19.727 Scholarly Communications public lectures at UCL

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 07:14:52 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 727.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 07:11:54 +0100
         From: "Beagrie, Neil" <Neil.Beagrie_at_BL.UK>
         Subject: Scholarly Communications public lecture at UCL on 26/4/06

A reminder about the upcoming public lecture series at UCL: All welcome!

Podcasts and powerpoints from the lectures will be made available in
due course on the SLAIS website

Abstracts for the lectures on Wednesday 26th April and further details below

C21st Curation: access and service delivery
Astrid Wissenburg Director of Communications, Economic and Social
Research Council
Scholarly communications and the role of research funders

Research funders provide mcuh of the support leading to the creation
and use of many scholarly communications activities (publications,
data, conferences, etc) through its research and training funding.
They also have an interest in a healthy scholarly communications
infrastructure to support their researchers. The Research Councils UK
(RCUK) started considering its strategies regarding supporting
scholarly communications in 2004, across the many disciplines the 8
individual research councils cover. Two specific areas are under
active consideration:
(1) publishing of journals and conference proceedings
(2) creation, sharing and reuse of research data.
The presentation will describe the many challenges and opportunities
encountered by the research councils whilst exploring these areas,
with specific examples from the Economic and Social Research
Council's ongoing activities.

David Brown, Head of Scholarly Communications, The British Library

We are living in turbulent times. In comparison with the
comparatively tranquil period of the last century, scholarly
communications is experiencing major changes in busines models,
paradigms, technology, products and services and user
requirements. Under the formal, print-based communication system,
journals became the icon for informimg the global research community
of new developments, and when the existing infrastructure in support
of journals began to creak under the 'serials' crisis, journal
publishers adapted by introducing Big Deals and libraries formed
consortia. But essentially the print paradigm remained
inviolate. That is until the Internet and the world wide web
introduced new technological options which promised speedier, more
efficient and in some cases more equitable distribution of the
information relating to society's research efforts. Open access, in
all its form, challenged during the past five or so years the
business model which had sustained commercial and learned society
publishers so well. Increased interest in access to raw data arose
as the Intenert allowed and fostered the exchange of vast amounts of
data between worldwide 'collaboratories'. The Semantic Web became a
rallying cry for some pundits operating at the frontiers of web
developments. More recently, the hierarchical structure of even the
semantic web school of thought has been put to the test by the
emergence of a new form of scholarly communication built around
social publishing, social bookmarking and a general networking of
researchers all outside the traditional journal publication
system. This movement has spawned Connotea, flickr, del.icio.us,
mySpace, blogniscient, lulu, wikipedia, etc. These are essentially
part of the free movement and genearte a new sense of
community. Though its origins may lie in the fields of information,
news, entertainment, they have spilled over to the scholarly and
academic community particularly in the US. The result has been the
emergence of new stakeholders 'from the edge' who are offering
ambient findability within the morass of new data, information and
sources which has become such a significant feature of scholarly
communication. Supporting all these developments the challenge of
accessing, storing and maintaining these new forms and new sources in
a way which enables the 'minutes of science' to be effectively
recorded becomes a crucial issue.

Public Lecture Series 26 April - 11 May 2006

University College London School of Library, Archive and Information Studies
Chadwick Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London WC1

Following the highly successful inaugural series of C21st Curation
public lectures last year, The University College London School of
Library, Archives, and Information Studies is pleased to announce
details of a second series of public lectures for 2006.

The lectures by eight leading speakers, will be open to students,
professionals and general public and will be held in the Chadwick
lecture theatre in University College London, from 6.00 -7.15pm. Each
event will be followed by a reception sponsored by Tessella, to which
speakers and the audience are invited.

The dates, sessions, and speakers, in the series will be:

26 April 2006 Scholarly Communication
                            David Brown (British Library) and Astrid
Wissenburg (ESRC)
3 May 2006 Digital Resources in the Humanities
                            Prof Susan Hockey (UCL) and Suzanne Keene
(Institute of Archaeology)
10 May 2006 Service Delivery in National Institutions
                            Natalie Ceeney (The National Archives) and
Jemima Rellie (Tate)
17 May 2006 Curation and Access for Scientific Data
                            Neil Beagrie (British Library/JISC) and
Prof. Michael Wadsworth (UCL)

Please advertise the lecture series widely amongst professional
organisations in the museums, library, archive, scientific
research,information and academic sectors, current staff, students,
and interested individuals.

We wish to raise awareness and interest in digital curation amongst
current students, professionals, and the general public though this
series of high profile public lectures.

The future of an Information Society and the knowledge economy will
be built around electronic access to information. The enormous
benefits of electronic information and resources for innovation and
communication are already being realised in schools, universities,
homes, business, industry, and government. A growing and significant
part of the record and culture of the UK is now in digital form. The
lives of staff working in our institutions, current students, and
private individuals will increasingly be impacted by these trends and
associated issues.

Notes to editors:
1) The School of Library, Archives, and Information Studies
University College London is a leading centre for research in
knowledge organization, archives and records management, especially
electronic records, digital technologies in the humanities,
preservation management and the history of the book.

2) Tessella Support Services plc specializes in the application of
innovative software solutions to scientific, technical and
engineering problems, and its offices in the UK, US, and the
Netherlands have built long-term relationships with organizations at
the leading edge of the scientific and engineering world

3) Further information about the lecture series can be obtained from
the organisers:
Neil Beagrie (British Library) email:
<mailto:neil.beagrie_at_bl.uk>neil.beagrie_at_bl.uk tel: 0709 204 8179
Andrew Flinn (UCL) email: <mailto:a.flinn_at_ucl.ac.uk>a.flinn_at_ucl.ac.uk
tel: 0207 679 2481
Helen Forde (UCL) email
tel 01295 811247
Elizabeth Shepherd (UCL) email
<mailto:e.shepherd_at_ucl.ac.uk>e.shepherd_at_ucl.ac.uk tel: 0207 679 2945
Geoffrey Yeo (UCL) email <mailto:g.yeo_at_ucl.ac.uk>g.yeo_at_ucl.ac.uk tel:
0207 679 2481

4) Directions and a map to UCL and the Chadwick lecture theatre (on
right of Main Entrance from Gower Street) are available at:



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