Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Public Knowledge Project Conference 2009

The Public Knowlege Project Conference looks good.
The Public Knowledge Project is dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research. It operates through a partnership among the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library, the School of Education at Stanford University, and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. The partnership brings together faculty members, librarians, and graduate students dedicated to exploring whether and how new technologies can be used to improve the professional and public value of scholarly research. Its research program is investigating the social, economic, and technical issues entailed in the use of online infrastructure and knowledge management strategies to improve both the scholarly quality and public accessibility and coherence of this body of knowledge in a sustainable and globally accessible form.
Some info about the meeting.
PKP Conference 2009 - Early Bird Registration Ends June 8

Planning to attend the Second International PKP Conference in Vancouver from July 8 - 10, 2009? If so, you should register soon, as the Early Bird rates will be ending June 8!

If not, you might want to take a closer look at our outstanding program with over 50 sessions by a truly international caste of speakers from 6 continents, including experienced library and open access publishers, and leaders in academic publishing technologies and initiatives.

Our prestigious international speakers include:
  • John Willinsky, PKP Director and Professor at both the Stanford University School of Education and the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia;
  • Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Internationally renowned author and Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature as well as the Director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine;
  • Ana Maria Cetto, Investigator, Physics Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Technical Cooperation Leader and Subdirector of the International Atomic Energy Agency;
  • Gregg Gordon, Social Science Research Network President and CEO;
  • and many more presentations
This year's conference combines a stimulating mixture of both the theoretical and practical, with several pre-conference and post- conference workshops on Open Journal Systems, Lemon8-XML, Creating Open Access Journals, Networkshops for Editors, Librarians, and Software Developers, and Walking the Talking with the CLA Open Access Interest Group.

Additional conference highlights include:
  • An early look at the latest PKP software application, the Open Monograph Press;
  • Opportunities for face to face meetings with the PKP Team;
  • A hackfest for developers to get together, experiment, and innovate;
  • A special focus on graduate students and scholarly publishing;
  • And, of course, the beauty of Vancouver in the summer!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Kete 1.2

News from the Kete folks.
The much anticipated Kete 1.2 release is now available. The official announcement can be read....

Kete 1.2 contains the first functionality to allow the beginnings of integration with Koha 3 (along with other ILS that provide RSS feeds for their catalogs) and 1.3 and 1.4 will contain more extensive ways tie to tie-in to a libraries other online resources like Koha.

To grab the software, read the details of the downloads topic.

You can browse the code online.
What is Kete?
Kete is open source software that you can use to create online areas for collaboration for your community. Write topics and upload images, audio, video, documents. Discuss them all. Link them together.

It's been called a "relational wiki" and " a mashup between content management and knowledge managment". It's a fun way to get things done.