[open-science] SPARC honors Michael Nielsen as innovator for bringing Open Science into the mainstream
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From: Jennifer McLennan <jennifer at arl.org>
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Subject: [sparc-oaforum] SPARC honors Michael Nielsen as innovator for
bringing Open Science into the mainstream
To: Jennifer McLennan <jennifer at arl.org>
For Immediate Release
January 17, 2012
For more information, contact:
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
SPARC honors Michael Nielsen as innovator for bringing Open Science into
Washington, DC – Michael Nielsen, a 37-year-old, Australian quantum
physicist, just completed a 17-city tour in seven countries, doing a series
of presentations to promote the open sharing of data and research to
advance science. On top of that, he spent a month traveling to promote his
book, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science (Princeton
University Press, 2011). His talk of changing the culture of science has
drawn audiences beyond typical academics. Nielsen’s passion, credibility as
a scientist, and knack for storytelling has helped propel the issue of Open
Science into the mainstream.
For being a thought leader and demonstrating how doing science in the open
can promote change and bringing the discussion to a new level, SPARC honors
Nielsen as the January 2012 SPARC Innovator.
“Michael is an incredibly bright scientist and researcher in this own
right,” said Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC. “But he also has
a view beyond 30,000 feet of the entire scientific enterprise, and the
value that open brings to the table.” His efforts have helped the average
citizen begin to think about Open Science and how to push the issue
forward, she said.
Reinventing Discovery was named as one of the top books of 2011 in the
Financial Times. It was reviewed widely, including mention in The Wall
Street Journal, Nature, and the New York Journal of Books. The book was
named as one of the top books of 2011 in the Financial Times and one of the
best science books of the year by the Boston Globe.
To read the full profile of Michael Nielsen, SPARC’s January 2012 SPARC
Innovator, visit http://www.arl.org/sparc/innovator.
The SPARC Innovator program recognizes advances in scholarly communication
propelled by an individual, institution, or group. Typically, these
advances exemplify SPARC principles by challenging the status quo in
scholarly communication for the benefit of researchers, libraries,
universities, and the public. SPARC Innovators are featured on the SPARC
Web site semi-annually and have included Ventura Perez, PLoS One, Mike
Rossner, executive director of the Rockefeller University Press (RUP) in
New York; The Optical Society of America, R. Preston McAfee of the
California Institute of Technology in Pasadena; Harvard University FAS;
student leaders; Ted and Carl Bergstrom; Melissa Hagemann of the Open
Society Institute; the University of California; and Herbert Van de Sompel
of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. SPARC Innovators are selected by the
SPARC staff in consultation with the SPARC Steering Committee.
Individuals can nominate their colleagues as potential SPARC Innovators at
For further information or a list of previous SPARC Innovators, please see
the SPARC Web site at http://www.arl.org/sparc/innovator.
SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC
Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800
academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of
scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational, and publisher
partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research. SPARC is
on the Web at http://www.arl.org/sparc/.
Director of Programs & Operations
jennifer at arl.org
(202) 296-2296 x121
Fax: (202) 872-0884
The SPARC Open Access Meeting
March 11 - 13, 2012
Open Access Week 2012
October 22 - 28
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