What influence does the Open Access movement have on grey literature and what new forms of grey literature are created by Open Access? These and other questions were the focus of the 21st International Conference of Grey Literature (GL21) on 22 and 23 October 2019 in Hannover under the motto "Open Science Encompasses New Forms of Grey Literature". More than 50 international experts spent two days discussing grey literature at the conference organised by the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology – on publications that are not available via bookseller and are therefore often difficult to obtain. Grey literature contains valuable knowledge and is an important source of information for science and research. It occurs in many different forms, such as conference and research reports, but also university theses, patents specifications and standards.
Book Sprints as a collaborative form of knowledge production
After the welcome by TIB Director Prof. Dr. Sören Auer, Barbara Rühling, Managing Director of Book Sprints, opened the GL21 with the keynote speech "Unbreaking our Knowledge Sharing Workflows".