Open Access Days in the three-country triangle Germany-Austria-Switzerland

Start: Oct. 7, 2009
End: Oct. 8, 2009
Place: Konstanz (Germany)
The third Open Access Days will focus on OA-related activities in the German-speaking regions. The conference is being organised by open-access.net and the University of Konstanz in cooperation with the Helmholtz Association, the Max-Planck Society, the German Initiative for Networked Information (DINI) and the universities of Linz and Zurich.

As in 2008, this year's conference will feature a parallel exhibition on Open Access.

The conference and exhibition are aimed at OA specialists and interested scholars and scientists. The wide reach of this year's Open Access Days reflects plans to expand the information platform to take in all the German-speaking regions. By extending the programme to include country-specific topics, the conference specifically addresses specialists from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Programme topics include the legal situation in the three countries (D-A-CH), business and financing models, Open Data (free access to research data), open-access journals, software and hosting solutions for repositories, the collection of statistical data on OA publications, the establishment of OA in universities and non-university research institutions and, finally, events during the international Open Access Week which will also be taking place this autumn.

During the parallel Exhibition on Open Access, which will be held on both days, OA projects, publishers, journals, repositories and service providers will present their activities. Moreover, there will be a special session during which exhibitors will have the opportunity to give a short presentation. And, for the first time, this year's conference will offer participants an opportunity to present the results of OA-related theses and dissertations at a special poster session.

In addition to inviting speakers directly, we are also calling for papers. If you are interested in giving a paper on one of the above-mentioned topics, or on another OA-related theme, please send an abstract (250 words max) by 20 March 2009 to Anja.Kersting(at)uni-konstanz.de, quoting our reference "focal session". Papers will be selected by 20 April 2009. To enable us to plan better, we would also request that those who wish to present OA-related theses or dissertations at the special poster session register them by 30 June 2009.

To do so, please send an abstract (250 words max) to Anja.Kersting(at)uni-konstanz.de, quoting our reference "poster session".

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