Digital Transformation in Scholarly Communication

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20 Nov 2019 @ 12:00pm - 21 Nov 2019 @ 12:00pm
Crowne Plaza Le Palace, Brussels , Belgium

This workshop will discuss how the digital revolution and new innovative models of dissemination of the results of research might challenge the current publishing practices. It will be an opportunity to:

  • discover a number of recent initiatives, and to reflect on the best way(s) to share and disseminate the outcomes of publicly funded research.
  • discuss participants’ interests and approaches vis-à-vis these innovative practices.
  • consider the potential added value and challenges these could represent for participants’ organisations.
  • reflect on the role of participants’ organisations in that context as well as on the potential added value of collaborative approaches.

The workshop will start with a keynote address presenting the historical evolution of scholarly communication and the impact the development of digital technologies and tools have on scholarly communication. The workshop will then be structured into 3 sessions over the two half days, covering: a model of scholarly communication outside the traditional journal publication process, innovative infrastructures to support research processes and communication, and the use of blockchain in the research process. Each session will start with a presentation by a speaker(s) followed by questions and break-out group discussions. The workshop is aimed at fostering open discussions and reflections among participants, who will seat in round tables (cabaret shape). During each session, one hour will therefore be dedicated to discussion, inspired by the presentations. Outcomes of group discussions will then be presented and discussed in plenary.

Eloy Rodrigues from the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) will present the "Innovation and Sustainability through Distributed Infrastructures: from Next
Generation Repositories to PubFair" during Session 2: Innovative infrastructures to support research processes and communication
The session will present how innovative infrastructures, new functionalities and enhanced collaborative
approaches can support a transition to a landscape relying less on traditional journals.


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