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CALL: Host the Annual International Open Repositories Conference in 2015 | DuraSpace

CALL: Host the Annual International Open Repositories Conference in 2015 | DuraSpace | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"The Open Repositories Steering Committee seeks proposals from candidate host organizations for the 2015 Annual International Open Repositories Conference. Proposals from all geographic areas will be given consideration.

Important Dates

The Open Repositories Steering Committee is accepting proposals to host the OR2015 conference until September 30, 2013. Initial expressions of interest or questions about OR2015 are encouraged and should be received by August 22, 2013.

Candidate institutions must have the ability to host a four-day conference of approximately 350-500 attendees (OR2012 held in Edinburgh, UK drew approximately 450 attendees). This includes appropriate access to conference facilities, lodging, and transportation, as well as the ability to manage a range of supporting services (food services, internet services, and conference social events; conference web site; management of registration and online payments; etc.). The candidate institutions and their local arrangements committee must have the means to support the costs of producing the conference through attendee registration and independent fundraising. The OR Steering Committee can provide further information on costs and fund-raising associated with recent conferences, or a sample proposal, to sites that have a potential interest in hosting the conference."

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Evaluating the Open Access software toolchain

Evaluating the Open Access software toolchain | Open Access News from the RSP team | Scoop.it

"I received an interesting email this week from Nate Wright, who posed the following questions: "I’m a web developer interested in contributing to a low-cost, open-source solution for online academic publishing. Prompted by a conversation with a former lecturer of mine, I’ve spent some time investigating the various open-source or low-cost options for digital journal publication (OJS, Scholastica, Annotum, Faculty, and the collection of tools being developed by the team at eLife).

It looks like OJS is the only open-source platform out there which can provide end-to-end capabilities for running a journal. In my own experience, though, I’ve grown wary of niche CMS’s, which lack a large body of tools and community support to help inexperienced site admins easily customise and extend their website. Even fairly large and well-maintained CMS’s, like Silverstripe, really suffer from the small size of their community developing plugins and themes. OJS seems pretty tightly bound to traditional publishing cycles as well, which will limit its utility as academic publishing transitions to new models. Speaking purely from the perspective of a mainstream web developer, if I was advising someone setting up a journal now, I would tell them they were taking a risk by committing to OJS. It’s not clear how a successful journal website could mature on the platform over time and whether or not data would be portable if (when) a better solution arises in the future."

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