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FORCE2018 at McGill University on October 11-12, 2018 – with pre-conference workshops on Oct 10 hosted at Concordia University

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Thursday, October 11


Learning from the enemy: building a successful open science movement from the rubble of today
We have been talking about open research for at least a decade, yet the ways that most scholars manage and communicate their work has not changed significantly. Government and institutional policies are everywhere, there are new tools and services launching every day. But we aren’t winning. To make meaningful advances towards open scholarly communication we need to operate like a large-scale political or social movement, coordinated both top down and grassroots up. We must consolidate efforts, funds, and ideas to do bigger things together. Unifying purpose, developing collective and synchronized action, and clear communication programs are the key ingredients to enacting widespread change. This talk will examine our current paths and lay out a strategy to build the scattered efforts in open research into a sweeping and successful movement.

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Kristen Ratan

Co-founder, Coko Foundation
Kristen co-founded the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko). She has 20 years of experience developing new technology, leading strategic innovations, and building community in the publishing industry. Kristen was most recently the Publisher at the Public Library of Science (PLOS... Read More →

Thursday October 11, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom, New Residence Hall Conference Centre, McGill University 3625 avenue du Parc Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P8
Friday, October 12


Transparency in an Age of Surveillance
This Keynote will address the challenges of understanding and defining transparency in an era of "post-truth" and ubiquitous surveillance. Focusing on our participation in social media platforms, I will provide an overview of how computational propaganda and platform politics pose threats and challenges to democratic processes. Political actors not only seek to spread disinformation but to sow confusion, anarchy, and mistrust that effectively erodes trust in media and governments. Of particular concern is how digital media propaganda, algorithms, and activism target emotions to influence public opinion, and often seek to inflame pre-existing emotional tensions surrounding racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia. The talk will invite the audience to consider the possibilities of trust given our complex media landscape.

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Megan Boler

Professor, University of Toronto

Friday October 12, 2018 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom, New Residence Hall Conference Centre, McGill University 3625 avenue du Parc Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P8


Factors affecting researchers' open access publishing practices
Over the last decade, the proportion of papers available in open access (OA) has increased tremendously, and now accounts more than half of the literature recently published. However, little is know on the factors that influence individual researchers' open access publication patterns. For instance, do we observe a gender gap in OA publishing? Are there types of institutions that lead to higher rates of OA dissemination? Are institutional and funder OA mandates associated with higher OA availability of papers? Based on more than 10 million research papers and combining Web of Science data with the Unpaywall tool, this talk will provide an overview of organisational, disciplinary and socio-demographic characteristics associated with OA publishing. It will also discuss methodological challenges associated with the compilation of such indicators, and provide policy implications for the various stakeholders.

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Vincent Larivière

Professor, Université de Montréal
Vincent Larivière is associate professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, where he teaches research methods and bibliometrics. He is also the scientific director of the Érudit journal platform... Read More →

Friday October 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Ballroom, New Residence Hall Conference Centre, McGill University 3625 avenue du Parc Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P8