17-19 June 2009
University of Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone



@mire offers important opportunities to expose, share and distribute valuable digital content, papers and research results. @mire uses and develops these technologies to enhance online accessibility for institutions, scientists, authors and artists.

CLIR : An independent, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, CLIR works to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. Through projects, programs, and publications, CLIR works to maintain and improve access to information for generations to come.

Eprints Services provides hosting, installation, bespoke development, training and support services for research institutions and organisations who need an efficient and effective repository solution for open access, preservation, e-learning, e-research and research management. Our clients include universities, funding organisations and commerical research organisations in the Europe and the US. The work of EPrints Services finances the continued development of the EPrints open source repository software.

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic
libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and
print materials, Ex Libris provides the efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will enable them to transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base serving thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with our customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering patrons to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

 JISC The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) supports UK further & higher education and research by providing leadership in the use of Information and Communications Technology in support of learning, teaching, research and administration. JISC receives funding from all the UK further and higher education funding councils.

   LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) is the principal association of the major research libraries of Europe. It was founded in 1971 under the auspices of the Council of Europe. Its current membership includes almost 400 research libraries in more than 40 countries. LIBER membership is not restricted to the area of the European Union, and membership of research libraries outside the European Union is widely encouraged.
LIBER promotes in particular:
       -       efficient information services;
       -       access to research information, in any form whatsoever;
       -       innovation in end-user services from research libraries in support of teaching, learning and research;
       -       preservation of cultural heritage;
       -       efficient and effective management in research libraries.

Microsoft External Research collaborates with the world’s foremost researchers in academia and across numerous industries and governments to move research forward and fuel innovation. Working hand in hand with researchers is an essential part of the our engagement model. The team serves as a critical link between academia and Microsoft product groups that work on the development and use of new technologies from across the corporation. Collecting and analyzing data, authoring, publishing and archiving information are all integral to the everyday work of researchers—with collaboration and search and discovery augmenting the entire process.  Our vision is to support the scholarly communication life cycle with software and services that enable data and information to flow in a coordinated and seamless fashion.  Researchers from around the world have provided Microsoft with guidance on the application of technology to their work, and Microsoft product groups have offered feedback on the use of the company’s technology to meet the needs of the scholarly community. The combined efforts have resulted in multiple tools that span the entire scholarly communication life cycle.

Open Repository is a hosted solution from BioMed Central that builds and maintains repositories on behalf of institutions and organizations. This OIA-compliant service, built on the foundation of the open source Dspace platform, incorporates many advanced features and offers, reliable and cost-effective repository solution.

SHERPA-LEAP, the London E-prints Access Project, is a London-based  partnership which has supported the creation, development and  exploitation of open access e-prints repositories at University of London institutions since 2004.

  With membership of over 100 institutions, SPARC Europe is an alliance of European research libraries, library organisations and research institutions. We provide a voice for the research community and the support and tools it needs in order to being about positive change to the system of scholarly communications.  SPARC Europe aims to promote an open scholarly communication system in Europe through advocacy and education, the promotion of new models, and partnerships with all interested stakeholders.  We take a lead in debate about Open Access, act as a catalyst through partnerships with all interested stakeholders, and coordinate lobbying actions within Europe for the benefit of researchers and society at large in Europe and beyond.

  Springer (www.springer.com) is the second-largest publisher of journals in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest publisher of STM books.  It publishes on behalf of more than 300 academic associations and professional societies.  Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world’s leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature.  The group publishes over 1,700 journals and more than 5,500 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide.  Springer has operations in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and some 5,000 employees.

  UK PubMed Central, which offers free online access to more than 1.6 million (and growing) published peer-reviewed biomedical and health research articles, is undertaking an exciting development programme which is:
- Giving researchers access to relevant, exploitable literature which is fully integrated into life sciences databases;
- Identifying and providing access to a wide-range of additional, valuable content, such as clinical guidelines, theses and single issue research reports;
- Creating tools which enable funding organisations and their grantees to track research grants: what they are, the research that arose from them, and who they were provided by.

The British Library manages these developments, which it undertakes with its partners Mimas (at the University of Manchester), the European Bioinformatics Institute and NaCTeM (National Centre for Text Mining). Together we work in close consultation with the UK’s biomedical and health research communities and UK PubMed Central’s funding organisations*

*UK PubMed Central is funded by: Arthritis Research Campaign, BBSRC, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Chief Scientist Office, Department of Health - National Institute of Health Research, Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust