The program, with comments (I will update this on my blog, questions for the speakers welcome):
9.10 - 9.15
9.15 - 10.00
The scholarly and professional societies got a mention in this. The ACS is doing its part by publishing research free online. One risk Paul sees is that some research by universities is contracted by outside bodies, who may want to keep the results. The ACS sponsors some research by Professor John Houghton, but this is provided free online.
Providing scholarly information online will require new skills from scholars. Mr. Uhlir commented that the conference video screen was difficult to read. One table in his presentation was unreadable on screen and so was provided on paper to each delegate. Unfortunately the printed version was also unreadable. The problem was not with the display technology, but with the design of the table, which was unsuitable for use in any media. Authors can't simply produce stuff and leave the problem of making it readable to others.
I asked Mr. Uhlir if young scholars would expect a Web 2.0 ("My Space") looking system for papers and data, rather than something which looked like traditional scholarly publications he agreed with this.
10.00 - 10.30
11.00 - 11.30
11.30 - 12.15
1.15 - 1.45
So far they have released "Creating a legal framework for copyright management of open access within the Australian academic and research sectors" (2006). Unfortunately this is provided as a 4.25Mbyte 256 page PDF document, making it unusable most potential readers.
1.45 - 2.15
2.15 - 2.40
3.00 - 3.30
3.30 - 4.15
Unlike the China New Media conference, I attended recently, I felt like I knew almost everyone in the room at this event. You will see many of the people and topics I have written about previously.