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NISO Virtual Conference: Scholarly Communication Models: Evolution or Revolution?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Virtual Conference

Scholarly communication deals with the systems and processes involved in the creation and dissemination of knowledge. Scholars can’t help but have to navigate the complex issues around author rights, access, costs, new models of publishing, peer-review, and compliance with research funder policies. These scholarly communication components are continually evolving along with changes in technical infrastructure, the economics of publishing, knowledge preservation, and social practice.

Learn how scholarly communication models are evolving from the authors’, publishers’, and libraries’ perspectives. The presenters would share and discuss their approach in adapting and navigating the issues surrounding this topic.

NEW! All registrants to this virtual conference will receive a login to the associated Training Thursday on Using Alerting Systems to Ensure OA Policy Compliance to be held on October 1. (Separate registration to the training event only is also available.)  If you are unable to attend the Training Thursday in person, you can view the recording of the session.


11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Introduction
Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, NISO

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11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Ten Simple Rules for Changing how Scholars Communicate
Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D., FACMI, Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS), Founding Editor in Chief PLOS Computational Biology, National Institutes of Health

One day I sat down and wrote down what I did that day as an academic. Having done so I realized I had only been trained for about 10% of my effort that day; the rest I had learnt on the job through making mistakes. Could we do better? The Ten Simple Rules professional development series [1} was the result. Digestible advice for addressing those nagging professional development needs. I am pleased by the collaborative success that series has had. So much so, we even have an entry Ten Simple Rules for Writing Ten Simple Rules. Feeling heady, it got me thinking about whether there were Ten Simple Rules for Changing How Scholars Communicate. There are. By the time I am done you will be glad there are not 42.

Phillip E. Bourne was trained as a physical chemist in the mid to late 1970s and obtained his PhD in 1979 at the The Flinders University of South Australia. He moved to the University of Sheffield to do postdoctoral research during 1979-1981, followed by a move to Columbia University, New York, in 1981. In 1995 he moved to University of California, San Diego, where he was a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. In 2014, he moved to NIH to become its Associate Director for Data Science.

He is known for writing the book Unix for VMS Users (1990) and for being co-developer of the Combinatorial Extension algorithm for the three-dimensional alignment of protein structures, together with I. Shindyalov (1998). In 1999 he became co-director of the Protein Data Bank. He was director of the ISCB (2002–2003). He is a fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association since 2002. He is founding Editor in Chief of PLoS Computational Biology (2005-). In 2007 he co-founded SciVee and has been elected Fellow of the AAAS under Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011 and fellow of the ISCB in 2011. Bourne is an editor of the popular Ten Simple Rules series of editorials published in the PLoS Computational Biology journal. He has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industrial Alliances and a professor of pharmacology at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is an advisor to the Hypothes.is project and Associate Director for Data Science at the National Institutes of Health where his projects include managing the Big Data to Knowledge initiative.

He is author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters and editor of the Structural Bioinformatics textbook and Pharmacy Informatics.

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12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Open: Much more than a different business model
Lars Bjørnshauge, Managing Director, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and SPARC Europe Director of European Library Relations

What does it take to unfold the promises of open access? What should be changed and who are or - should be - the change agents? So far what we have seen is the beginning of profound changes in how scholars communicate their findings and how they are rewarded. What is needed is a deep cultural change in many aspects of how academia works.

Lars was Director of Libraries at Lund University from 2001 to 2011 and founded the DOAJ in 2003. He became Managing Editor of DOAJ in January 2013. He has vast experience in: change management; the re-engineering of academic libraries; the development of information services for research & higher education. He has been a strong advocat of open access and for providing services to the open access movement (open access to research publications). He is co-founder of OpenDOAR and the Directory of Open Access Books. Since 2011, he has also been the Director of SPARC Europe.

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12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Whose job is it anyway? Changing roles and responsibilities for research communication
Melinda Kenneway, Executive Director, Kudos

Traditionally, it was the publisher’s job to ensure that research publications got found and read. Now, with some 2 million new articles being published online every year, it’s getting harder for authors to be sure their work will get any attention. In this talk, Melinda will explore the changing nature of content marketing – reviewing the new channels that are available and the tactics that publishers are using to help engage readers. She will then build on this to paint a broader picture of the changing role of authors, their universities, funders, learned societies and the media in the effective promotion and communication of research findings.

Melinda has worked in the scholarly communications industry for over twenty years. After completing a degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, she began her career in academic publishing working at Oxford University Press for 13 years, where she gained a Board-level position as Global Marketing Director for the Journals Division. In 2004 she founded TBI Communications, a marketing agency serving academic publishers, societies and libraries. In 2013 she co-founded Kudos – a web-based platform that supports the research community in increasing the discoverability and reach of their work. Melinda is a member of the editorial Board of Learned Publishing and also a non-Executive Director of Bioscientifica. 

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1:00 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. Lunch Break

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1:35 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Preview of NISO Training Thursday: Using Alerting Systems to Ensure OA Policy Compliance
Erin Braswell, Lead Developer, Center for Open Science; The SHARE Project

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1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. The role of annotations in scholarly communications
Dan Whaley, Founder, hypothes.is

Annotation is rapidly being integrated into new open source tools and software libraries and adopted by a diverse cross-section of scholars, scientists, educators and others. The potential is to create a new layer over the web as we know it, enabling a rich set of interactive capabilities that until now have not been possible. This talk will provide an overview of the history behind annotation as an essential idea of the web, demonstrate some of the ways its being used and suggest plans for further development

Dan is a coder and entrepreneur that created the first online travel reservation company on the web (ITN/GetThere) in 1995. He wrote much of the software, launched the business and guided the long term technical and product vision. GetThere went public in 1999 and was sold to Sabre in 2000 with nearly 600 employees while processing approximately 50% of travel transacted online. Dan currently serves as a director of Sauce Labs, the leading open source functional testing company and Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing company.

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2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. The Responsibilities (not Roles) of Repositories and Non-traditional Outlets
Gregg Gordon, President and CEO, Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN)

There is a revolution afoot in scholarly communications. But, it’s not the one most people think of first - Open Access. The storming of the Scholarly Bastille - user centric publishing - will free very few prisoners but will unleash massive transformation that can not be controlled by any one entity. There will be a ground swell of change and repositories and other non-traditional outlets will play a critical role. More importantly, they need to understand and realize their responsibilities for all of us to benefit.

Gregg is President and CEO of Social Science Research Network (SSRN), a leading multi-disciplinary online repository of scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities. SSRN is focused on the high quality, rapid, electronic dissemination of scholarly research at the lowest possible cost - Tomorrow's Research Today.

Currently the number one social science research repository in the world, SSRN provides a variety of electronic distribution and related services to help scholars create innovative research. More importantly, SSRN works with researchers to reduce the time needed to find relevant material, provide easy access to a broad array of interdisciplinary content, and significantly accelerate the cycle of research. Its eLibrary database has 625,000 papers from almost 300,000 authors and users have downloaded close to 80 million full text papers since inception.

Prior to helping Michael C. Jensen found SSRN in 1994, he worked at KPMG and entrepreneurial companies in technology and health care. Gregg speaks around the world and writes regularly about scholarly research and the changes needed to create innovative research faster.

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2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break

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3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Libraries as Partners in Sustainable Campus-Based Publishing and Scholarly Communications
Sarah Kalikman Lippincott, Program Director, Educopia Institute, Library Publishing Coalition

As publishers adapt to changes in the production, distribution, and consumption of scholarly communication, sustainability is a key concern. Librarians have emerged as leaders and partners in a range of new sustainable publishing initiatives, including developing OA business models, streamlining production processes, and identifying productive collaborations. This presentation will discuss a range of new and ongoing publishing initiatives with a focus on how they contribute to a more diverse, technology-rich, and sustainable publishing ecosystem.

Sarah Lippincott is the Program Director for the Library Publishing Coalition, a community-led membership association whose mission is to support a broad range of publishing activities in academic and research libraries. She received her MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA in the College of Letters and French Studies from Wesleyan University. Before joining the LPC, she worked as an independent communications consultant for ARL, SPARC, and the open access journal eLife.

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3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Use Modern Metrics to Tell the Stories of Your Research
Andrea Michalek, President & Co-Founder, Plum Analytics

The research and communication environment is changing. Specifically, the types of output that researchers are creating and the ways and methods others are interacting with that output are both changing rapidly. Luckily, technology has caught up so you can now discover and tell the stories of research. By finding, categorizing and analyzing modern metrics, you can understand the narrative, empower faculty through data and improve scholarly identity. In this talk you can see that you can move far beyond citations on articles to discover the scholarly conversation. For example, researchers are sharing their research in other ways. They are creating and sharing datasets, conference presentations, videos, books and many more. People are interacting with this by downloading and viewing it, bookmarking or “favoriting” it, writing blog posts or embedding it in Wikipedia articles, tweeting or “liking” it. All of this activity about all of this research output adds up to narratives that are out there to be discovered and shared. It is increasingly important for scholarly communication professionals to be able to tell the stories of the research of their early-career researchers, newly created research and everything else. This session will cover all of this and more.

Andrea Michalek co-founded Plum Analytics, with the vision of bringing more modern ways of telling the stories of research to individuals and organizations that fund, perform or publish research. Previously Andrea founded and was the Chief Technologist of EchoFactor, a spin-off division of Infonautics, that auto-categorized the open web into thousands of topic-based news feeds. In 2001, Andrea founded Topular LLC, a consulting practice where she served as an interim technology executive for software companies. Through her consulting, she has helped dozens of startups successfully launch their products. In 2007 Andrea helped launch the Summon® web-scale discovery service at Serials Solutions where she was Director of Technology. Last year, Andrea and her Plum Analytics team joined EBSCO Information Services as a wholly owned subsidiary. Andrea earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters of Science in computer science from Villanova University.

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4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. So Now What? Some Concluding Thoughts on Takeaways and Themes
Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian, Publishing; Director, University of Michigan Press, University of Michigan Library

In the context of the rapidly changing ecosystem described by the speakers, what strategies should we adopt as information professionals. What new challenges are emerging? Are there opportunities for collaboration or new products to address these? Charles Watkinson will get the Roundtable Discussion going with some takeways from the day.

Charles Watkinson is Associate University Librarian for Publishing at University of Michigan Libraries and Director of University of Michigan Press. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2014, Charles was Director of Purdue University Press and Head of Scholarly Publishing Services in Purdue Libraries and Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He started in the book business working for Oxbow Books as a specialist bookseller and distributor in archaeology, classical, and medieval studies, holding positions in both the UK and USA. He has been a board member of the Association of American University Presses and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and was an initiator of the Library Publishing Coalition.

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4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion 
Moderated by: Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO

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