Second workshop on the Open Archives Initiative:
Gaining Independence with online research repositories
17-19 October 2002 CERN/Geneva
Organized by LIBER, SPARC Europe, and CERN Library. Sponsored by the
ESF, JISC, OSI and SPARC.
This conference on open-access solutions for scholarly communication
originates from LIBER and SPARC-Europe.
ESF: European Science Foundation
The European Science Foundation promotes high quality science at a
European level. It acts as a catalyst for the development of science by
bringing together leading scientists and funding agencies to debate, plan
and implement pan-European initiatives.
JISC Joint Information Systems Committee
The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is a strategic advisory
committee working on behalf of the funding bodies for further and higher
education (FE and HE) in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It also works in partnership with the Research Councils.
The JISC promotes the innovative application and use of information
systems and information technology in FE and HE across the UK by providing
vision and leadership and funding the network infrastructure, Information
and Communications Technology (ICT) and information services, development
projects and high quality materials for education. Its central role ensures
that the uptake of new technologies and methods is cost-effective, comprehensive
and well focused.
In the framework of the the FAIR programme (Focus on Access to Institutional
Resources) JISC is funding 14 projects, comprising partnerships between
more than 50 institutions and teams and involving universities, libraries,
JISC services, art galleries, colleges, museums and commercial companies.
This programme is inspired by the vision of the Open Archives Initiative
(OAI), that digital resources can be shared between organisations based
on a simple mechanism allowing metadata about those resources to be harvested
The URL for FAIR is: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/dner/development/programmes/fair.html
For more information about the scope of the FAIR programme and about
what technology developments it supports, see the JISC Circular
OSI: Open Society Institute
The Open Society Institute-Budapest is a private operating and grantmaking
foundation that develops and implements a range of programs in civil society,
culture, education, media, public administration, public health, and human
and women's rights, as well as social, legal and economic reform. OSI-Budapest
is part of the Soros foundations network, an informal network of organizations
established and supported by investor and philanthropist George Soros,
and active in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together with the New York-based
Open Society Institute, OSI-Budapest provides support and assistance to
Soros foundations in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union,
Guatemala, Haiti, Mongolia, and Southern and West Africa.
SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and
Academic Resources Coalition
SPARC is an alliance of universities, research libraries, and organizations
built as a constructive response to market dysfunctions in the scholarly
communication system. These dysfunctions have reduced dissemination of
scholarship and crippled libraries. SPARC serves as a catalyst for action,
helping to create systems that expand information dissemination and use
in a networked digital environment while responding to the needs of scholars
LIBER: LIgue des Bibliothèques
Européennes de Recherche
LIBER is a non-governmental association of the research libraries of
Europe, formed under the auspices of the Council of Europe and having the
status of a consultative body with that Council.
LIBER represents and promotes the interests of research libraries of
Europe. The general aim of LIBER is to assist research libraries in Europe
to become a functional network across national boundaries in order to ensure
the preservation of the European cultural heritage, to improve access to
collections in European research libraries and to provide more efficient
information services in Europe.
SPARC Europe is an alliance of European research libraries, library
organizations and research institutions that supports increased competition
in scientific journal publishing. LIBER serves as the umbrella organization
for SPARC Europe, which facilitates competition in the European scientific
journals marketplace and introduces advocacy initiatives tailored to the
European research and library communities.
CERN is the European Organization
for Nuclear Research, the world's largest particle physics centre. The
Scientific Information Service (currently the ETT-SI group) has for its
mandate the management of the Library and the Historical and Scientific
Archives of CERN. The CERN Library
not only acquires and manages information resources in all fields of relevance
to the Organization, but it also makes these accessible in the most convenient
way to the worldwide particle physics community. The CERN Library has acquired
considerable expertise in the area of e-prints management.