2. November 2017




Upcoming Events

ALA Midwinter Meeting

February 9-11, 2018
Denver, CO (US)

Write to campbell@mpdl.mpg.de to schedule a meeting.

Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar: The next steps for delivering open access – implementation, expansion and international trends

February 20, 2018
London, UK

Colleen Campbell speaking in the session 10.20 – 11.00 “International trends in open access”: What are the current trends and patterns in international open access? What are the divergences between UK and the EU models, and how might these impact future research collaborations? How are the UK’s global partners approaching and delivering open access, and how can this influence the UK’s model of delivery post-Brexit?

NFAIS 2018 Annual Conference

February 28 – March 2, 2018
Alexandria, VA (US)

On Thursday, March 1, at 8:30 Ralf Schimmer will speak on “Restructuring a Digital Infrastructure: Creating a digital infrastructure to provide information, store data, publish research results and establish web-based, scientific collaboration”.

UKSG 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition

April 9 – 11, 2018
Glasgow, UK

On Monday, April 9, at 11:30 Ralf Schimmer will speak on “Just how open are we?”

14th Berlin Open Access Conference

December 3 – 4, 2018
Berlin, DE

The 14th Berlin Open Access Conference will be held on 3-4 December 2018 at the Max Planck Society’s Harnack House in Berlin. The conference will be have a completely new format to ensure that key representatives from the academic and research communities from around the world will have the opportunity to measure the progress of different approaches in the open access transition and strategize together on concerted actions that will drive the transformation of scholarly communications.

List of past events.


OA2020 Workshops

Following successful workshops in South Africa, Brazil and at the Max Planck Digital Library offices in Munich, Germany, we are pleased to help coordinate and support workshops and webinars to define transformational strategies and roadmaps in local contexts. Please contact us for more information.

Open Access 2020 Transformation Workshops:

6-8 March 2018 (places fully booked)

5-7 June 2018 (registration will open in March)

25-27 September 2018 (registration will open in June)

For librarians and staff looking to take pro-active steps to accelerate the transition of scholarly communications to open access.

Highly interactive, this workshop provides participants with a clear understanding of the strategic and practical aspects of transitioning to open access, enabling them to create and implement their own OA2020 roadmap to drive open access within their local community and have impact on a global scale. Led by MPDL librarians and staff with over 10 years of experience in developing and perfecting OA strategies and workflows, the workshop is a fantastic opportunity to share experiences and learn best practice in managing and leading the open access transformation.

Participants of previous workshops had this to say:
“Excellent level of detail and depth of topics covered – each part related to the other. It was perfect!”
“Most useful workshop I have attended. Invaluable knowledge & new insights. Good tools, contacts and methods”

Workshop content

  • Current open access landscape
  • The economics of open access
  • Components of a roadmap to open access
  • Data analysis and value assessment
  • Transformation strategies
  • Transitional agreement review (ie offsetting, read and publish, etc.)
  • Negotiation tactics
  • Open access workflow efficiencies (fund and agreement management)
  • On the horizon and future trends

Date: Tuesday through Thursday, 6-8 March 2018

Location: Max Planck Digital Library, Amalienstraße 33, 80799 München, Germany

Language: English

Level: The workshop is geared toward librarians and staff affiliated with higher education or research institutions and consortia who have working knowledge of licensing of electronic resources and/or open access.

Fees: There is no registration fee for the workshop, but participants are asked to provide for their own travel and accommodation.

The workshop is highly interactive; places are therefore limited and will be granted on a first come-first serve basis.

To register your interest in participating and for any further information, please contact me at campbell@mpdl.mpg.de.

If you would like to participate in the workshop but the dates are not feasible, please let me know, as we plan to offer further workshops and we will be happy to keep you informed.

Colleen Campbell
OA2020 Partner Development
Max Planck Digital Library
+49 160 9725 1536


Berlin Open Access Conference Series

Berlin Declaration, 2003, Berlin, Germany

Berlin 2, 2004, Genf, Switzerland

Berlin 3, 2005, Southampton, England

Berlin 4, 2006, Potsdam, Germany

Berlin 5, 2007, Padua, Italy

Berlin 6, 2008, Düsseldorf, Germany

Berlin 7, 2009, Paris, France

Berlin 8, 2010, Beijing, China

Berlin 9, 2011, Washington D.C., United States

Berlin 10, 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Berlin 11, 2013, Berlin, Germany

Berlin 12, 2015, Berlin, Germany

Berlin 13, 2017, Berlin, Germany

Berlin 14, 2018, Berlin, Germany