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The Higgs Boson discovery at CERN: Physics and Publishing (Innovation and Digital Scholarship Lecture Series)

Date & Time:
17:30:00 - 18:30:00,
Thursday 23 May, 2013


The Higgs Boson discovery at CERN has made headlines. Starting from its scientific relevance, we reflect on the meaning of ‘publication’ and ‘authorship’ for this large-scale scientific endeavor. We analyze the significance of Open Access for the field over the last decades, and how the practices of global collaboration can translate to the implementation of Open Access publishing today.

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  • Name: Wolfram Horstmann|Dr Salvatore Mele
  • Affiliation: Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford|CERN
  • Role: Respondent|Speaker
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  • Bio: |alvatore MELE is head of Open Access at CERN, where he manages the SCOAP3 initiative, which aims to convert to Open Access the entire literature of High-Energy Physics. He is the strategic director of INSPIRE, an international digital library serving 1 million records to 50,000 scientists in the field. Before discovering Open Access and digital libraries, he enjoyed a fifteen-years carriers in physics, leading scientific teams which measured fundamental physics constants, hunted for the Higgs boson and searched for extra dimensions.