Eckman gave his presentation at the LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) Annual Conference in Munich on June 27, 2013.
From the Abstract:
The character of the international research environment as an increasingly open and interoperating system is becoming more apparent. Funders are increasing their accountability requirements. An entirely new array of approaches, systems, metrics and standards for measuring research productivity and impact based on open content and metadata has emerged. The growth of the field of computational bibliometrics is being driven by social and political forces that do not appear to have reached a plateau. The large commercial publishers are aggressively marketing their research assessment products to universities and other research organizations.
This paper will review two central trends dominating the global scholarly communications system — open access and research intensification. The author will identify the separate technical and social drivers underlying each trend and then identify the ways in which the trends are becoming mutually reinforcing. Research intensification increasingly drives the need for open content. In this context the continued growth of open content, business models and infrastructure is not accidental but predictable and ineluctable because of the ways in which research is conducted and evaluated. Actors in the scholarly communications system can rethink and reshape their strategic partnerships and organizational missions based on an awareness of this reality.
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