A few days ago, I gave a presentation at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, to a room full of librarians, technology providers, and others interested in scholarly communication. It was a joint keynote for the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) and the UNT Open Access Symposium, both great events that bring together stakeholders interested in facilitating better, faster, more open research communication.
My talk was about “Open Source for Scholarly Communication: Why it Matters”. I don’t like to give text-heavy presentations so it might be hard to follow along with just the slides (available on figshare). Luckily JCDL and UNTOA recorded the keynote, and it will be made available online soon.
Here’s the talk’s abstract:
We can all agree that current publishing and dissemination modes for scholarly communication are not optimized for speed or utility, and are often impediments to advancing ideas and knowledge. I will discuss the current landscape of publishing tech, and what the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko) and its partners are doing to shake things up.
The presentation included a vision for scholarly communication, where:
- Technology and publishing are cheaper
- Research results are shared faster
- Publishing technology is more interoperable
- Innovation is encouraged and easily integrated
- Results are more openly available
- Researchers share all outputs early & often
Coko’s mission of developing open source technology with the community is helping contribute to this vision.
Click on the slide below to see the full slide deck.