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[BOAI] Webcast Invitation: Demystifying Hackathons with Brian Glanz Aug. 6

From: Andrea Higginbotham <andrea AT>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:57:34 -0400

Tools for Open Access Advocacy: Demystifying Hackathons
Another free SPARC online event
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
12:00 - 1:00PM EDT (use helpful time converter:
Registration is free, but required. Please RSVP by August 1st at:
This webcast requires both a phone dial-in and an Internet connection.
Does the very word “Hackathon” have you crawling to the nearest corner, with 
visions of computer code dancing in your head? Have you ever wondered what 
exactly they are, and why you should care? Hackathons can be a great tool, 
bringing together groups of people to complete a set goal using the combination 
of their skills – computer-based and otherwise. They are not just for the 
technologists – your individual expertise can be a vital part of a “hack.” Open 
Access Week is now just around the corner (October 21-27) and a Hackathon is a 
great way to stir interest, involvement, and possibly create finished projects 
using Open Access content.
Our guest speaker, Brian Glanz, is the founder of the Open Science Federation 
and co-founder of the American chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation. With 
both organizations, Brian has lots of experience participating in and deploying 
Hackathons where Open Access content played a critical part. For two recent 
examples, he points to the over 100 events associated with in June, and July’s in the 
scholarly publishing community.
Brian will fully explain what Hackathons are, how you deploy them, and why we 
in the library community should be participating in and utilizing them.
To accommodate interest in every time zone, this 1-hour event will be recorded 
and available on our website shortly afterwards.  
Please join us for a lively and interactive discussion. SPARC’s Executive 
Director, Heather Joseph, will be moderating questions during the webcast. Feel 
free to post preliminary comments and questions for Brian on the OA Week 
Website (  
For additional information, contact SPARC’s Communication’s Manager, Andrea 
Higginbotham at andrea [at] arl [dot] org.
And make sure to join Open Access Week Events at



Andrea Brusca Higginbotham
Communications Manager, SPARC
21 Dupont Circle, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-2296 ext 121
andrea AT

Open Access Week 2013
October 21-27

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