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Policy and Technology for e-Science


Policy and Technology for e-Science

an ESOF Satellite Event

July 16-17, 2008
(reception the night of July 16)

sponsored by
Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
Institut d’Estudis Catalans
Science Commons

at the
Institut d’Estudis Catalans
Barcelona, Spain

We’re reaching an inflection point in the global movement to implement “open” approaches to scientific research — approaches with tremendous potential for accelerating the translation of basic research to useful discoveries like new drugs and therapies. These approaches are often referred to collectively as “open science,” yet both the term and its underlying principles have yet to be defined. This hamstrings efforts to connect the important initiatives that are working to further the development of open science in nations across the globe.

We now have the tools to bring together open research and data from around the world, embedded with the freedoms necessary to make use of it. What we need are shared principles for developing systems that can work together, so we can harness network effects and increase the value of each contribution to the open knowledge commons.

This July, Science Commons is convening a free and open workshop in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss and define the basic principles of open science, including identifying the key tenets for a system to be recognized as an open science system. Our aim is to conclude the workshop with a set of principles for open science that can effectively guide the development of a global, collaborative infrastructure for knowledge sharing that speeds discovery and saves lives.

The event, “Policy and Technology for e-Science,” is one of three satellite events preceding the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), which is among the largest and most well-known conferences in Europe on science and technology. The workshop will take place July 16 -17, 2008, at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. Our co-sponsors are the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University (CSPD) and the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC).

In preparation for the workshop, we have been working with a distinguished steering committee that includes representatives from the European Commission, CERN, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Creative Commons International (CCi), as well as leading open access advocates, text-mining experts and academics engaged in these discussions in Europe.

We hope to bring together thought leaders, policymakers and representatives from the major research foundations for a discussion that will significantly further shared goals. If you would like to attend, please fill in this registration form. The event is open and free, but seating is limited.