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: 
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 graphics. 

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