The future of scientific publishing - #openscience

If you are interested in the future of scientific publishing, open access, and big data and if you happen to be somewhere close to Stanford University on Thursday, have I got a deal for you.

The Stanford University Dean of Research Office, the Stanford University Libraries, the Stanford University School of Engineering, the American Physical Society, and the Stanford Photonics Research Center are sponsoring a forum entitled

Future of Scientific Publishing: Open Access to Manuscripts and Big Data

Here's a brief description from the website:

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has directed federal agencies "to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication... Such results include peer-reviewed publications and digital data." These agencies are required to submit draft plans by August 22, 2013.

Funding agency responses could dramatically change how scientific information is exchanged and archived, as well as how scientific research is performed in the US.

We feel strongly that university faculty should be aware of the preliminary proposals being developed by the funding agencies and their potential impacts on the University research community.

More information about the forum is available at https://lib.stanford.edu/scipubforum2013. I hope that the presentations1 are made available after the forum so that those of us who aren't able to attend can benefit. That would be in the spirit of openscience, after all.

1Or at least summaries of the presentations.