AIMS Newsletter no. 15, December 2012

Most popular posts and pages on AIMS

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  • Vote OpenAGRIS in LODLAM's International Challenge before 15 December, 2012. More info
  • AIMS presented at the Special Track on Open Access Repositories of MTSR 2012. More info
  • The series of free webinars on Linked Open Data ([email protected]) started in December. More info
  • New CIARD leaflet on solutions to open up access to agricultural knowledge. More info
  • VOA3R organized a controlled experiment for reviewing lifecycle services More info
  • OpenBiblio, a free integrated library software. More info
  • Call for Papers Agricultural Libraries Special Interest Group (IFLA 2013). More info
  • Library Hi Tech Journal seeks papers on LOV & LOD. More info
  • Visit the updated AIMS Events Service. More info
  • Know more about the Land portal: data aggregation and stakeholder dialog. More info

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"It will be good to have a ‘one-stop-shop’ or a single place for agricultural information"

An interview with Lars Bjørnshauge

Lars Bjørnshauge is currently the SPARC Europe Director of European Library Relations. He is also the founder of the Directory of Open Access Journals, co-founder of OpenDOAR (the Directory of Open Access Repositories), and co-founder of the Directory of Open Access Books.

Lars is also currently the chair of IFLAs Open Access Task Force, which has the mandate of advocate for the adoption and promotion of open access policies as set out in IFLA’s Statement on Open Access within the framework of the United Nations institutions (UN, UNESCO, WHO, FAO), and develop case studies and best practices to support advocacy for open access.

The AIMS editorial team took the opportunity to interview him during his attendance at the UN-LINKS 2012 (United Nations Library and Information Network for Knowledge Sharing) meeting in Rome (Italy). Kindly Lars accepted to share his ideas on Open Access with the agricultural information management community.

Read the interview with Lars Bjørnshauge

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