Public Knowledge Project Scholarly Publishing Conference 2009

The Public Knowledge Project, a research and development initiative that promotes better scholarly research and publication through online publishing and the creation of knowledge-sharing environments, will be holding a conference in Vancouver, British Columbia from July 8-10 at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus at the Harbour Centre. For anyone interested in learning more about online publishing and open-access, I suspect you might learn a lot.

Professor John Willinsky, founder of PKP, will be giving the opening keynote titled “Free? What’s So Special About Learning? The Intellectual Property Argument”. The conference will also feature a number of different workshops and plenary sessions on open-access publishing, the shift from print to online journals, and a number of different open-source publishing applications. They have posted a preliminary schedule of events and registration is now open.

The conference is intended for “those involved in the organization, promotion, and study of scholarly communication,” so I hope some Canadian historians can make it. I know I’m looking forward to hearing Professor Willinsky’s opening keynote.

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