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CIRSS Seminar: Challenges and Opportunities for Open Data and Publishing

CIRSS Seminar: Challenges and Opportunities for Open Data and Publishing

Abstract: The internet and the world wide web have made sharing of data and the information they contain possible at scales and speeds that were never possible previously in human history. A new world of open access to data and scholarly work is now technically possible, which has profound implications on scholarship at universities, the broader dissemination of knowledge, the publishing industry, and economic development. I will discuss a number of issues, ranging from the cyberinfrastructure and data services needed to support this vision to barriers to open data and access publications, as well as some possible solutions. In particular, I will discuss a concept we call the "Enabling Environment" where universities, funding agencies, and publishers cooperate around a novel business model could provide path for a workable gold open access publishing where costs are controlled while publications and data are open and shareable without subscription barriers.

Bio: NCSA director Edward Seidel is a distinguished researcher in high-performance computing and relativity and astrophysics with an outstanding track record as an administrator. In addition to leading NCSA, he is also a Founder Professor in the University of Illinois Department of Physics and a professor in the Department of Astronomy. His previous leadership roles include senior vice president for research and innovation at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, directing the Office of Cyberinfrastructure and serving as assistant director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the U.S. National Science Foundation, and leading the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University. Seidel is a fellow of the American Physical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He earned a master's degree in physics at the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in relativistic astrophysics at Yale University.

Friday, April 24, 2015