Universidade do Minho  
  Universidade do Minho  
2nd Open Access Conference
OA Conference 2005
OA Conference 2006

About the city of Braga

Igreja de S. Vicente
University of Minho - Braga

15 - 16 December 2008
B1 Auditorium, CPII - Gualtar Campus



Alma Swan; António Teixeira; Celina Ramjoué; Dan Gezelter; Eloy Rodrigues; Heather Joseph; Hélio Kuramoto; João Moreira; Madalena Carvalho; Maria João Amante; Maximilian Stempfhuber; Peter Murray-Rust; Stevan Harnad; Wolfram Horstmann;

Alma Swan (Director, Key Perspectives Ltd)

Alma Swan obtained a first class honours degree in zoology in 1974 and a PhD in small room biology in 1978 from Southampton University . After research fellowships funded by the Cancer Research Campaign at Southampton General Hospital and St. George's Hospital Medical School (London), she took a position as Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Leicester. Her research was in medical cell biology and she taught a range of courses from vertebrate biology to the biology of cancer.

In 1985, she moved into science publishing as managing editor of a Pergamon Press (later Elsevier Science) biomedical research indexing service, published both in print and online.

In 1996, she jointly founded Key Perspectives, a consultancy serving the scholarly publishing industry.

Though she has worked in the commercial sphere for 20 years, she retains links with academic life: for four years she was tutor and consultant for the Open University Business School 's MBA programme and since 1991 has been tutor for two business strategy courses on Warwick Business School 's MBA programme. She holds honorary roles as business mentor and teacher for the Institute for Entrepreneurship (part of the School of Management ) at Southampton University . Alma has an MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Member of the Institute of Biology and is an elected member of the Governing Board of Euroscience (the European Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology).


Eloy Rodrigues (Librarian, Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services)

Eloy Rodrigues is the Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services . In recent years he has devoted much of his work to the development of digital libraries, education and training of librarians and library users and the study of the scholarly communication system. In 2003, Eloy Rodrigues lead the project to create RepositoriUM – the institutional repository of Minho University , and he has directed this services ever since. 

At the end of 2004 he drafted the formal policy of Minho University on open access to its scientific output. The other main focus of Eloy's current activity is promoting and advocating Open Access and institutional repositories in Portugal and in the Portuguese speaking world.

Stevan Harnad (Université du Québec à Montréal / University of Southampton)

Stevan Harnad http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad was born in Hungary,     did his undergraduate work at McGill University and his graduate     work at Princeton University and is currently Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at University of Quebec/Montreal and adjunct Professor in Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University, UK.

His research is on categorisation, communication     and cognition. Founder and Editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences  http://www.bbsonline.org/ (a paper journal published by Cambridge University Press), Psycoloquy http://psycprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ (an electronic journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association) and the CogPrints Electronic Preprint Archive in the Cognitive Sciences http://cogprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ he is Past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Corresponding Member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, and author and contributor to over 150 publications, including Origins and Evolution of Language and Speech (NY Acad Sci 1976), Lateralization in the Nervous System (Acad Pr 1977), Peer Commentary on Peer Review: A Case Study in Scientific Quality Control (CUP 1982), Categorical Perception: The Groundwork of Cognition (CUP 1987), The Selection of Behavior: The Operant Behaviorism of BF Skinner: Comments and Consequences (CUP 1988) and Icon, Category, Symbol: Essays on the Foundations and Fringes of Cognition (in prep).

Maximilian Stempfhuber (German Social Science Infrastructure Services)

Maximilian Stempfhuber é Chefe de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento no GESIS (German Social Science Infrastructure Services), em Bona (Alemanha), um instituto de investigação com financiamento público. Possui uma pós-graduação  em Ciência da Informação e Informática de Gestão e possui um Doutoramento em Ciência da Computação. Maximilian trabalha na Direcção e em grupos de trabalho de várias organizações nacionais e internacionais, por exemplo, euroCRIS, KnowledgeExchange e da Associação Leibniz, com o objetivo de melhorar as infra-estruturas de informação científica e o Open Access.

Celine Ramjoue (DG Research, Policy Officer, Governance and Ethics Unit)

Celina Ramjoué is a policy officer working on questions relating to access to scientific information within the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research. She previously worked in the area of research ethics and on implementing the ethics review of EU-funded research projects. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2005, Celina was a researcher in the field of comparative public policy at the University of Zurich. Celina holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in foreign affairs and political science (Universities of Virginia, Munich and Zurich) and has spent time as a visiting researcher at Harvard University and the European University Institute (Italy).

Heather Joseph (Executive Director of Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition - SPARC)

Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), a library-based organization that works to support open access to the results of scholarly research by advocating for and enabling the establishment of open access publishing and archiving channels, copyright education programs, and local, national and international open access policies.

Ms. Joseph is also the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a coalition of libraries, universities, patients advocacy groups, consumer groups, and student organizations who work to ensure that results of publicly funded research are openly accessible to the public. The group has been a leading voice on U.S. public access legislation, including landmark policy issued by the National Institutes of Health.

Ms. Joseph spent 15 years as a scholarly publisher. While at the American Society for Cell Biology, she managed Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBC) the first journal to commit its full content to the NIH’s openly accessible PubMed Central repository, and was pleased to be appointed to serve on the National Advisory Committee for this initiative.

Ms. Joseph is a frequent speaker on scholarly communications issues, and is an active participant in several professional societies. She serves on the Board of Directors of numerous not-for-profit organizations active in the scholarly communications arena, and recently completely a term as the elected President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Hélio Kuramoto (General Coordinator of Research and Maintenance of Consolidated Products)

Hélio kuramoto, PHD in Information and Communication Sciences by the Université Lumière, Lyon, France – Electrical Engineer, from the University of Brasilia. Employee of the Brazilian Institute of Information Science and Technology since February 1983, where he currently occupies the position of General Coordinator of Research and Maintenance of Consolidated Products. Areas of interest include: digital libraries, information retrieval systems, automatic indexing and open access to scientific literature.

Dan Gezelter (OpenScience Project)

Dan Gezelter is a professor of chemistry & biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.  His specialties are theoretical & computational chemistry and condensed phase molecular dynamics.  He's the original author of Jmol, and is the lead developer of the object- oriented parallel simulation engine (OOPSE).  In his spare time, he directs the OpenScience project (openscience.org) which maintains information about open source scientific software.

Peter Murray-Rust

Peter Murray-Rust is a contemporary chemist born in Guildford in 1941. He was educated at Bootham School and Balliol College. After obtaining a D.Phil he became lecturer in chemistry at the (new) University of Stirling and was first warden of Andrew Stewart Hall of Residence. In 1982 he moved to Glaxo Group Research at Greenford to head Molecular Graphics, Computational Chemistry and later protein structure determination. He was Professor of Pharmacy in the University of Nottingham from 1996-2000, setting up the Virtual School of Molecular Sciences. He is now Reader in Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College.

His interests have involved the automated analysis of data in scientific publications, creation of virtual communities e.g. The Virtual School of Natural Sciences in the Globewide Network Academy and the Semantic Web. With Henry Rzepa he has extended this to chemistry through the development of Markup languages, especially Chemical Markup Language. He campaigns for Open Data, particularly in science.

Wolfram Horstmann

Wolfram Horstmann is CIO for Scholarly Information at Bielefeld University. He has worked on distributed information management systems in several scholarly contexts: 2006-2007 as Scientific-Technical Manager of the EU-project “Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research” (DRIVER: http://www.driver-community.eu) at Göttingen University; 2006-2007 as head of the publishing services department at the academic library centre “hbz” in Cologne for an academic eJournal publishing platform DiPP (http://www.dipp.nrw.de), 1998-2006 as coordinator for several eLearning projects for educational simulations in the fields of Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics at Bielefeld University (e.g. http://www.monist.de). He is a Biologist by training, has an experimental research background in Computational Neuroscience and received his PhD for work in Theory of Science.

João Moreira

João Mendes Moreira has graduated in Systems Analysis and Computer Engineering (University of Minho in 1991-1996). In the last decade he has worked at FCCN having developed, directly or indirectly, activities in the infra-structures and advanced services area aimed for the Research and Education Network.

He was responsible for managing FCCN IT services and the corporate and business systems. He has also worked in emblematic projects such as the Internet Schools project or the European project 6DISS.

In 2004, he begin to work in the interesting information and documentation field having worked in one of the most relevant projects on this area – The Online Library of Knowledge – for which he become responsible for. In 2008 and with the collaboration of Minho University he has helped to execute the first stage of the RCAAP project which will be presented on this conference.

Maria João Amante

Maria John Amante has a degree in History (1985) and a post graduate degree in Library and Documentation Sciences (1988), both from the University of Lisbon,  a Master of Science (MSC) in information management from the University of Sheffield (1993), a course in Higher Management for  Public Administration -CADAP (2004) and a Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) from the University of Alcalá (2008).
She was also a senior fellow of the State Secretary for Culture and the British Council, at the Department of Information Studies of the University of Sheffield (1992).

Professionally, she was the Director of the Documentation Services of the Institute of Educational Innovation (1993 - 2004), currently she is Director of the Library and Documentation Services of the ISCTE (since September 2004). She also an effective staff member of the Portuguese National Library.

She is a Doctoral student in Ciências Documentales: Bibliografia y Documentación from the Universidade de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). Her areas of interest include the development of managing skills, information literacy, active citizenship, lifelong learning and teamwork.

Madalena Carvalho

Madalena Carvalho has a degree in History, from the Faculty of letters of the University of Lisbon and a post-graduated degree in Library Documentation and Sciences, from the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. She currently prepares her Masters Dissertation on the subject of Digital Libraries.

As the librarian of the Documentation and Archives Sector of the Open University (Portugal), she has been responsible for the structuring and management of information of the digital archives. In addition to this, she is also coordinator of the Inter-library loans department and is actively involved in Library user training and orientation.

She also integrates the multidisciplinary team responsible for the development of the open library project, where she is responsible for the planning, construction and development of the Open repository, of the RCAAP Project.

António Teixeira

António Moreira Teixeira has PHD in Philosophy, from the University of Lisbon, and is currently an Assistant Professor of the Open University (Portugal), where he also occupies the position of Pro-rector for innovation in education. He is an active member of the executive committee of EDEN(European Distance Education and E - learning Network) and a member on several scientific councils of international journals. He has integrated numerous working groups, and European research projects within the framework of distance education and virtual environments, as well as in the areas of open access to knowledge and learning, in particular the Task Force on Open Educational Resources of EADTU (European Association of distance teaching universities).

Furthermore, he also participates on the specialized committee of CRUP (Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities), and  integrates the working group promoting open access, being the institutional sponsor for the project RCAAP at the Open University (Portugal). At the Open University (Portugal) he was responsible for the creation and design of the Open Library project. He is still a researcher of the Center of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon.


Financiado por: POS_CUE