The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) will be hosting its 5th scholarly publishing conference at SFU Harbour Centre, August 11 - 14. This year, the conference is returning to Vancouver (2013 was in Mexico City and 2011 in Berlin), making this an excellent opportunity for local professionals and scholars to engage on important topics related to building open infrastructure and programs for digital humanities, publishing, and libraries. The full conference program is available on the PKP 2015 conference website. The registration fee for the PKP formal program day on August 13 has been kept at a very modest rate ($75).
PKP 2015 will see a revised format from previous conferences, with a greater variety of workshops, development sprints, community consultations, a single track of lightning talks and invited speakers, and committee meetings. Additionally, PKP’s Annual General Meeting on the morning of Friday, August 14 is an open event, which will include an overview of the MacArthur funded Open Access Publishing Cooperative, the launch of PKP’s Private LOCKSS Network, and the first public reveal of OJS 3.0 – the next generation version of the most widely used open source publishing software in the world.
There will be a very strong BC, Canadian, and international presence throughout the PKP 2015 conference, which is no surprise given the degree of international involvement in the PKP community, the partnership between the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University within the Public Knowledge Project, as well as the fact that PKP is based out of the SFU Library on Burnaby campus. We would love to see a high level of involvement and attendance at PKP 2015, especially since participating in the conference is an excellent way to catch up on emerging trends and developments in scholarly communications, network with an international group of public knowledge professionals, and support this amazing local initiative with a world-class reputation.
We hope to see you there!