The University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium was held on April 29, 2015. Over 175 attendees came to learn and discuss various topics pertaining to open access, digital archives, collections, and institutional repositories. Dean Theresa Byrd opened the 2015 Digital Initiatives Symposium by discussing the importance of affordable professional development such as this event to maintain this vision in the future.
The Social Media Committee created the hashtag #disymposium2015 and encouraged its use by attendees. #disymposium2015 was a trending topic as attendees tweeted throughout the day. Take a look at the tweets here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/disymposium2015?f=realtime&src=hash
The opening keynote by, Heather Joseph, the Executive Director of SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) was on “The Power of ‘Open’” where she spoke about the advantages and opportunities that come with open access. The closing keynote was none other than Kenneth D. Crews, the director of Columbia University’s Copyright Advisory Office. His talk entitled “Let’s Talk about Fair Use: Dynamic Law and Policy Decisions” encouraged participants to be proactive with all issues concerning copyright and fair use.
Attendees had ample opportunity to network. The Wine and Cheese Reception gave attendees a reprieve to enjoy refreshments and appreciate the view from the Garden of the Sea.
The 2016 Digital Initiatives Symposium is already in the works. Stayed tuned!