PKP 2015 Conference overview

August 20th, 2015 by  | Comments Off on PKP 2015 Conference overview

Greetings from PKP!

The Fifth PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference, held Aug 11-14 in Vancouver, Canada, was a great success. We were thrilled to host numerous presentations covering a wide variety of topics, as well as participants attending from countries around the world, including Canada, the US, Nepal, UK, Sri Lanka, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, Denmark, Brazil, Belgium, Vietnam, Nicaragua, and the Bahamas.

This year, we tried out a new conference format featuring a series of 27 Lightning Talks — short, five-minutes-or-less presentations by different scholars and professionals, discussing a wide range of topics and issues related to open source publishing, such as journal article design, altmetrics, XML publishing workflows, and digital preservation. We received a lot of positive feedback from conference participants praising the quality and diversity of the talks, as well as the accessible format of the Lightning Talk presentations.

Framing the lightning talks we had a number of keynote speakers, such as Miriam Posner (UCLA) on “Thinking through and with the Interface: Designing Scholarship for the Screen.”; John Maxwell (SFU) on “Making Knowledge and Making Publics: The Evolving Role of the Publisher”; and Ray Siemens (UVic) on “Message in A Bottle? Facilitating Community and Open Access, Looking Forward”; as well as a panel presentation featuring emerging academics on “Publishing, the Digital Humanities, and Libraries”.

All presentations are available on the conference website. You will find the videos for the keynote speakers on the program on the PKP conference website here and the videos for the lightning presentations on their respective pages

The PKP conferences are our chance to gather together a large portion of our community, and it is inspiring to see the enthusiasm and camaraderie that exists among our members. As Alec Smecher, PKP’s Technical Architect, reflects:

“One theme that arose repeatedly during the conference was the strength of the community that we’ve found ourselves working within. As a developer I often obsess over the technical side of what we do, but software is just a means to an end. It’s wonderful to have met the people who are actually fulfilling the promise John Willinsky made when he founded the Public Knowledge Project — to improve the scholarly and public quality of academic research.”

Check out Alec’s blog post on the developers blog for an overview of the sprint days, plus the reveal of OJS 3.0 beta!

In the coming weeks, we will feature a series of blog posts highlighting different keynotes and presentations, so stay tuned for more updates!

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