Open Science: Driving Forces and Practical Realities

Save the Date – November 12, 2013

Open Science: Driving Forces and Practical Realities

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS
Hosted by FEDLINK at the Library of Congress

The Mumford Room, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20540
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 * 9:00 am – 4:30 pm *


This one-day workshop is a must for anyone involved in managing the flow of scientific and scholarly communication. The Open Science movement has the potential to dramatically change that flow as well as the roles of all involved if the key emerging issues can be resolved. Open government, open data, and open access are all necessary but insufficient movements to make open science a reality. This workshop will explore the technical, financial, political, and social/cultural forces that are driving the movement; the key issues that may impact your organization – issues such as creator/author rights, attribution, information sharing and re-use, machine access and interoperability, preservation of the record of science, etc.; and the policies and tools that are being created to make open science a reality. Mark your calendar now to reserve the date. Registration will open September 6, 2013, to accommodate those who need to pay before the new fiscal year begins. Seating is limited so register early!


John King, Vice Provost for Strategy at the University of Michigan, will open the day with an overview of the Open Science movement, why it started, how far it has come, and the practical issues that must be resolved to make it a reality. This will be followed by a session on the policies behind open science, which will include both government and researcher perspectives, and will explore the challenges any policy must address in order to catalyze a wholesale shift toward more open science at the community level.

After lunch (which will be provided), speakers from the academic and publishing communities (Drexel University, Harvard University, and Elsevier), will discuss some of the tools that have been created to support collaborative research, tools such as open notebooks, Authorea (manuscript creation software), and Mendeley. In addition, there will be a case-study panel that will highlight three open science initiatives – the Materials Genome project, Galaxy Zoo, and Mapping the Human Brain. The speakers will discuss why the projects were started and the challenges and practical issues that have had to be addressed to bring them to fruition.

The day will close with a futuristic assessment of how the open science movement may evolve and what roadblocks must be overcome for its ultimate success.

The final speakers are now being confirmed and these will be announced shortly. The day will be full of interesting presentations and discussions. Speakers have been chosen for their expertise in the subject matter to be addressed.

Plan on joining us for an informational and thought-provoking day.


Preliminary Agenda.

Online registration will open on September 6, 2013, at

Watch for future communiqués on this timely and informative event, but for NOW – mark November 12th on your calendar!!!


Jill O’Neill Kathryn Simon
Director, Communication and Planning Administrative Coordinator, CENDI Secretariat
NFAIS c/o Information International Associates, Inc.
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CENDI, the Federal STI Managers Group, was formally created in 1985 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by four charter U.S. government agencies (Commerce, Energy, NASA, and Defense). From this small core of STI managers, CENDI has grown to its current membership of 15 major science agencies involved in the dissemination and long-term management of scientific and technical information.


The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS(tm)) was founded in 1958 to advance scholarly, scientific, and professional research by enabling members to examine issues of content, technology, and business models integral to their future success.


The mission of the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) is to foster excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and to encourage efficient and effective procurement of information resources.

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