Open Access: Maximising Research Impact

July 7, 2010

Bioversity International, Maccarese, Rome


Organisers: Central Advisory Service on Intellectual Property (CAS-IP) and Bioversity International

Bioversity International, as one of the CGIAR centres with the aim of creating international public goods, is challenged with many questions: How to maximize the visibility of research publications and improve the quality, impact and influence of research? How to disseminate the research results in the most efficient way? How to demonstrate the quality of its research? What are the new tools to better measure and manage the research in the centre? 

The workshop intends to explore open access as a tool to answer the above questions, and show scientists its economic, social and educational benefits to make research outputs as available and widely distributed as possible without financial, legal and technical restraints. A discussion session will offer participants the chance to discuss concerns and difficulties they may have. Invitees from other UN institutions and Rome-based research institutes will provide their experience on the management of open access.


Target audience: researchers, research managers, librarians and ICT Specialists

Special speaker guest: Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, the Institute of Information Law, University of Amsterdam



9:00 – 9:30        Registration

9.30 – 10:00      Welcome and identification of objectives

10:00 – 11:00    Session 1: Open Access – background


10:00 – 10:30    What is Open Access? Available tools and their benefits to research (Francesca Re Manning)


10:30 – 11:00    Current situation within the CGIAR system  (Tania Jordan and Antonella Pastore, CGIAR ICT/KM Programme)


                        11:00 – 11:15    Coffee break


11:15 – 12:30    Session 2: legal aspects


                    11.15 - 11:45     Copyright: licensing open access content (Francesca Re Manning)


                    11:45 – 12:15    From Free Culture to Open Data: Creative Commons (Melanie Dulong de Rosney)


                    12:15 – 13:00    Open discussion

                    13:00 – 14:00    Lunch

14:00 – 15:00    Session 3:  Setting up and the tools

14:00 – 14:30    What you need to know before you start: strategic planning (Francesca Re Manning)


14:30 – 15:00    Building and maintaining digital repositories: challenges and technical issues (Maria Garruccio)


15:00 – 15:45    Open Discussion

15:45 – 16:00    Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45    Session 4: Technical aspects


16:00 – 16:30    Technical Requirements, Repository Software, Repository Services (Alma Swan. E-Prints; School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK.  )

16:30 – 16:45    Questions & Answers

16:45 – 17:30    Practical steps and future planning

17:30                Closing