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Open Access and Beyond


Initiatives to promote open access to scholarly publications, as well as other associated research products, such as data, have existed for many years, and there is now a general awareness of this issue among academics and researchers. In many countries, open access policies and infrastructure are being promoted and debated at governmental, professional and institutional levels. To connect with the global momentum toward open knowledge sharing, the panel will start with a Middle Eastern regional case study, where an institutional repository is established and OA and data management policies are debated among academic and research community. The panel will also discuss international trends in open access, changing publishing models, cost-efficient methods for disseminating research findings and ways to re-direct subscription money. The panel will examine the journey towards e-science, which requires research data management and sharing plans and policies at institutional and national levels, as well as the development of new tools and infrastructure to support scientific discovery.


This panel will provide an overview of recent Middle Eastern and international developments in open access policy and e-science, and present an opportunity to discuss the changing research and publishing environment and the roles that should be played by researchers, librarians, IT developers, publishers, and students.


3 hour workshop with one break.

Topics & Speakers:

Researchers' perspectives on an institutional repository and open access policy: Marshaling and curating university research outputs in order to leverage the value of the institution’s research investment

Presented by:

Prof. David Ketcheson

Professor Ketcheson is an assistant professor of applied mathematics and computational science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He is an advocate for open access, reproducible research, and for returning the control of scholarly publishing to the academic community. At KAUST he initiated a university policy that will ensure open access to all KAUST theses and dissertations and is now co-sponsoring a comprehensive open access policy. He frequently blogs and speaks about open access and reproducible research, and is a signer of the Cost of Knowledge.

Mohamed Ba-essa

Mohamed is the Digital Repository Specialist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He leads the development and operation of the KAUST Digital Archive to save, share, and expand the impact of research-related works of the institution, such as conference papers, technical reports, peer-reviewed articles, preprints, theses and dissertations, images, data sets, and other works. Mohamed contributed to the implementation of the university “Theses and Dissertation Policy” and developed the necessary infrastructure. As part of the University Open Access Committee Mohamed leads the effort to develop an OA implementation plan for KAUST.

International developments in open access policies and implementations: An overview of trends at national, funder, and institutional levels

Presented by:

Sarah L. Shreeves, Associate Professor, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sarah is the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), a set of services and collections supporting scholarly communication (including the institutional repository) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also the co-Coordinator for the Scholarly Commons, a space for expert, interdisciplinary research support services and open workshops for faculty and graduate students to develop skills in areas such as digital content creation, management of research data, understanding copyright issues and author rights, and working with geospatial and numeric data. She is responsible for working with faculty, students, and researchers on a range of scholarly communication issues including author rights, open access, theses and dissertations, data management, and data curation. Sarah is currently active in the next phase of development of the DMPTool and served as the co-Program Chair for Open Repositories 2013. She is a past faculty member for the ACRL Scholarly Communications 101 Road Show series. She is a member of the Open Repositories Steering Committee, the Advisory Board for the Digital Library Federation, the DSpace Vision team, and the steering committee for the DMP Tool. Sarah regularly speaks and publishes on scholarly communication issues.

The e-Science environment: An opportunity to think strategically about the library and the role it plays in a data driven research environment

Presented by:

Rachel L. Frick, Director, Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources

Rachel is the Director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources. Rachel contributed to the Digital Public Library of American start-up effort, as co-chair of the Content and Scope Work stream, and continues to contribute as co-chair of the Content Strategy Committee. Previous to her work at CLIR, Rachel served as the National Leadership Grants Program for Libraries senior program officer at the Institute for Museum and Library Services <http://www.imls.gov/>. Ms. Frick¹s library experiences range from being the head of bibliographic access and digital services at the University of Richmond to a regional sales manager for the Faxon Company, with a variety of library positions in between. She holds an MSLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in English literature from Guilford College.

Research Data Management Planning implementation

By: Prof. Sayeed Choudhury


Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar

Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar carries 15 years of leadership experience in library management, information technology and teaching from different countries. He is the Acting Manager of Research and References at KAUST Library and heads the collections, instructions, reference, research services, digital repository, and faculty liaisons team; also oversees the document delivery service. Previously he worked with INFLIBNET Centre in India as a Scientist, with American University of Antigua in West Indies as Library Associate Director. He has received his professional qualifications from the Robert Gordon (UK), Bundelkhand, Annamalai and Kerala Universities. He is a standing committee member of IFLA Acquisitions and Collections Standing Committee, member of IATUL SIG on Information Literacy, member of international associations including CILIP; editorial boards of many journals/conferences. He has authored/edited 4 books and around 30 articles in leading journals and conference proceedings


  • 5 Minutes, Topic Introduction
  • Moderator - 30 Minutes each for Panelists
  • 25 Minutes Q&A, Discussion
  • Total 2:00 hours

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