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UNESCO/ ICSU CONFERENCE 'ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING IN SCIENCE'
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- From: Howard Flack <Howard.Flack@cryst.unige.ch>
- Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 10:35:24 +0100 (BST)
For the information of the CEP. > Paris, 10 July 2000 > > Dear Member, > > UNESCO/ ICSU CONFERENCE 'ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING IN SCIENCE' > > The dramatic impact of the new technologies on the distribution of > information is being particularly felt in science, where many of the > innovations such as the World Wide Web were initiated. The new developments > provide enormous potential benefits for the scientific information chain > and hence for the progress of science. But there are real difficulties in > developing a new paradigm that meets the needs of science in an effective > way. > > In early 1996 UNESCO and the International Council for Science (ICSU) Press > convened a major international conference on Electronic Publishing in > Science to study these issues from the perspective of practising scientists > world-wide. It involved the broadest spectrum of experts representing the > international scientific unions and associations, librarians and > information scientists copyright specialists, publishers (both commercial > and learned-society) and information brokers. It also attempted to achieve > wide international participation through the constituencies of our two > organizations. > > The experience and knowledge shared in the lectures and discussion groups > enabled the Conference to make a number of important recommendations on how > the interests of the international community of scientists can be best > served by electronic publishing. It gave rise to a number of follow-up > activities that have examined certain issues in more detail and tracked the > continuing changes. The Conference itself is generally considered to have > been something of a milestone event in consideration of the impact of > electronic publishing in science. > > There have been major developments in the field of science publishing since > then. It now seems appropriate to review the situation, and we propose to > convene a second Conference, at UNESCO Headquarters on 20-23 February 2001. > It will provide the same effective blend of lectures by international > experts and interactive break-out sessions. Subjects to be covered will > include: the changing nature of the editorial process; legal issues of > copyright; archiving in an electronic environment; the search and > referencing function; issues relating to large data sets; ethical and > privacy issues; and economic models of electronic publishing. Again, it is > intended to involve a wide participation, geographically speaking, since > one major concern for both organizations is how the changes brought about > by the new technologies are likely to impact on scientists in less > scientifically developed countries. Another issue is the way in which > science interacts with the general community and serves national > development. > > We should be grateful if you would inform us whether your Union wishes to > nominate an expert in one or more of the fields directly concerned by > electronic publishing in the sciences to attend this conference (overall > attendance at the event is being limited to 250 persons). Participation > would be at the individual's own expense - or that of the > organizations/bodies they represent - though it is hoped that limited funds > would be available to assist travel and accommodation costs in cases of > genuine hardship. > > Overall attendance at the event is limited to 250 persons and the > Organizing Committee reserves the right to select those participants who > appear likely to make a significant contribution to the discussions. It may > therefore not be possible to accommodate all those who are nominated. > > We should welcome receiving a provisional application from your nominee(s) > by 10 September 2000 the latest. A form is provided for this purpose as an > Appendix. On the basis of the nominations received, formal invitations are > expected to be sent out in early October, along with full details of > speakers, accommodation, etc. > > I very much look forward to the active participation of the ICSU family at > this Conference, and look forward to receiving your nominations and > possible comments. > > Yours sincerely, > > Roger Elliott > Chairman, ICSU Press > email: firstname.lastname@example.org > > The Application form and a hard copy of the letter is being sent by mail. > > Rohini T. Rao > ICSU Secretariat > 51 Boulevard de Montmorency > 75016 Paris, France > Tel (33 1) 4525 0329 > Fax (331) 4288 9431 > E.mail: email@example.com -- Howard Flack http://www.unige.ch/crystal/ahdf/Howard.Flack.html Laboratoire de Cristallographie Phone: 41 (22) 702 62 49 24 quai Ernest-Ansermet mailto:Howard.Flack@cryst.unige.ch CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland Fax: 41 (22) 702 61 08
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