Open Access: what it means for research, teaching, and one's career.

Scholarly Publication Speaker Series: Open Access: what it means for research, teaching, and one's career.
Apr 16, 2008, 12:00 -- 1:30 pm,
Accolade Building East - Lecture Hall 001, York University
Lunch Provided
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The York University Scholarly Communications Initiative presents the inaugural event in the Scholarly Publishing Speaker Series, "Open Access: what it means for research, teaching, and one's career." Speakers Jean-Claude Guédon, Université de Montréal and Leslie Chan, University of Toronto at Scarborough, will explore the open access movement in the scholarly context. The open access movement, which has been is gaining momentum in the past year, challenges traditional models of scholarly publishing and provides opportunities for new forms of evaluation, discourse and discovery. The main goals of open access are to enable and improve the use of research and scholarship in a networked environment.

Jean-Claude Guédon is "professeur titulaire" (full professor) in the Department of Comparative Literature of the Université de Montréal in Canada. Trained in history of science (Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison), his interests, for the last fifteen years have focused on the digitization of culture and networked approaches to cultural production.

His association with the Internet Society led to his writing a small best-seller on the network of networks ("La planère cyber - Internet et le cyberespace" (Paris, Gallimard, 1996, Italian translation 1996, second edition 2000 under the title Internet - Le monde en réseau). In 2001, his essay "In Oldenburg's long shadow: Librarians, Research Scientists, Publishers, and the Control of Scientific Publishing" was translated into several languages and published as a book in Italy in 2005.

Dr. Guédon was behind the creation of the first electronic (and Open Access) scholarly journal in Canada in 1991. He participated to all the original meetings accompanying the launch of the Open Access movement (Budapest, Berlin, Bethesda). From 2002 until 2006, he was on the Sub-Board (Information Programme) of the Open Society Institute and from 2003 until 2007, he was on the Board of eIFL (Electronic Information for libraries).

Since march 2006, he is the Vice-President (dissemination of research) of the Canadian federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His research focuses on the political economy of scholarly and scientific publishing as well as the effects of digitization and networking on communication modes and publishing methods. Winner of several prizes (including an international francophone prize and a prize from the Society for Digital Humanities), he regularly lectures on various issues related to digital culture all over the world.

Leslie Chan is Program Supervisor for the Joint Program in New Media Studies and the International Studies program at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. Since 2000, he has served as the Associate Director of Bioline International, a non-profit international electronic publishing collaboration with the main objective of improving the visibility and impact of health and other scientific journals from developing countries.

From 1997-2002, Leslie was the managing editor of an experimental digital publishing unit within the Centre for Instructional Technology Development. These positions reflect Leslie’s long-standing interest in the use of information technology in support of teaching, learning and research, as well as his commitment to engage in new modes of scholarly publishing and communications, human capacity building and international co-operation. Leslie has been invited to participate in numerous international conferences on scholarly communication issues and conferences on ICT and development, and he has conducted workshops on these topics for a wide variety of institutions, many of them in developing parts of the world.

As one of the original signatories of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, Leslie has been active in experimentation and implementation of open access publishing projects and with the set up of open access archives using open source software applications. Since 2003, he has been testing and evaluating T-Space, an institutional repository at the University of Toronto that is running the DSpace software.

An active member of the international conference series on Electronic Publishing, Leslie served as Program Chair for Elpub2007 and he is the General Chair for Elpub2008, which will be hosted by the Knowledge Media Design Institute of the University of Toronto.