The 2007 ICSTI Public Conference "Assessing the quality and impact of research: practices and initiatives in scholarly information" will be
June 21-22, 2007
I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking about peer review and certification.
(Following Elsevier, the largest scientific publisher in the world, so, you know, no pressure.)
You can check out the preliminary programme; more info is available on the ICSTI site.
I will blog this event under category/tag ICSTI2007.
Following the event, there is the opportunity to tour INIST on the afternoon of the 22nd.
(Note that the ICSTI General Assembly, which is closed to the public, continues for two days after the public conference.)
There is a new TGV line running direct Paris-Nancy that is supposed to open June 10, 2007; I can see the train schedules at voyages-sncf.com,
but it won't let me book them. The new line is TGV Est Européen, and the TGV Est site says tickets will be bookable starting April 10, 2007. Also, if I'm reading correctly, there are discounted prices from June 10, 2007 to August 26, 2007. If the TGV is running, it will only be 1.5 hours for the Paris-Nancy run, e.g.
Otherwise if you don't take a direct, it is showing times of about 3 hours in June. Currently, without the new line, it is showing direct times of about three hours, and non-direct times of about 4 hours. I think you can reserve and pick up your tickets in France. Otherwise for Canada and USA, the site is Rail Europe,
but it doesn't show the new TGV schedules for June. For Canada see specifically
For booking the new TGV East from Canada there is a new page, but just to make things a hassle, it doesn't list Nancy as an option in the pull-down menus
UPDATE 2007-05-10: The TGV Est leaves from Gare de l'Est (PARIS EST). To get there from Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Roissy airport, you can take the "Roissyrail" RER B train from the airport to Gare du Nord, and then walk to Gare de l'Est (it is just a few hundred metres away). You can either go outside at Gare du Nord, or there is supposed to be a connecting hallway ready by the time the TGV Est starts running.
The RER B is easy to get from within the airport, you can buy tickets at automated kiosks or line up to buy them from the SNCF ticket counters, you can of course also order them in advance online. It should only take about half an hour from CDG to Gare du Nord (although you might want to figure an hour, just to be safe). There are two trains, a local and an express, they leave from opposite sides of the same platform. Look at the signs beside each track - dots will indicate the stops the train makes.
UPDATE 2007-06-17: You can check the status of the train lines, as well as individual trips, via
specifically you can check SNCF - Infolignes - Trafic Est
UPDATE 2007-04-17: I have made a Google Earth KMZ of the suggested hotels and the INIST venue (which is about 5km from Nancy centre).
You can also view these placemarks in Google Maps.
By copying the placemarks using "Save to My Maps", I have also created a Google My Maps version.
The INIST site has information both on how to get to Nancy and how to get to INIST itself.
The tram1 runs directly from downtown to INIST. The INIST site says to take it in direction Vandoeuvre CHU Brabois and get off at the Faisanderie stop.
See reseau-stan.com for more information on Nancy area transit.
Disclaimer: I'm approximating the location of INIST based on what I could find on their website; it's possible the location is off slightly as I've never been there.
January 22, 2007 ICSTI event on academic user behaviour
April 28, 2006 conference proceedings: ICSTI eScience, Bielefeld + Taiga + LtF on academic library future
ICSTI = International Council for Scientific and Technical Information
CISTI = Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
INIST = L’Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique