"A stock of the progress"
Interview of Pierre Bérard, committee chairman.
What general objectives have been set by the Berlin Open Access conference?
The objective is two-fold: to take stock of the progress achieved and to consider how to secure more involvement from the different scientific communities. The "Scientific and economic challenges" and "Scenarios for the transformation of scientific communication" sessions are particularly important in this respect.
Which scientific communities are being targeted?
All scientific communities are concerned, from so-called hard sciences to human and social sciences. Certain communities are more advanced than others and it will be beneficial for them to share their experience.
Is there any particular significance to the fact that this seventh edition is being held in France? Could this have an influence on the French open archive policy?
Several French institutions, organisations and universities in particular have signed the Berlin Declaration. Holding Berlin7 in France is an opportunity to provide a reminder of this commitment. The congress will be followed by a satellite event called "French Session", the aim of which is to strengthen France’s involvement through improved synergy between the parties concerned.
How do you feel as chairman? What does it mean to you to be chosen to chair this conference?
I am of course very honoured to have been chosen to chair the Berlin7 programme committee. For me, this is recognition of my involvement in the field of scientific and technical information.