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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 100 rsvps

August 2017 Librarian Community Call

This call brings together all librarians working with, or learning about, all things Open--and gives folks an opportunity to connect with each other to better their work and librarianship.

Please share the invitation to participate in this call with any librarians on your campus who may be interested.

Call Agenda

This month, in addition to our usual updates and requests for support, we'll be chatting about Elsevier's recent acquisition of bepress, and have a wider conversation about ownership of library and scholcomm tools.  We'll also take some time to discuss our ideas and actions for this year's Open Access Week in October.  You can find all the proposed agendas and minutes from the Librarian community calls in one place, right here.

Joining details

To join the conference call from your computer, go to https://www.uberconference.com/SPARCconference

To join the conference by phone within the US, dial 855 277 1599.  To join the conference by phone outside of the US, see https://www.uberconference.com/international.  This page provides local dial-in numbers for 50 countries.  If available, you can dial into the local number for your country then enter our conference line information when prompted (phone number: 855 277 1599).  If a local dial-in number isn’t available for your country, we suggest you either login from your computer using the instructions above or dial the US number using Skype.

What to expect

Community calls are always friendly, and we love new faces. The more you participate, the more you'll get out of it! No doubt there will be a lot of this too. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM Kolkata · ₹500.00 INR · 119 rsvps
St. Xavier's College, Ranchi in Ranchi, India

OpenCon 2017 Ranchi

The OpenCon 2017 Ranchi satellite event happening for the second time in Ranchi after is great success last year at the Ranchi University Campus.

The event Programme Committee is as follows: 

  • Chief Patron: Dr Ramesh K Pandey, VC, Ranchi University

  • Patrons: Dr Fr Nicholas Tete, sj, Principal; Dr Fr Nabor Lakra, sj., Vice Principal

  • Organising Secretary: Dr Ajay K Srivastava

  • Convenor: Dr Madhulika Singh

  • Hosts: Dr Sanyukta Kumar, Dr Swarath Choudhury

  • Members: Fr Pradeep Kujur, Fr Dr Prabhat K Soreng, Dr RK Das. Prof BK Sinha, Prof Manoj K Singh, Dr Lalit Sharma

  • Advisors: Dr Jyoti Kumar (PG Dept. Of Botany, RU), Dr Abhijit Dutta (PG Dept. Of Zoology, RU), Dr Jayeeta (Amity University), Dr Shalini Lal (Ranchi College)

The event will have the following talks: 

  • Present specter of Research by Bharti Singh Raipat

  • Communities in Practice for Open Access by Sridhar Gutam

  • Online/Offline Journals by Niraj Kumar

  • Role of e Journals and how to make the best use thereof by Ramesh Kumar

  • Open Access, Open Education by Joe Hill

  • Citations, Impact factors, Ratings by Nishikant Kumar

  • Predatory or Questionable Journals by Dr Barnali

  • Open access and Payment liabilities by Venkat Appa Rao

Contact:

Ajay Kumar Srivastava 
Head, Department of Botany 
St. Xavier's College, Ranchi 
Email: ajaysrivas11@gmail.com 
Mobile: +919835325220

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

August OpenCon Community Call

OpenCon community calls give a chance for you to learn what's happening in open research and education around the world, share what you're doing and find collaborators and opportunities. 

Call Agenda

You can find all the proposed agendas and minutes from the community calls in one place, right here. The best way to share this link is with: http://bit.ly/OpenConCommunityCalls

Joining details

To join the conference call from your computer, go to https://www.uberconference.com/SPARCconference

To join the conference by phone within the US, dial 855 277 1599.  To join the conference by phone outside of the US, see https://www.uberconference.com/international.  This page provides local dial-in numbers for 50 countries.  If available, you can dial into the local number for your country then enter our conference line information when prompted (phone number: 855 277 1599).  If a local dial-in number isn’t available for your country, we suggest you either login from your computer using the instructions above or dial the US number using Skype.
Beware, calls are minuted and possibly recorded! What happens in community calls, doesn't stay in community calls. 

What to expect

Community calls are always friendly, and we love new faces. The more you participate, the more you'll get out of it! No doubt there will be a lot of this too. 

RSVP

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