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Saturday, June 9


Vision I: Sören Auer - Towards an Open Research Knowledge Graph
Title: Towards an Open Research Knowledge Graph

The document-oriented workflows in science have reached (or already exceeded) the limits of adequacy as highlighted for example by recent discussions on the increasing proliferation of scientific literature and
the reproducibility crisis. Now it is possible to rethink this dominant paradigm of document-centered knowledge exchange and transform it into knowledge-based information flows by representing and expressing knowledge through semantically rich, interlinked knowledge graphs.
The core of the establishment of knowledge-based information flows is the creation and evolution of information models for the establishment of a common understanding of data and information between the various stakeholders as well as the integration of these technologies into the infrastructure and processes of search and knowledge exchange in the research library of the future. By integrating these information models into existing and new research infrastructure services, the information structures that are currently still implicit and deeply hidden in documents can be made explicit and directly usable. This has the potential to revolutionize scientific work because information and research results can be seamlessly interlinked with each other and better mapped to complex information needs. Also research results become directly comparable and easier to reuse.

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Sören Auer

Director, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
Before being appointed Director of TIB, Professor Dr. Sören Auer, born in Dresden in 1975, led the “Enterprise Information Systems (EIS)” department at Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and held a Chair in Enterprise Information Systems... Read More →

Saturday June 9, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Grand Ballroom II/III
Sunday, June 10


Vision II: Lauren Smith - Communities of praxis: transforming access to information for equity
Title: Communities of praxis: transforming access to information for equity

Abstract: Access and accessibility to knowledge for research and professional practice has implications for social equity and democracy. Library and information services have many opportunities to make knowledge discoverable, retrievable and useable, but on many occasions are instead (actively or passively) complicit in maintaining a status quo that feeds social inequality. In this presentation, Lauren will combine work by key theorists in the field, empirical research into information experiences and practices, and her own experiences of establishing an evidence search and summary service for the social services workforce of over 200,000 across Scotland. She will explore issues of access, accessibility and user experience to consider the social justice implications of practices in library and information services, including scholarly communications and systems.

This talk will articulate how imbalanced power relations across librarianship and the systems we promote reflect those of society, and offer insights into how, through evidence-based, reflective practice, we can harness the transformative potential of library and information services to improve outcomes for society through democratising access to knowledge. It will explore how critical approaches to user experience, privacy and openness could act as as springboards to change structures within library and information services. With these tools we may mitigate against the inequalities caused by problems such as inaccessibility, algorithmic bias and ideologically-driven policies in the context of educational and workplace information practices, and maximise beneficial outcomes for the public good.

Collaborative Notes

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Lauren Smith

Information Specialist, Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services in Glasgow
I am an Information Specialist working on the development of the Iriss Evidence Search and Summary Service, and joined the Iriss team in autumn 2017. I am a qualified library and information professional with experience of supporting a range of sectors, including public, school, academic... Read More →

Sunday June 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
Grand Ballroom II/III
Monday, June 11


Vision III: Lisa Macklin - Open Access: How Accessible Is It?
Title: Open Access:  How Accessible Is It?

Abstract: The Budapest Open Access Initiative made the first public statement of open access principles in 2002.  In the more than 15 years since, open access publications have proliferated.  The ideals of the open access movement to make open access the default method of sharing research, however, have not yet been fully realized.  In this presentation, Lisa will examine where we are in the open access movement; the successes we can celebrate and the challenges still to be overcome.  She will also posit that we may have reached a moment in the open access movement when it is time to expand on our conception of open access and consider accessibility more broadly.  Librarians have been central players in the open access movement, but is there more we could or should be doing?  Should we broaden our definition of access to be more expansive and include accessibility?  As we close the conference, we’ll consider ways we can all contribute to making open access more accessible.

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Lisa Macklin

Director, Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications, Emory University
Lisa A. Macklin is both a librarian and a lawyer and serves as the director of Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications for Emory University Libraries. In this role, Lisa leads the Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications division which includes Collection Management... Read More →

Monday June 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom II/III