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Registrations for 2018 Library Assessment Conference now open
- 17 Jul 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held from December 5-7, in Houston, Texas. With more than 600 registrants, this biennial gathering supports and advances the growing library assessment community through formal presentations, workshops, and informal engagement.

This seventh Library Assessment Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and the University of Washington Libraries. The University of Houston Libraries and Texas A&M University Libraries will serve as hosts for the event, working with the conference sponsors on local arrangements and meeting planning. The conference is planned and organised by a Steering Committee composed of individuals active in the library assessment community.

Registration closes November 14, 2018. Pre-conference workshops will be held on December 4. Post-conference workshops will be held on December 7. More information about the workshops is available at the conference website: https://libraryassessment.org/workshops/.

The conference provides a full range of presentations - invited speakers, papers, and posters - that cover all aspects of library assessment.

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International Conference on Open Scholarly Communication target organisations promoting Open Scholarly Communication and Open Science, with the focus on the Social Sciences and Humanities
- 16 Jul 2018

The International Conference on Open Scholarly Communication 'Open Scholarly Communication in Europe: Addressing the Coordination Challenge' was organised by the National Documentation Centre (EKT), May 31 - June 1, in Athens as part of the European funded project OPERAS.

Distinguished speakers from Greece, Europe, North and South America presented the latest developments in Open Scholarly Communication. The conference targeted all those who promote open scholarly communication, highlighted and encouraging the exchange of views on the challenges arising during the transition to an Open Science paradigm, focusing particularly on the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Not only was it the first OPERAS conference in this area, but it was also an opportunity to present its goals and activities to a wider public.

During the first day, the European Commission's policies and priorities for Open Science and the European Open Science Cloud as well as the actions planned in the new Horizon Europe programme were presented. This was followed by details of OPERAS achievements which mainly aim to develop a European e-infrastructure for the development of open scholarly communication, particularly in Social Sciences and Humanities.

The two main sessions of the first day focused on the challenge of effective co-ordination between organisations, disciplines and countries based on the principles of Open Science, and funding opportunities (such as crowdfunding) which can support Open Scholarly Communication.

Victoria Tsoukala, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, drew attention to the changes Open Science is bringing about in research performance and communication. Explaining that the transition to Open Science is one of the European Commission's key priorities, she focused on its policies to strengthen and support member states in the new paradigm.

Pierre Mounier, OpenEdition, co-ordinator for OPERAS and OPERAS-D, concentrated on the project's main actions to provide innovative support services for research and the development of a single Open Science ecosystem. These actions comprise seven focus groups designed to explore the key aspects of scholarly communication in the digital environment such as the working group on standards co-ordinated by EKT. Results of the working groups are fed into the work undertaken by the network to develop new services including a certification service and a discovery platform via the Isidore and Hypothesis platforms.

The round table was an opportunity for speakers to consider different support models and the various national approaches to scholarly communication. A number of strategies were highlighted - bottom up, top down, horizontal - in addition to the individual challenges faced and the steps taken for better co-ordination, particularly within the European Cloud for Open Science (EOSC).

Discussions on topics such as the Jussieu Call for Open Science and Bibliodiversity highlighted important issues such as the evaluation of researchers and the need to change the existing model. Jacques Lafait (Jussieu Call) stressed the particular importance of promoting diversity rather than imposing a model, and recognising the individual needs and practices of disciplines. Attendees were updated on funding and sustainability initiatives such as SCOSS (Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) and crowdfunding.

Discussions and presentations were not limited solely to European experiences. The participation of John Willinsky (PKP, Public Knowledge Project) and Abel Packer (SciELO) once again emphasised the importance of adopting standards and quality control procedures as access to knowledge should be seen as a human right.

Topic areas for the second day concentrated on existing European infrastructures and funded projects for the implementation of the European Cloud for Open Science (EOSC).

The co-ordinators for openAIRE (Natalia Manola), EUDAT (Damien Lecarpentier) and DARIAH (Laurent Romary) participated in a productive discussion on the co-ordination of the activities of stakeholders towards integration of individual infrastructures into the European Cloud for Open Science.

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'My Artificial Muse' at ConTech 2018
- 12 Jul 2018

ConTech 2018 has announced that Albert Barqué-Duran, Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Science&Artist, will be its first keynote speaker for 2018.

'My Artificial Muse'; How can A.I. collaborate with humans in creative and artistic processes? is a performance by Albert Barqué-Duran, Mario Klingemann and Marc Marzenit, premiered at Sónar+D (2017) and now in a World Tour, exploring how an Artificial Neural Network can collaborate with humans in the creative and artistic processes.

What is a Muse? Who can be a Muse? Where can we find a Muse? Can a Muse be "artificial"? Do they need to be "physical"? Can a computer-generated Muse be as inspiring as a human-like one? By destroying the classic concept of a Muse, are we creating something better? ConTech 2018, scheduled to be held from November 29 - 30 at Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London, will help find answers to these questions.

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Full program for 10th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing announced
- 10 Jul 2018

The full program for the 10th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP), hosted by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA, is now available on the conference page: https://oaspa.org/conference/coasp-2018-program/. The conference will be held at the University of Vienna from September 17-19, 2018.

Registration for the conference is available via the Registrations and Accommodation page: https://oaspa.org/conference/registrations-and-accommodation/.

Now in its 10th year, COASP is a major annual scholarly publishing conference that brings the open access community together to discuss new developments and innovations in scholarly publishing, and unite in shared goal to enable research around the world to be openly accessible. In this important celebratory year for COASP, they will be kicking off the conference with an 'Early Movers' panel, in which key actors from the early years of the open access movement - Vitek Tracz, David Prosser, Susan Murray, Marin Dacos, Jean-Claude Guédon, and Caroline Sutton - discuss the history of the movement and the great progress in open access publishing that has been made since COASP held its first conference in 2008, and reflect on where open access publishing is heading.

Panel topics include: F.A.I.R. Research Outputs; Open Access Monographs; Transformative Agreements; and New Models in Open Access Publishing. A broad range of interdisciplinary global perspectives will be hosted on other panels and in keynotes. There will be a large number of networking opportunities for further discussion and collaboration between attendees. Delegates from a wide range of backgrounds at all stages of their careers who are working in publishing, librarianship, government, higher education, funding agencies, nonprofits, and other affiliated industries are welcome.

The conference is being discussed on social media with the hashtag #COASP10. Enquiries regarding the conference should be directed to coasp@oaspa.org.

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NIH to host full-day public workshop on using AI and ML to advance biomedical research
- 09 Jul 2018

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are accelerating the capabilities and possibilities for a range of industries, including biomedical research and healthcare delivery. Current and potential applications of AI/ML to scientific research are anticipated to speed clinical diagnosis, treatment, and therapies. To explore these opportunities, the National Institutes of Health is hosting a full-day public workshop, Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Advance Biomedical Research.

The workshop will feature leading experts from Amazon and IBM, and scientists from the NIH Clinical Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Cincinnati who are employing AI/ML in biomedical research settings. Craig Mundie, who served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and was formerly Microsoft's Chief Research Strategy Officer, will deliver the keynote address.

Research areas expected to benefit from AI include medical imaging analyses, diagnostics, genomics, vaccine design, large-scale integrative analysis of data, healthcare analytics, precision medicine, and public health, among others. Speakers will present on topics such as integration of AI/ML into healthcare, using AI/ML in biomedical research in the future and in what capacities, the potential for AI/ML to enhance clinical care and scientific discovery, and ethical considerations.

The workshop is scheduled for July 23, 2018, from 8:45 a.m. - 4:40 p.m. EDT at the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35, Room 620 on the NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Maryland. The summit will also be available to view online via live videocast at: https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=28053&bhcp=1.

Registration is required. Interested parties may visit https://tinyurl.com/y82tp3wg to register for this workshop.

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