The Open Scholarship Initiative
Working together in partnership with UNESCO to create the global future of open


What's different about this conference?

OSI conferences will be the first to bring together a diverse group of global leaders in scholarly publishing on a regular basis to learn from each other rather than invited speakers, and work together to create actionable plans that can be implemented, monitored, and followed-up on year after year. Participation in these conferences will be by invitation only, and the host university will change every year. To facilitate interaction between delegates, the format of these conferences is workshop-based. Delegates are grouped together into small, diverse, and moderated working groups, each of which will debate specific questions in scholarly publishing and formulate answers to present to the full group at several points during the conference.

Who is invited?

225 high-level delegates representing 15 different stakeholder groups are being invited to attend this conference. Delegates can receive a list of invitees upon request.

What is George Mason's role?

OSI was created by the National Science Communication Institute (nSCI), and is being managed by nSCI in long-term partnership with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). Our gracious host for OSI’s first year (OSI2016), George Mason University, supported and managed this effort in a wide variety of ways, and was responsible for making this important global event possible. Special thanks goes out to the University’s Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, and to the leadership, faculty and staff of the Department of Communication, PressForward Institute, University Libraries and its Mason Publishing Group, University Catering, and University Information, and to the students of Comm 331, Alpha Phi Sorority, and the Mason Ambassadors program. In particular, thank you to Anne Nicotera (Chair of the Mason Department of Communication), Eric Olson (Outreach Coordinator for PressForward), Lisa Sevilla (Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the Department of Communication) and Claudia Holland (Mason’s Scholarly Communication and Copyright Officer) for their year-long effort to create and organize the infrastructure needed to support this project. Thank you as well to Mason’s College of Science, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Maria Carabelli (CHSS Finance Coordinator) and John Warren (Head of Mason Publishing and George Mason University Press), and to the PR team led by Professor Kathy Rowan and Eric Olson, and student volunteers Adetunde Dada, Kristen Dalton, Kira Wilson, Andrew Carter, Andrew Caulk, and Azize Hazou.

What's included?

Invited delegates are asked to cover their own airfare and hotel room, and also pay a $500 conference registration fee. All meals and transportation to and from the conference site will be provided at no additional charge. The conference registration fee helps cover the balance of conference costs and also creates a pool of travel scholarship funds for invited delegates. In the event OSI2016 raises enough excess funds, conference registration fees may be reimbursed for everyone.

Where can I make my hotel reservation?

A special reservation link will be provided to delegates.

Why stay at the Hyatt?

Delegates are asked to stay at the nearby Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes. The opening reception will be held at the Hyatt on the evening of April 19. Delegates will be served breakfast together at the hotel each morning and then bused from the hotel to the conference site (GMU) and bused back each evening. You can stay elsewhere, but you will miss out on important networking opportunities and will also be responsible for finding your own way to/from campus. The Hyatt Fair Lakes is the highest-rated hotel in the greater GMU area and the rates being provided by the hotel are discounted to GMU levels and very competitive for the DC area.

Will I be able to see Washington DC?

If you reserve your room soon, the Hyatt has blocked off three days before and after the conference (April 16-19 and April 22-25) for delegates interested in sightseeing while in town. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Vienna metro stop (cab service is also easily available), and from there the metro can take you into DC in about 15 minutes. If you choose to drive, the hotel offers free parking. Depending on interest, organized tours may also be arranged.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions, please contact Glenn Hampson, the Executive Director of nSCI, at

Where do I register?

Invited delegates should register for this event at (registration links are emailed individually). If you are interested in attending or would like to nominate someone to attend, please email