The 3rd SPARC Japan Seminar 2014 -Open Access Summit 2014-Open Access Week 2014
"Science for Generation OPEN"
Date&Time October 21, 2014 / 13:30-17:00
Place National Center of Sciences,  2F Lecture Hall
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10/21-22 「Open Access Summit 2014」(Japanese)

10/22 「Part 2」(Japanese)

The third SPARC Japan Seminar of 2014, in keeping with this year’s Open Access Week theme of “Generation Open”, will focus on the various activities being taken by “Generation Open” in Japan. “Generation Open”, describes early-career researchers and future scholars, and researchers who are web-native and used to free/open resources. Meanwhile, Japanese academic societies and university libraries, with the aim of disseminating scholarly information, have been endeavoring to facilitate Open Access. This has also been taking place globally via a number of different approaches. By bringing “Generation Open“ and established academia together at this seminar, we hope to help further implementation of Open Access under a framework of international collaboration, as well as stimulate broader discussion on disseminating, sharing and reuse of research data.
Moderator: Eisuke Enoki (Kinki University Faculty of Medicine)




Opening Greeting/Outline

Ikuko Tsuchide
 (Osaka University Library)


Biomedia Art; an alternative approach for biological science


Hideo Iwasaki
 (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)

Niconico Gakkai β and the open sharing of research information on the web


Toshiyuki Yamada
 (Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library)

Science postprint; an open access scholarly journal in Japan


Shinichirou Takezawa
 (General Healthcare Inc.)

Young Academy as an open platform for imagination and creation


Shoji Komai
 (Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST))

Future Prospects; from outside of Academia


Daiki Horikawa
 (Keio Research Institute at SFC)




Panel Discussion

[ Moderator ]

Sho Sato
 (Doshisha University)

[ Panelist ]
*Hideo Iwasaki
 (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)
*Toshiyuki Yamada
 (Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library)
*Shinichirou Takezawa
 (General Healthcare Inc.)
*Shoji Komai
 (Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST))
*Daiki Horikawa
 (Keio Research Institute at SFC)
*Eisuke Enoki
 (Kinki University)



(National Institute of Informatics)

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Hideo Iwasaki (Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)

Hideo Iwasaki is working in the fields of both biological science and contemporary visual art. He obtained a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Nagoya University, and is currently Professor and the Head of Laboratory for Molecular Cell Network & Biomedia Art at Waseda University in Tokyo. As a biologist, he has studied spatio-temporal pattern formation dynamics in cyanobacteria, including molecular genetics of circadian rhythms, reconstitution of in vitro enzymatic circadian oscillations, quantitative analysis of spatial patterning with cell differentiation, and population dynamics of colony pattern formations. As an artist, he has produced contemporary papercut art in which abstract patterns are combined to be exhibited as a three-dimensional installation. Since 2007, he has also been working in biomedia art, especially using cyanobacteria and cultured cells. At his lab, both fine/media artists and scientists are sharing the benches for biology and art simultaneously (metaPhorest). He has been invited to display his works at Havana Biennial, SICF, Holland Paper Biennial, Artist-in-Residence in Linz, etc. He is a member of “Synethetic Aesthetics” supported by NSF-ESPRC (2010-) with Mr. Oron Catts (SynbioticA, University of Western Australia). He is also one of the founders of the Japanese Society for Cell Synthesis Research (the Socio-Cultural Unit).

Toshiyuki Yamada (Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library)

Working at the Yamagata University Library until 2011, he then went on to take the role of Administrator of Manga comics and Doujinshi coterie magazines at the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library at Meiji University. His current internet presence began in 2005 when he established his own blog “Myrmecoleon in Paradoxical Library”, reflecting his interest in academic research. He covered numerous topics including his library, Dojinshi, Niconico videos and Twitter. He later developed the mashup services “Map of the library collection” and @ronbutter, and received a prize for excellence in the 2nd CiNii Web API contest. He is writing the serialized “Niconico Dogo researched by Graph” under his handle “myrmecoleon”. Between January and June 2014, he planned and executed “Over the wall of dimension-Passion of substantiation for Miku Hatusne”.

Shinichirou Takezawa (General Healthcare Inc.)

Shinichirou Takezawa is CEO at General Healthcare Inc. He received his ph.D in Agriculture from the University of Tokyo in 2003. He was associated as a post-doctoral fellow with Japan Science and technology Agency (JST). Having worked at a management investment company and BIOIMPACT Co., Ltd. providing information for researchers in the field of science, he then went to establish General Healthcare Inc. in 2007.

Shoji Komai (Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST))

Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Biological Sciences of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) since 2008. He graduated from Sophia University in 1993 (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology), in 1997 he received his Master's Degree from the Nara Institute for Science and Technology (NAIST), and in 2000 he received his Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Science) from NAIST. In the meantime, he had worked at Kyoto University, Osaka University and Osaka Bioscience Institute. From 2000 to 2003 he was associated as a post-doctoral fellow with the School of Medicine of Kobe University; from 2003 to 2005 he was a Max-Planck-fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute of Medical Research in Heidelberg (Germany). Since November 2011, he is a chair of the national young academy committee of Science Council of Japan after 1.5 years preparing period.

Daiki Horikawa (Keio Research Institute at SFC)

Daiki Horikawa is a visiting researcher at Keio Research Institute at SFC. He received his ph.D. in Environmental Earth in 2007 from Hokkaido University. From 2008 to 2010 he studied Astrobiology by examining water bears at NASA’s Ames Research Center and NASA Astrobiology Institute. From 2011 to 2014 he was associated as a post-doctoral fellow with the University of Paris (Rene Decartes) and National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM).

Sho Sato (Doshisha University)

Assistant Professor at Faculty of Social Studies of Doshisha University since 2013. He received his ph.D. in Information and Media Studies from University of Tsukuba. His research interest lies in library and information science, particularly analysis of usage.

Eisuke Enoki (Kinki University Faculty of Medicine)

He is lecturer in department of pathology, Faculty of Medecine, Kinki University. Having dropped out from doctoral course at Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo, he received his ph.D. from Kobe university Graduate School of Medicine in 2006. He worked at Ako-City hospital in Hyogo prefecture from 2009 to 2011. He has been passionate about not only medicine, but science and technology policy and issues around postdoctoral fellows, carrying out various activities including publishing and speaking widely on those topics. He received the JASTJ prize in 2011 from the Japanese Association of Science and Technology Journalists. He is also medical specialist in pathology and cytology.

Ikuko Tsuchide (Osaka University Library)

A librarian, working at Osaka University Library. SPARC Open Access Program Adviser. She has been concerned in activities of open access at institutional repository communities both within and outside Japan. From 2008 to 2010, an institutional repository manager. From 2009 to 2012, a member of the International Relations Working Group of the Digital Repository Federation (DRF). 2010-2012, a member of Working Group 3 (Support & Training) of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).

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Biomedia Art; an alternative approach for biological science
(Hideo Iwasaki)

Biological science is an academic discipline researching the question of “what life is”, which has also been profoundly studied in the fields of art. Biological science has partly been related to “Bio Media art” in modern art through a flood of open sources, a constitutive approach, social issues and cultural implications. Various activities have been carried out through the use of open resources in DIY bio, Fab Lab and Bio Art. We will discuss the current situation and study future challenges in this field.

Niconico Gakkai β and the open sharing of research information on the web
(Toshiyuki Yamada)

Methods for distributing research are changing through the use of websites and SNS. I have created the widely followed twitter account @ronbutter, in order to express the appeal and validity which academic articles can hold for all of us. Recently, young researchers have also issued their findings/ideas via blogs, SNS, video-sharing sites and other web services. This includes not just academic researchers, but “researchers” in all walks of life; students, engineers, programmers, artists, writers, businesspeople, and so on. I have been a member of the web collective Niconico Gakkai β since 2011, which works to generate more enthusiasm for this kind of research sharing on the web. I would like to introduce the history of Niconico Gakkai β and my experiences in this field and in comparison to standard library work.

Science postprint; an open access scholarly journal in Japan
(Shinichirou Takezawa)

Science postprint is an open access, peer-reviewed academic social media for the next generation of scientists. We have been publishing articles in the fields of medicine, life science and environmental science since Oct. 2013, with the motto “Do what academy societies can’t do”. Supported by more than 600 peer review boards, over 110 manuscripts have been submitted and the acceptance rate is 26% as of September 2014. I got the inspiration to start this model from attending the SPARC Japan seminar in 2012. A year’s anniversary from start of the project, I am very grateful for the opportunity to talk at this seminar.

Young Academy as an open platform for imagination and creation.
(Shoji Komai)

What's the next generation of academy? This should be an open question for us, even though we've already established the National Young Academy of Japan, because we are central players in the next generation of science and research. The situation of our society is changing day by day, because we need to face and consider lots of different philosophies in this connected community. We need to consider the unexpected and sudden change which affects the progress of science behind the scenes.

Future Prospects; from outside of Academia
(Daiki Horikawa)

Open access has been rapidly spreading recently in academia. Outside of academia, especially in the field of biology, biohackers have made their presence felt since it is more prevalent to share data and knowledge in their worlds. We will discuss how alternative approaches like theirs affect the progress in biology and science.

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