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Open Access and Scholarly Communication:  The Current Landscape, Future Direction, and the Influence on Global Scholarship

Daniel Alemneh, Samantha Hastings, Suliman Hawamdeh, Austin McLean and Abebe Rorissa

ASIST 2011 Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA, October 9-12, 2011


Summary

The synergies of numerous emerging trends such as the development of open source software, global and explosive growth of social networking, interinstitutional data sharing, cross discipline collaborations, etc. provide new directions for scholarship. The rapid pace of development poses new threats and challenges to scholarly communication as well. Open access is increasingly viewed as a popular alternative to traditional distribution methods. Despite the overwhelming agreement regarding the concept of open access, there are however, significant differences and debate about a number of issues. This panel brings together diverse stakeholders, explores the current landscape and future direction of scholarly communication, and reflects on the overall implications on global scholarship.


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