Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development

Heather Joseph

Heather Joseph has spent the last 17 years in the scholarly publishing community. She began her career at the American Astronomical Society, where she was part of a team that created one of the first fully-electronic journals. While at the American Society for Cell Biology, she helped develop a system to peer review and publish multimedia content in the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBC). MBC become the first journal to commit its full content to PubMed Central, and Ms. Joseph was pleased to serve on the National Advisory Committee for this initiative.

For her work as President and Chief Operating Officer of BioOne, an innovative collaboration between publishers and the library community, she was awarded the 2002 ALPSP Award for Service to Not-for-Profit Publishers. Ms. Joseph is a frequent speaker on scholarly communications issues, and is an active participant in several professional societies. In 2004, she was elected President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Since 2005, Heather has been the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an organization that is working to support a more open system of scholarly communication.

  • The Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries, of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN G@ID
  • U.S. National Committee for CODATA
  • Brazilian National Committee for CODATA.
  • CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries