschaften: Max Stempfhuber, email@example.com
> </press release>
> Kind regards & greetings from exceptionally dry and atmospherically
> Hamburg -- Stefan Gradmann
> Dr. Stefan Gradmann / Virtuelle Campusbibliothek
> Regionales Rechenzentrum der Universität Hamburg
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