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Welcome to DRFIC2008!

Open access is a movement aiming to have all scholarly outputs available free online, which now becomes a world-wide trend of scholarly communication, endorsed by Budapest, Bethesda, and Berlin declarations. To realize the ideal, institutional repositories have been introduced all the world. Japan, the East Asian center of scholarly communication, have over 60 institutional repositories as of September 2007. National Institute of Informatics now support 70 universities to operate one as an indispensable part of its Cyberscience Infrastructure (CSI) initiative.

DRFIC2008 will focus on the open access movement in the world, in the Asia, and in Japan in order to contribute to a better scholarly communication in the world. Osaka, the second largest city in Japan, resides in the heart of Kwansai area, which includes the famous traditional Japanese city, Kyoto, and the fashionable port city, Kobe. It is not just the economic center but is historically and culturally important in relation to the cities in the area.

It is our great pleasure to hold an international conference in this nice circumstance. We welcome participants from all Asia and all the world and hope to discuss the future of scholarly communication with all!

DRFIC2008 is sponsored by National Institute of Informatics(NII), Digital Repository Federation(DRF), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) and Project REFORM, and orginazed by Osaka University Library and Kinki Initiative.