Registration now open for November event

(July 14, 2008) SPARC, in partnership with SPARC Europe and SPARC  
Japan (an initiative of the National Institute of Informatics), is  
hosting the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008, November 17 and  
18, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Librarians, researchers, funders, administrators, government  
officials, publishers, and technologists from around the world will  
share their experiences and best practices in building and supporting  
institutional and disciplinary digital repositories. The focus will be  
on effective engagement with scholars and scientists to expand the  
sharing of research outputs via open repositories.

The meeting program, being developed by a diverse and expert program  
committee, will delve into four key areas: The Policy Environment, New  
Horizons, Building Bridges: Campus Publishing Strategies, and Value- 
Added Services. These tracks will be supplemented with an Innovation  
Fair and a Practicum on marketing and advocacy.

The organizers now invite proposals to the Innovation Fair. The  
Innovation Fair is an event inspired by Open Repositories’ Minute  
Madness that invites participants to present, in no more than two or  
three minutes, innovative or creative approaches to:
Use of repository content (such as new publishing models, data  
visualizations, data-mining, mash-ups, educational resources, etc.)
Discovery of research outputs (such as area-of-interest profiling,  
peer-discovery channels, content recommendations, research news  
integration, discipline aggregations or information portals, etc.)
Value-added services (such as author bibliographies, usage reporting,  
research promotion, multi-target deposit, distributed discovery  
channels, content of interest alerts, deposit rights clearance, etc.)
Repository promotion (such as creative marketing techniques, slogans,  
graphics, elevator speeches, etc.)
Fair projects will be featured on the Crowdvine network for the  
conference at, where presenters will be  
asked to post their slide or graphic on the network in a blog post.  
Meeting participants will be encouraged to constructively comment,  
build, and expand upon them with new ideas through their own posts and  

For details and to submit a proposal to the Innovation Fair, visit 
. Submissions must be received no later than August 10.

The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 is supported by major  
contributions from Microsoft (Conference Sponsor), Berkeley Electronic  
Press and BioMed Central (Coffee Break Sponsors), and by additional  
contributions from a number of Supporting Organizations.

This is the first North American SPARC digital repositories conference  
since the organization’s popular 2004 meeting, which drew hundreds of  
participants from around the globe and set the stage for some of the  
key developments of the past four years.

To register, book accommodation, and for more information, 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

For more information:
Jennifer McLennan
Director of Communications
(The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)
Save the date: The SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008
November 17  18, 2008 | Baltimore, MD