Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CFP - Symposium on the Business and Economics of Open Access - May 19-20, 2014

CFP - Symposium on the Business and Economics of Open Access - May 19-20, 2014

CFP URL: http://openaccess.unt.edu/symposium/2014/info/alternative-events-call-proposals

Greetings, everyone.   We are delighted to announce this year’s Open Access Symposium, focused this year on the topic of the Business and Economics of Open Access.  This year’s symposium will be held in Ft. Worth, Texas, with a conference reception and dinner at the remarkable Modern Art Museum.  Please consider proposing a session; we hope to see you there!

The Business and Economics of Open Access: UNT’s Fifth Annual Open Access Symposium
The University of North Texas Libraries invites you to attend The Business and Economics of Open Access. UNT’s fifth annual Open Access Symposium will take place May 19-20, 2014 at the UNT Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Peter Binfield (PeerJ) will deliver a keynote address. Registration is now open. This year for the first time we are soliciting proposals for Alternative Events to provide additional opportunities for participants to network and share information (see Call For Proposals below).
The 2014 symposium will examine the economics, business models, and practice of Open Access (OA) publications.  For the purpose of delving more deeply and analytically into these aspects of successful OA, economics should be broadly understood as all of the opportunities and challenges of OA publications at either the micro or macro level that contribute to long term sustainability of OA publications.  What lessons has the field learned to date about effective strategies for sustaining OA publications?  How do OA publications fit into the larger cycle of scholarly communication?  This symposium will bring together researchers, press directors, librarians, administrators, and other OA stakeholders with an interest in engaging with these topics.
Registration is now open! Early-bird registration is available until March 31. Visit https://conference.library.unt.edu/openaccess2014/register to register.
Early Bird Registration (Feb. 1 - March 31): $175
Regular Registration (April 1 - May 11): $195

Alternative Events Call for Proposals
We seek submissions of Alternative Events to supplement the Symposium progam and provide additional opportunities for attendees to network and participate. Alternative events can include panels, fishbowl sessions, birds-of-a-feather or affinity group sessions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, or hands-on workshops.
Proposals should not exceed 1000 words in length, and should follow the format described below. Alternative events will be reviewed by the Open Access Symposium Program Committee for appropriateness to the conference theme and evidence of inclusivity of participation.
Please use the structure described below (Required Submission Information) to organize and prepare your proposal. Submit your proposal in PDF format to OASymposium@unt.edu. The goals of this conference are to bring a broad community of users together to share their work and explore the value and impact of Open Access on education and research.
Required Submission Information:
Title: Event title
Organizer(s): Names and affiliations of the organizers
Abstract: Include a description of the proposal 150-250 words. In your abstract, address each of the following:
Purpose and Intended Audience: Please state the audience to which your proposal is designed to appeal and the goals and/or expected outcomes for your presentation.
Proposed activities including agenda, ramp-up (development), and follow-through: Describe how your presentation will be organized. The format is up to you: we welcome creative and innovative ideas for presentations of all kinds.
Relevance to the Conference/Significance to the Field:  Provide a brief explanation of how this presentation will appeal to the audience both with respect to content and format.
Length: Indicate the length of your presentation (sessions are typically 75 minutes in length, but other setups are possible).
Special requests/equipment needs:  If there are any special equipment needs, room set-up requirements, list them here. Alternative events requiring informal, flexible spaces will be accommodated.

Warm regards,

Martin Halbert, PhD, MLIS
UNT Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor