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UKSG conference discussions centre on open access

Michael Keating, Journalist and Consultant Marcus Banks and John Nuutinen at UKSG 2017.

This year’s 40th annual UKSG conference was held recently in Harrogate, England. The major event attracted over 1000 delegates from around the world, including librarians, publishers, content providers, consultants and intermediaries.  

The conference, themed Connecting the knowledge community, combined plenary presentations, lightning talks and breakout sessions with social events and a major trade exhibition.

Informit Senior Business Development Manager, John Nuutinen, and Director of Production, Michael Keating, attended sessions with a strong focus on scholarly communications and open access.

Mr Nuutinen said that respected industry consultant, David Worlock, set the platform for a wide-ranging discussion in his session titled Consolidating into a new industry.

“Mr Worlock discussed the implications, threats and opportunities represented by open access,” he said.

“He argued that in the post open-access world of self-publishing and universal data availability, the industry that serves scholarly communication and supports the availability and comparability of research findings will look very different from the publishing industry of today.”  

Since its launch in early 2016, many institutions from around the world have committed to support Open Access 2020 which aims to generate the swift and efficient transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing.

In her presentation on Open Access 2020, Kai Geschuhn spoke about the international initiative by Max Planck Digital Library, saying it was a topic gaining momentum.

“There is little doubt that librarians will lead this transformation and establish themselves as Open Access professionals of the future,” she said.

Read more about the conference here

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