Published on 20 Nov 2008

Presentations and videos now available

Embedded presentations and video clips from the conference are now available here.


Published on 17 Nov 2008

Wrapping up Berlin 6

Berlin 6 is over! Since last Thursday we (i.e. the organizers) have taken time to recuperate and catch up on sleep and fresh air, both of which were somewhat in short supply after what constituted a quite work-intense, but also extremely enjoyable time. We would like to thank everyone who presented, attended, or supported us in other ways. The many contributions from around the globe made the event special and once more underlined (in our view) that Open Access truly is an issue that concerns all of us.

So what happens now? As previously announced, this website will not cease to be a helpful resource now that the conference is over. We will publish presentation files and videos shortly (i.e. everything should be up by tomorrow) and the posters presented at B6 will also be made available, as previously announced.

For now, we want to take the opportunity to point to some of the great blog coverage that we’ve received in the past few days.

Kaitlin Thaney from Science Commons has blogged the conference extensively:

We also thank Leah Rosenblum for her on-site coverage on this site during the conference. Other coverage:

  • UB Utrecht Blog
  • Language Log
  • MPDL Blog
  • and, to shamelessly plug, my own perspective

We’re looking forward to more discussion once the presentations and videos are available. Be sure to stay in touch!

- Cornelius Puschmann, B6 Team

Edit: I should also note that we plan to publish proceedings (OA, of course, in both print and digital format) and that in this vein contributors will be asked for concise summaries of their presentations shortly.


Published on 13 Nov 2008

Day 2 at Berlin 6

Reproducible research, open data, technical tools, document standards, and scholarly societies were the plenary session themes of the second day of Berlin6.

The plenary session on scholarly societies and open access included a candid discussion period, wherein we benefited by the presence of several linguists. The point was made that the word ‘free’ in English has many meanings, and that we might be better off disambiguating our discussion by using the French words liberté and gratuit.

Again, the slides and video will be available shortly but here are some quotes from the day in advance:

Open Access is not only dependent on legal issues but also on technical issues.
-Christoph Bruch on document standardization for long-term access.

Yes. We trust in Google.
-Kai von Fintel on whether he trusts that the information in his OA journalSemantics and Pragmatics” will be found even though it is not agglomerated in a traditional database.

Multilinguality is our strength and adds depth. It is also one of our greatest challenges. Open Access helps us to overcome borders.
-Ingrid Gogolin on the advantages to the European Education Research Association of moving towards OA

Posters will remain hanging in the Atrium for the duration of the conference. Attendees who missed the main poster session are encouraged to view and ask questions during coffee breaks. Electronic copies of posters will be available from this site.


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