Open access is a means of taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the Internet to make peer-reviewed scientific material and scholarly literature freely available to all users. Global accessibility allows scientists and scholars to retrieve recent data in a convenient way and use it in further research. Thus open access manages to accelerate the dissemination of scientific and scholarly knowledge and information.
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a research and development initiative directed toward improving the scholarly and public quality of academic research through the development of innovative online publishing and knowledge-sharing environments. Located at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Stanford University, PKP has developed free, open source software for the management, publishing, and indexing of journals and conferences. Software such as Open Journal Systems, Open Conference Systems, and Open Monograph Press increases access to knowledge, improves management, and reduces publishing costs. Over 8,000 online journals worldwide are currently using the OJS software. The Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) at Freie Universität Berlin supports associated and external scientists and scholars as well as institutions in publishing electronic journals. Since October 2010 CeDiS has been contributing to the improvement of OJS related to scholarly publishing conditions in German-speaking countries within the framework of a project funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Germany’s central, self-governing research funding organization.
Proposals should be submitted by March 31, 2011. A reduced conference fee (240 EUR) is available for those who register by May 26, 2011. The regular registration fee is 300 EUR, for students 180 EUR.
For further information, please contact:
- Dr. Katja Mruck, Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-52779
- Katrin Plank-Sabha, Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-53705