We are delighted to announce our opening and closing keynote speakers for Open Repositories 2016.
Laura Czerniewicz will kick off Open Repositories 2016 with her opening keynote on the morning of Tuesday, June 14th. Associate Professor Czerniewicz is the director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Prior to that position, she ran the OpenUCT Initiative spearheading the university’s open scholarship agenda including the development of the Open Access policy and the repository as well as the integration of open education. Her research interests include the technologically-mediated practices of students and academics, the nature of the changing higher education environment and the geopolitics of knowledge, underpinned by a commitment to surfacing the expressions of inequality within and across contexts. Laura is involved with policy work in various contexts, and is a regularly invited keynote and panellist presenter in South Africa and internationally as well as serving on the advisory boards of a variety of international educational and technology publications. She blogs intermittently at http://lauraczerniewicz.uct.ac.za/ and can be followed as @czernie on Twitter.
Dr. Rufus Pollock will deliver the closing keynote the afternoon of Thursday, June 16th. Dr Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge, an international non-profit using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and see it used to create insight that drives change. He was formerly a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and is currently an adviser on open data to several governments. He has worked extensively as a scholar, activist and technologist on the social, legal and technical challenges around the creation and sharing of knowledge. See more about Dr. Pollock at http://rufuspollock.org/ and @rufuspollock on Twitter.