Internationaler Open Access Workshop

Open Access and Open Data in Language Research and Documentation: Opportunities and Challenges

SOAS World Languages Institute in collaboration with the Cologne Center for eHumanities and the University and City Library of Cologne is running the international workshop Open Access and Open Data in Language Research and Documentation: Opportunities and Challenges in Cologne, Germany from October 10-12, 2016.

Open Access, unrestricted online access to publicly funded peer-reviewed publications, has become a major movement in the academic world over the past decade. While Open Access to publications is generally supported, the call for access to the primary materials — the data on which the publications are based — is contested and sometimes hotly debated, especially in the documentation of endangered languages. At the same time, best practice in scientific conduct and sharing of data are basic academic principles.

Funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung the workshop is bringing together researchers, archivists, speakers, users, funders and research institutions from different geographical areas to discuss key issues in evaluating challenges and opportunities and provide practical solutions to Open Access/Open Data of primary documentation materials. UNESCO’s Universal Access and Preservation Section, Information Society Division, Communication and Information Sector is partnering to support policy development in the sector and to provide practical teaching materials.

Conference organizers:

Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Endangered Languages Documentation Programme

PD Dr. Sebastian Drude, Universiteit Utrecht, CLARIN

Apl. Prof. Dr. Patrick Sahle, Cologne Center for eHumanities, University of Cologne

Dr. Hubertus Neuhausen, University and City Library of Cologne, University of Cologne

Workshop participation by invitation only.

More information can be found here