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NISO Webinar: The Start Up Effect - How Startups are Changing the Culture of Scholarly Communications

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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About the Webinar

For an industry that just celebrated its 350th anniversary, scholarly communications is in the midst of a period of disruption.  Long established companies are joining new start-ups in fostering a culture of innovation and iteration in this once staid community.  New applications, tools and even new content forms are being tested and adopted by researchers and library patrons.  Understanding the drivers of this change, and its broader effects will be vital to planning near- and long-term technology investments, staffing needs, and training investments.

This session will explore the organizational and cultural characteristics that support innovation from the perspective of both new and traditional organizations.  It will also explore the impacts the culture of start-ups has already had on scholarly communications and what might be forthcoming from this innovative explosion.

Agenda and Event Slides

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


Small is Beautiful: The Rise of Niche Services and the Breakdown of Silos
Melinda Kenneway, Executive Director, Kudos

The past decade has seen the domination of 'supersites' for researchers, ranging from large content platforms, such as ScienceDirect and PLOS ONE, through to broad networking platforms such as Researchgate and Mendeley -- often with multi-million dollar investments behind them. Following in the shadow of these super sites, a quiet revolution is now taking place. Small, independent start-ups are on the rise, each tackling niche problems in scholarly communications, often focused on the needs of specific communities. In this talk, Melinda examines this trend, speculates on the potential impact of this on the 'super sites' we are familiar with today, and outlines a vision for a future of highly tailored, interoperable services for the research community, driven by innovation from start-ups.

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 working at Oxford University Press, 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

The web is changing what we publish, how we publish, and what happens after publication.
Lenny Teytelman, Founder, Protocols.io

The world wide web was developed by Tim Berners-Lee to facilitate communication between researchers. A quarter of a century later, the web is beginning to deliver on its promise for academics. Tech-savvy organizations are shifting the landscape. "What we publish" is changing with repositories (figshare, Dryad, protocols.io). "How we publish" is changing with the opening up of peer reviews (F1000 Research, PeerJ, eLife), preprints (bioRxiv, arXiv, F1000 Research), and the mega-journal (PLOS ONE, F1000 Research, PeerJ, and others). Equally exciting the tranformation of what happens after publication: post-publication peer review (PubPeer, Twitter, blogs), automated literature discovery (GoogleScholar, PubChase, Readcube, Mendeley), and versioning (F1000 Research, bioRxiv, fishare, Dryad, protocols.io). Combined, these are rapidly encroaching on the traditional roles of the publisher - facilitating peer review, enabling communication of results, and ensuring discovery by the readers. The tech-driven shift is both an opportunity and a threat to the 350-year-old publishing industry.

Lenny Teytelman is a geneticist and computational biologist. He is passionate about open access and improving science communication. In 2012, he co-founded protocols.io - a free and up-to-date open access repository of science methods.

Doubling Up: Leveraging the Cultures of Innovation and Librarianship to Transform Scholarly Communication
Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University

Libraries and librarians have played a leading, if sometimes unsung, role in educational, advocacy, and technological efforts to increase access to and positively affect the reusable value of scientific and scholarly information. The culture of our profession is imbued with the same values influencing dramatic changes in scholarly communication practices and technologies. In this talk, Robin will explore the roles of libraries and librarians as creators, facilitators, consumers, and gatekeepers of innovation, with an emphasis on potential opportunities and tensions.

Robin Champieux is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She leads efforts that contribute to the pace and impact of scholarly communication by partnering with OHSU research, teaching, and student communities on issues relating to publication, public access, data sharing, and scientific contribution. Robin is the co-founder of Advancing Research Communication & Scholarship, a multi-disciplinary conference focused on new modes and models of scholarly communication. She is a passionate advocate for open science and the success of early career researchers.


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Registration closes on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)

  • NISO Member
    • $95.00 (US and Canada)
    • $109.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $95.00
  • Non-Member
    • $125.00 (US and Canada)
    • $149.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Cancellations made by Wednesday, February 3, 2016 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions.
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  • Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free webinar connection as part of their membership and DO NOT need to register for the event for this free connection. Your webinar contact will receive the login instructions the Monday before the event. You may have as many people as you like from the member's library view the webinar from that one connection. If you need additional connections beyond the free one, then you will need to enter a paid registration (at the member rate) for each additional connection required.
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