Berlin 9 Open Access Conference in Washington DC this Year

The Berlin Open Access Conference Series will be held in North America for the first time this year! The conference will take place in Washington DC November 9-10, 2011.
Some background from the conference website:
“In 2003, a landmark meeting organized by the Max Planck Society and the European Cultural Heritage Online project brought together international experts with the aim of developing a new web-based research environment using the Open Access paradigm as a mechanism for having scientific knowledge and cultural heritage accessible worldwide.
As a result of the meeting, leading international research, scientific, and cultural institutions issued and signed The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, a document that outlines concrete steps to promote the Internet as a medium for disseminating global knowledge.”
“In order to support continued adoption of the principles outlined in the Berlin Declaration, as well to track progress on their implementation, the original signatories agreed to support regular follow-up meetings. As a result, Berlin Open Access conferences have been convened annually since 2004. The conference series now takes place in locations around the world; to date Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, France, and – most recently – China – have hosted this prestigious gathering.”

Andrew Waller Awarded OA Advocate of the Year

Andrew Waller, Open Access Librarian in the Scholarly Communication Centre at the University of Calgary, has been awarded BioMed Central’s Open Access Advocate of the Year Prize! Previously this prize has only been awarded to institutions, but the judges felt that Andrew’s commitment to promote OA justified an individual award. Here is some of the text describing his accomplishments:
“Andrew is responsible for the Open Access Authors Fund, which has covered over 170 articles for University of Calgary authors since the inception of the Fund in 2008. The Open Access Authors Fund was the first of its kind in Canada and only the sixth in the world. The Fund is one of several programs in the University of Calgary’s open access “suite” including: an institutional repository (the second largest university repository in Canada); an expansive digitization program; Open Access journals and monographs in the University of Calgary Press; and the Synergies project. Andrew has regularly written on and spoken about open access over the last several years. He is one of the people behind the Open Access Librarian blog and is a Canadian editor for the open access repository for library and information science, E-LIS. He is also Licensing and Negotiation Librarian in the Collections unit in Libraries and Cultural Resources. ”
See the other BioMed Central 5th Annual Research Award winners here.