"Open Access and Changes in Scholarly Communication"
Clifford Lynch
Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
February 24, 2010


As a point of departure, Lynch will examine a survey of changes in scholarly practice driven by information technology in the broad sense (these developments are sometimes called "e-research" or "e-scholarship"; the supporting technology base is often termed "cyber infrastructure"). Lynch will move from these developments to related changes in the system of scholarly communication, and discuss some of the policy and technical issues involved in moving towards open access to traditional publications and also to the underlying data that supports these publications.

Clifford Lynch has been the Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) in Washington, DC since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. Lynch serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress, Microsoft's Technical Computing Science Advisory Board, the board of the New Media Consortium, and the Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access; he was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits.