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 into services.
The URL for FAIR is:
For more information about the scope of the FAIR programme and about what technology developments it supports, see the JISC Circular 1/02.

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 and academe.

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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

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 Library

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.