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Symposium synopsis

The symposium synopsis is available to download:

Date Tuesday 30th November 2010
Time 10.00am-5.00pm
Where Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street
Intended audience All University of Manchester academic staff, contract research staff, research support staff and librarians; postgraduate research students; invited delegates from outside the University.
Registration Individuals wishing to attend the event should register by emailing Erica Mackay, email: carly.rolfe@manchester.ac.uk
Further information Details available from the website, http://www.manchester.ac.uk/library/scl
Cost The event is free to all University of Manchester staff and postgraduate research students
Follow up Delegates will receive an information pack to take away on the day. We will make speaker presentations available online.

In an annual series hosted by John Rylands University Library, this second symposium will investigate the opportunities and challenges presented by the technological, financial and social developments that are transforming scholarly communication.

The adoption of the World Wide Web in the last 5-10 years and rapid developments in digital publishing mean that it is now more important than ever that researchers are fully aware of the opportunities that these developments enable.

Research data management and preservation of digital content represent significant technical and cultural challenges to researchers and their host institutions.

Online social networks are playing an increasingly important role in scholarly communication. These virtual communities are bringing together geographically dispersed researchers to create an entirely new way of doing research and creating scholarly work.

The so-called "Scholarly Communication Crisis" is still the single largest financial driver for the transformation of scholarly communication. The "credit crunch" has further compounded this crisis. The Open Access movement presents opportunities and challenges in this area.

Researchers now need to comply with funder mandates which require individuals to retain the copyright of their work and/or deposit it in an open access repository. Furthermore, research councils are increasingly requiring researchers to disseminate, curate and preserve primary experimental data.

Ultimately, it is in individual researchers and institutions own best interests to understand the changing scholarly communication landscape so that they may benefit from the opportunities and prepare for the challenges.