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Digital Science Webinar: Smarter Open Access Workflows

28th April 2016
By Katy Alexander

Laura WheelerDigital Science Webinar, Community Manager at Digital Science, will be hosting our second webinar of the year, “Smarter Open Access Workflows: Reacting to an ever-changing landscape and putting the right infrastructure in place.”

You’ll hear about:

  • The outcomes of having an open access infrastructure in place at universities – what are the key benefits?
  • Global policies and infrastructures around supporting open access policies
  • Issues that universities face e.g. creating academic workflows, funder reporting and how universities approach these issues
  • Rights-retention and open access policies at universities and how this model is more effective than a deposit-only policy

The webinar will be taking place on Wednesday 11th May at 4pm BST / 11am ET. If you are unable to tune in live, register and you’ll be sent the recording of the webinar.

The hashtag will be #DSwebinar.



picCatherine Mitchell is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, development, and operational management of the Access & Publishing Group at the California Digital Library, which comprises both Digital Special Collections and Publishing Services. The Digital Special Collections Program (DSC) supports collaboration between libraries, archives, and museums throughout the State of California to provide access to a world-class digital collection that serves an array of end users, from researchers and scholars to K-12 students. The Publishing Group provides the University of California scholarly community with innovative digital publication and distribution services through the development of advanced technologies and creative partnerships. In addition, the Publishing Group is responsible for implementing UC’s Open Access policies, covering all faculty and staff employees who publish scholarly research articles.

torstenDr Torsten Reimer is the Scholarly Communications Officer at Imperial College London. He shapes Imperial’s scholarly communications strategy, in particular regarding open access and research data management, and works with colleagues across the university to implement it. Torsten is also involved in related (international) activities and engages with organisations like ORCID, sector groups and funders. Before joining Imperial, Torsten was a programme manager at Jisc and worked for King’s College London, the University of Munich and the Bavarian State Library.

peter suberPeter Suber
 is the Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Senior Researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

He’s also a non-practicing lawyer. His academic background lies in philosophy, and he gave up his position as a tenured professor in 2003 in order to work full-time on open access. He was the principal drafter of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, sits on the boards of many groups devoted to open access and scholarly communication, and has been active in fostering open access for more than 15 years through his research, speaking, and writing. ​

His 2012 book, Open Access, was published by MIT Press and released under a Creative Commons license. Choice named it an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013. His latest book is a collection of 44 of his most influential articles about open access, Knowledge Unbound, also published under a Creative Commons license. For more information, see his home page:


julia hawksJulia Hawks
 leads Symplectic’s North American business and has been working with academic institutions around the globe since 2001 in a variety of roles centred around account management, product specialization, and training. Julia is embedded in the OA-related communities – she is on the SHARE Research Information Systems Task Group, was a participant at the International Workshop on Contributorship and Scholarly Attribution, and regularly attends/presents at SPARC, ORCID and VIVO meetings. However, Julia’s biggest exposure to OA is through her ongoing work with Symplectic clients that have institutional OA policies. These roles have enabled Julia to gain a deep insight into the academic community, scholarly communications and particularly the function and future of university libraries.

After the panel, the session will open up to an audience Q&A. Attendees will be able to submit questions within the webinar or on Twitter via the #DSwebinar hashtag.

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