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Open Access Publishing

A two-day Public Knowledge Project Workshop

December 4 and 5, 2008 in the Refectory, Holme Building, University of Sydney

Program | Presentations

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) was initiated in response to recognition of the potential for scholarly outputs to be made available through open access via the world wide web and is dedicated to "improving the scholarly and public quality of research".

Australian universities have been quick to take up the opportunities to publish using the rapidly growing suite of open source software products which support open access publishing. These include the Open Journal System (OJS) and Open Conference System (OCS), to be joined in the near future by the Open Monograph Press.

This software is increasingly being used as the basis for institutional services that support open access publishing. One example is the UTS ePress.

APSR is pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for users and potential users of PKP products to come together for a two-day workshop. The workshop will be organised according to a number of themes:

There will also be the opportunity to hear about and discuss future developments such as the impact of Web 2.0 developments and the way in which these can be incorporated into future PKP changes, and the proposed modularisation of the various systems to enable mix and match solutions to publishing needs.

Who should attend?


  • Professor John Willinsky - Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and director of the Public Knowledge Project at Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. Much of his work, including his book, The Access
    Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006), winner of two outstanding book awards, as well as PKP's award-winning open source software for journals and conferences, is free to download through the project's website.
  • MJ Suhonos - system developer and librarian with the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University. He has served as technical editor for a number of Open Access journals, helping them to improve their efficiency and sustainability. More recently, he leads development of PKP's Lemon8-XML software, as part of their efforts to decrease the cost and effort of electronic publishing, while improving the quality and reach of scholarly communication.
  • Professor Tom Cochrane, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information & Learning Support), Queensland University of Technology & Chair of the Australian eResearch Infrastrubture Council (AeRIC)
  • Professor Paul Turnbull, School of Arts, Griffith University
  • Dr Geoffry Borny, Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities, College of The Arts and Social Sciences, and Member of the Emeritus Faculty at The Australian National University
  • Dr Paul Ashton, Associate Director of Social Inquiry and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Public History University of Technology, Sydney
  • Dr Alexander Cooke, Australian Research Council
  • Bobby Graham, Web Content Manager, National Library of Australia
  • Dr Alex Byrne, University Librarian, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Andrew Stammer, Journals Publishing Director, CSIRO Publishing
  • Australian open access publishers and PKP users.

Conference dinner

The dinner will be held in the WP Young Room of the Veterinary Science Conference Centre at 6.30pm, following drinks at 5.30pm.


The cost of registration is $265 for delegates and $215 for speakers. This amount includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and the conference dinner.

This event is subsidised by the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories which is funded to do outreach work in this area by the Department of Education, Science and Training as part of the Commonwealth Government's "Backing Australia's Ability - An Innovative Action Plan for the Future".


Registrations for this event have now closed. Any late applications to attend should be addressed to

Cancellations and substitutions

Cancellations should be notified in writing to There will be no refunds available after 27 November. Substitutions can be made but it is preferred that these be notified well before the event.