About the workshop:
Open access to scientific content removes barriers for accessing research outcomes. Several for-profit and non-profit cases have demonstrated their sustainability in this endeavor to date. However, leveraging the full potential of open access requires considering all aspects of scholarly lifecycle and thematic search and discovery mechanisms.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) support is required for searching and retrieving contents tailored to the specific needs of the different stakeholders. Generalist search engines as Google Scholar, databases as PubMed, citation systems as CiteULike and indexes as DOAJ are access enablers for large masses of open scholarly content, but they still require significant efforts from researchers and practitioners. Activities and outcomes that are inherent to the nature of research work need to be integrated in the discovery process, including literature analysis and contrast, preprint publishing, informal feedback, different forms of peer evaluation and post-archival assessment. Reusing existing and mature metadata and semantics technology to deploy advanced, community-focused integrated services could be part of a solution to the problems above.

This workshop will bring together scientists and practitioners for discussing issues related to open access repositories and digital libraries related to agriculture.

Metadata, semantics, publishing methods and alternative reviewing systems will be discussed in order to explore the future of agricultural repositories. How to move beyond publications and include models, data and software in the open archives movement is the prime objective of the workshop.

The workshop will serve as a testbed for adopting alternative review models: Instead of blind peer-reviewing, papers submitted to the workshop will be reviewed openly via comments through this blog. For more instructions see the Submissions and Review section.