Research Without Borders: Open Access in the Americas

Please join us for “Research Without Borders: Open Access in the Americas”our final event of the academic year in our Research Without Borders panel discussion series. This event will take place from 3-5pm on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Presidential Rooms 2 & 3 of Columbia’s Faculty House (directions here.) It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Live webcast link: /events/live-webcast/
National-level policies around open access to research differ around the world, and the issues at stake around public accessibility to research demand an international perspective. In this panel event, the current landscape of open access policy development in the USA, Canada, and Latin America will be compared and contrasted. Panelists with views from across the Americas will explore and discuss the differing national perspectives around open access to research.
Our panelists:
Heather Joseph is the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, serves on the board of the Public Library of Science (PLOS), and recently completed a term as the elected President of theSociety for Scholarly Publishing.
Michael Sinatra is Associate Professor of English at the Université de Montréal, the President (French) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities, President of Synergies: The Canadian Information Network for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and a founding member of the steering committee of Nines (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship.)
Dominique Babini is the Open Access Program coordinator at CLACSO-Latin American Council on Social Sciences, scholarly communications researcher at the University of Buenos Aires, Experts Committee of the Argentine National System of Digital Repositories, and consultant for UNESCO-Global Open Access Portal.
Our moderator:
Pamela Graham is Director of Global Studies and the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research at Columbia University. She is active in the Latin American North East Libraries Consortium (LANE) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and previously served for twelve years as Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian in the Area Studies Division of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.
This event is the final event this academic year in our speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. It is co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services‘ Scholarly Communication Program and the Digital Humanities Center. Join the discussion on Twitter at #rwob and @ScholarlyComm. To watch a live webcast of the event, and for more information about Research Without Borders, visit the Scholarly Communication Program website at 
A version of this press release can be found on the Columbia Libraries/Information Services website here.
The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) supports the global reach and impact of research produced at Columbia University. Its mission is to explore and raise awareness about new research tools, methods, and support services that are available to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. In pursuit of this mission, the SCP hosts events and workshops, curates news and resources on our Web site, and engages in innovative scholarly communication initiatives on campus and in the wider academic community. The SCP is an initiative of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, which is part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.
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