Last week in Bournemouth, UK, the UKSG’s 36th Annual Conference & Exhibition took place. Follows some highlights, but first:
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The updated Programme for the Conference can be found here and go here for a list of upcoming UKSG events across the UK. A number of videos from the event are here and around 50 slidedecks can be found here.
After the opening formalities, this year’s Conference commenced with a Plenary Session entitled “Finch Forward: the evolution of Open Access”. It featured three talks:
Open Access gets tough Phil Sykes, University of Liverpool
The evolving view of public access to the results of publicly funded research in the US Fred Dylla, American Institute of Physics (Video)
Mining for gold: identifying the librarian’s toolkit for managing hybrid OA Jill Emery, Portland State University (Video)
Of the three, the talk by Phil Sykes seemed to resonate the most with Attendees and people who joined in remotely online namely via Twitter.
\nPhil Sykes starting the conference with humour and great slides. The OA puppy two years on #uksglive twitter.com/UKSG/status/32…\n— UKSG (@UKSG) April 8, 2013
Phil Sykes starting the conference with humour and great slides. The OA puppy two years on #uksglive twitter.com/UKSG/status/32…
“Open Access has come of age in the UK. After a decade in which academic librarians have found it hard to get Open Access on to the university agenda it is now difficult to get it off. University senior managers and researchers are all preoccupied with it to an unprecedented degree. Policy decisions are being made by government, funders and universities themselves which will have profound implications for the future in a context that is complex, fast moving and beset with misconceptions. Phil shone some light on the issues under consideration and offered some prescriptions for future progress”.
Plenary Session 2 featured the following talks:
Research evaluation: why is it relevant to librarians? Jenny Delasalle, University of Warwick Library (Video)
Connecting research and researchers: ORCID Laurel L Haak, ORCID (Video)
The next selected highlight is a talk given by Brian Kelly during Breakout Session B:
Spotting tomorrow's key technologies Brian Kelly UKOLN, University of Bath
Slides of this talk are archived here. Please also see Brian’s excellent post Reflections on the UKSG 2013 Conference (#uksglive)
Next, following some Lightning Talks which is a new feature for the Conference. Videos of these can be found here, here and here.
Day two opened with Plenary Session 3 which featured:
The new digital students, or, \"I don't think I have ever picked up a book out of the library to do any research -- all I have used is my computer.\" Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Research (Video)
The student-information relationship: a perspective of its evolution Joshua James Harding, Warwick Medical School (Video - Slides)
Customers / Users: Don't look at needs: Analyse the 'jobs to be done' Ken Chad - Ken Chad Consulting. Video - Slides)
As per the previous day, next up saw further lightning talk. See here, here, here and here.
Worth flagging up is Altmetrics: understanding new ways to measure academic impact using the web Mike Taylor, Elsevier Labs and Paul Groth, VU University Amsterdam
“Increasingly, academics are conducting their communication online. They access papers through digital repositories, tweet at conferences, and post their latest findings on blogs. The traces left by such online activity provide a new source of data for measuring and understanding science. Metrics based on this activity have been termed ‘altmetrics’. We provide an up-to-date review of altmetrics and show how you and your authors can use this information to inform your publishing decisions. Audience participation encouraged”.
Brian Kelly created this Storify of the session and the associated slides from Mike Taylor and Paul Groth can be found respectively here and here.
Finally, of the talks presented during Plenary Sessions 4 and 5, the one that generated (by far) the most interest was:
The twenty-year butterflies: which web cookies have stuck to the internet's pan? Jason Scott, Archive Team
History Is Our Future
And we've been trashing our history
“Archive Team is a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage. Since 2009 this variant force of nature has caught wind of shutdowns, shutoffs, mergers, and plain old deletions - and done our best to save the history before it's lost forever. Along the way, we've gotten attention, resistance, press and discussion, but most importantly, we've gotten the message out: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY”.
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