Washington, DC – June 24, 2008 – Higher-education leader David  
Shulenburger, Science Commons head John Wilbanks, and marketing  
communications strategist Bob Witeck are keynote speakers slated for  
the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 in Baltimore on November  
17-18. The international gathering, organized by SPARC (the Scholarly  
Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) in cooperation with SPARC  
Europe, and SPARC Japan (a Japan National Informatics Institute  
initiative), will offer a practical exploration of how open online  
archives hosted by universities, colleges, and government agencies can  
enhance their service to scholars, institutions, and the public.

In the opening keynote address, John Wilbanks, Vice President for  
Science at Creative Commons and director of the Science Commons  
program, will provide his unique and inspiring vision for the  
potential of a fully enabled research Web. The following day, Bob  
Witeck, CEO and co-founder of Witeck-Combs Communications, a renowned  
marketing communications and public relations agency in Washington,  
DC, will tackle how repository advocates can introduce their services  
to campus and agency communities. David Shulenburger, Vice President  
for Academic Affairs at the National Association of State University  
and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) will wrap up the meeting with a  
public policy perspective on the emerging role of open digital  

Joining the keynoters are speakers and panelists from around the  
world, who will look at four conference program areas – The Policy  
Environment, New Horizons, Value-added User Services, and Campus  
Publishing Strategies. Invited speakers include: Sayeed Choudhury  
(Johns Hopkins University, USA), Rea Devakos (University of Toronto T- 
Space, Canada), Norbert Lossau (Goettingen State and University  
Library and DRIVER, Germany), Bernard Rentier (University of Liege,  
Belgium), and Syun Tutiya (Chiba University, Japan). Additional  
speakers are to be selected by an expert program committee from  
submitted proposals.

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 is supported by major  
contributions from Microsoft (Conference Sponsor) and Berkeley  
Electronic Press (Coffee Break Sponsor), and by additional  
contributions from a number of Supporting Organizations, including:  
the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the  
Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Canadian Research Knowledge  
Network (CRKN), the DSpace Foundation, Fedora, Hewlett-Packard (HP),  
the Japanese Coordinating Committee for University Libraries, JISC  
(the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee), and the National  
Information Standards Organization (NISO).

The program is being developed by the members of the 2008 Program  
Committee: Jun Adachi (SPARC Japan), Raym Crow (SPARC), Richard Fyffe  
(Grinnell College), Susan Gibbons (University of Rochester), Melissa  
Hagemann (Open Society Institute), Karla Hahn (Association of Research  
Libraries), Bill Hubbard (SHERPA), Rick Johnson (SPARC), Michelle  
Kimpton (DSpace Foundation), Norbert Lossau (Goettingen State and  
University Library and DRIVER), Joyce Ogburn (University of Utah),  
Terry Owen (University of Maryland, College Park), Kathleen Shearer  
(Canadian Association of Research Libraries), Alma Swan (Key  
Perspectives Ltd.), Sean Thomas (Massachusetts Institute of  
Technology), Susan Veldsman (eIFL), and Charles Watkinson (The  
American School of Classical Studies at Athens).

This meeting is a follow up to SPARC’s popular 2004 institutional  
repositories conference, which drew hundreds of participants from  
around the globe and set the stage for some of the key developments in  
open access of the past four years.

To register for the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008, visit the  
conference Web site at Early Bird  
Registration ends September 15.

For more details, including biographies for the keynote speakers and  
sponsorship opportunities, visit the conference Web site at 



SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with  
SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more  
than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open  
system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and  
publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of  
research. SPARC is on the Web at

Jennifer McLennan
Director of Communications
(The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)
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