2017 Annual Conference Program

Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Current Landscape

9:00am - 5:00pm: Registration (Marble Foyer)
9:00am - 12:00pm: NFAIS 2016-2017 Board Meeting (Potomac A)
1:00pm - 1:15pm:

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Grand Ballroom)
Christopher Burghardt, NFAIS President 2016- 2017, Vice President, Content Management, Clarivate Analytics

1:15pm - 2:15pm:

Opening Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Overtime: Fighting to Cure My Disease When Every Second Counts
David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, Executive Director, Castleman Disease Collaborative Network

Dr. David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc is a physician-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, co-founder/Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN), and a patient battling the same rare and deadly disease  idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease (iMCD) — that he studies. He was diagnosed with iMCD while in his third year of medical school. He spent nearly five months hospitalized with multiple organ system failure, received his last rites (which he considers the start of “overtime”), and needed multi-agent chemotherapy to save his life. 

When he returned to medical school, he began studying iMCD and realized that it was very poorly understood and that the process to advance research was fractured and inefficient. Between subsequent life-threatening relapses, Dr. Fajgenbaum created the CDCN and has grown it into a model for international collaboration. He has published research that has changed the way iMCD is researched and treated. In fact, he is currently in his longest remission ever thanks to a precision treatment that he identified through his research at Penn that had never been used before for iMCD. He will share lessons from living in overtime and how information technology has helped to enable groundbreaking advances.

Sponsored by CAS

2:15pm - 2:45pm: 

Breakout Session/Group Discussion (Potomac A & B)

Attendees will break out into small groups to discuss challenges the information services community is facing. Attendees will be asked to select one of five scenarios during online registration and will be randomly assigned to a breakout room and a table of their peers. The table must work together to develop a viable solution to the specific challenge presented. Each room will have a moderator. The first five minutes will be table introductions, and then the moderator will announce the challenge. Each table will provide a two-minute report-out of their solutions/recommendations. For a listing of the five challenges, click here.

Sponsored by the American Psychological Association

2:45pm - 3:15pm:

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

3:15pm - 4:15pm:

Breakout Session/Group Discussion Report Out (Grand Ballroom)

Attendees will re-convene in the ballroom. Each table will be given exactly two minutes to share their solutions to a specific industry challenge.

4:15pm - 5:00pm:

Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)
Deni Auclair, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Analyst, Delta Think [Slides]

The Evolving State of Open Access
Open Access has caused significant disruption in the world of scholarly publishing, and its continued growth can create opportunities for those involved. However, many organizations have difficulty navigating market dynamics, trends, and drivers, and predicting their impact.

Deni Auclair will present headline findings from Delta Think’s ongoing extensive investigation of the Open Access market, addressing topics such as what's working, what isn’t and what lies ahead. The presentation will be based on a data set assembled and analyzed by Delta Think that comprises many sources and includes benchmarks based on exclusive data shared by publishers.

Sponsored by Access Innovations

5:00pm - 6:00pm:

NFAIS Annual Business Meeting (Grand Ballroom)

The NFAIS Annual Business Meeting will be open this year to all NFAIS members, with discussion centering on elements of the 2020 NFAIS Strategic Plan. Assembly representatives will provide the official vote for the member organization. 

5:30pm - 7:00pm:

 Welcome Reception (Washington/Jefferson Foyer)

Sponsored by The H.W. Wilson Foundation


Monday, February 27, 2017
The Evolving Scholarly Record

8:00am - 5:00pm:  Registration (Marble Foyer)
7:45am - 8:30am:

Continental Breakfast (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

8:30am - 10:00am:

The Physical Record: Storage, Curation and Discovery (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Ryan Bernier, Vice President, Database Partnerships, EBSCO Information Services

In this panel session, three expert speakers address various aspects of the physical record and how it is evolving/changing, including advances in text analytics techniques and big data sharing and reuse.

Scholarly Triage: Advances in Manuscript Submission Using Text Analytics Techniques
Bob Kasenchak, Director of Product Development, Access Innovations, Inc. [Slides]

The drastic increase in the volume of submissions for inclusion in scholarly journals offers new challenges for scholarly publishers, such as sorting through the thousands of new manuscripts to prioritize those most likely to be published first, and detecting dubious research. Although recent advances in peer review and editorial management have alleviated the problem somewhat, new solutions to prioritize high-value papers  and to flag suspect ones  are emerging. Using text analytics, the submission review process can be streamlined to identify potential plagiarism, prevent fraud by detecting machine-generated entries and predict the likelihood of acceptance by examining non-content factors.

Advancing Library Cyberinfrastructure for Big Data Sharing and Reuse
Zhiwu Xie, Associate Professor; Director, Digital Library Development, University Libraries; Associate Director, Smart Infrastructure Laboratory, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech [Slides]

Every moment data is created. But data, especially big data that has to be analyzed computationally, sometimes creates as many questions as it answers. Where does it all go? How do we store it? Who pays to store it? What kind of computer do we need to process the data? And how can we make sure that people years from now will still be able to access and reuse it?  As a part of its National Leadership Grant for Libraries, the Virginia Tech University Libraries, in partnership with Virginia Tech researchers working with big data, are finding answers to these questions.

Creating an Orderly, Scalable Process for Sharing Supplementary Data
Jeff Lang, Assistant Director, Platform Development, American Chemical Society (ACS) [Slides]

With ACS Publications’ mission to provide critical research tools for chemists in support of the chemistry endeavor, Jeff Lang and his team realized real growth was occurring in how its authors and readers were interacting and engaging with supporting information around published articles. To aid researchers with this dynamic, ACS integrated the figshare DataStore and Viewer into its full text journal platform. This presentation will cover the implementation of this solution and its results so far.

10:00am - 10:30am:

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

10:30am - 12:00pm:

Startup Shootout (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Eric Swenson, Director, Product Management, Scopus, Elsevier; Judges: Kent R. Anderson, Founder, Caldera Publishing Solutions; James Phimister, Principal, PHI Perspectives; Jason Rollins, Senior Director of Innovation, Clarivate Analytics

Four information industry startup companies — somewhere between "garage" stage and Round B funding stage — pitch their ideas and business models to a panel of expert judges.

Laurence Bianchini, COO, MyScienceWork [Slides]  (2017 Startup Shootout Winner)
MyScience Work serves the whole scholarly community with services and products optimized by strong semantic algorithms and one of the largest data sets of research content and profiles.  It serves the needs of universities, research senders and publishers by combining text & data mining, natural language processing and machine-learning to provide science and innovatoin metrics, bibliometric studies, research mapping and prepopulation of profiles and databases.

Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy and BD Officer, Yewno [Slides]
Yewno is helping people overcome information overload and providing a new way to understand, learn and obtain knowledge.  Yewno Discover is a new research application that provides unique benefits as a complement to traditional library search tools, adding value to the research process by atomizing full text content to reveal the concepts within.  Yewno Unearth addresses questions of overall coverage within a given text and across a catalogue. Hierarchical topic models are presented in addition to the concepts, adding additional value to the Yewno Discover product.  Yewno's comprehensive ecosystem enables the extraction of new meaning and value from content and increases the ability to promote and expose collections in an entirely new way.

Simon Adar, Founder and CEO, Code Ocean [Slides]
Increasingly, research includes actionable data or code but the dissemination of that code relies on individuals to set up environments to reproduce the results. Code Ocean is a web-based platform that allows you to upload code, data, or algorithms and run them with a click of a button. The platform enables reproducibility, verification, preservatoin and collaboration without any special hardware or setup.  Code Ocean provides next generation tools to facilitate digital reproducibility, where users can access a working copy of a researcher's software and data, configure parameters and run it regardless of the users' operating systems, installation, programming languages, versions, dependencies and hardware requirements.

Lenny Teytelman, CEO, Protocols.io [Slides]
Many biomedical research papers are not reproducible simply because they lack the detailed instructions necessary for repeating the experiments.  Protocols.io is an open access platform for sharing research recipes.  Unlike traditional publications, the methods on protocols.io can evolve—they can be corrected and optimized long after publication with the use of versioning.  These protocols are also interactive and can be followed step-by-step during experimentation on the web and on native iOS and Android apps.  All public content on protocols.io is both free to read and free to publish, with the business model based on subscriptions to private groups and data services.

12:00pm - 1:45pm:

NFAIS Members-only Lunch Event (Grand Ballroom)
Prior registration required; lunch provided

NFAIS Members-only Lunch Speaker
Washington's Impact on the Scientific Enterprise
Benjamin W. Corb, Director of Public Affairs, The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Corbin will share with our members how the Trump Administration policies, and Congressional priorities are shaping and influencing the country's scientific enterprise, and whether that will hurt or help the nation long-term.

Sponsored by Elsevier

1:45pm - 2:45pm:

Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture (Grand Ballroom)
2017 Award Recipient: Judith C. Russell, Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida 

Judith C. Russell has served as the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida since 2007. Russell was the Managing Director, Information Dissemination and Superintendent of Documents at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), now the Government Publishing Office, from 2003-2007. She served as Deputy Director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) from 1998-2003 and as director of the Office of Electronic Information Dissemination Services and the Federal Depository Library Program at GPO from 1991-1997. 

She worked for over ten years in the information industry, doing marketing and product development as well as serving as a government-industry liaison. Her corporate experience includes Information Handling Services (IHS) and its parent company, the Information Technology Group; Disclosure Information Group; Lexis-Nexis (then Mead Data Central), and IDD Digital Alliances, a subsidiary of Investment Dealers Digest. She also worked for over 10 years in special libraries.

She currently serves as a member of the board of LLMC-Digital. She is a former board member and president for NFAIS (the National Federation for Advanced Information Services). She is a former board member and past president of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and a former board member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). She is active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Russell holds a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Sponsored by NewsBank

2:45pm - 3:15pm:

Afternoon Tea in Honor of the 2017 Miles Conrad Award Recipient (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

3:15pm - 4:45pm:

Data As The Scholarly Record (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Judy Y. C. Chen, Researcher Advocate, Publishing Systems Integration, ACS Publications

In this panel session, three expert speakers address various aspects of the data record and how it is evolving/changing. This session will cover a range of topics, including the evolution and re-engineering of repositories, open sharing/open data, researcher behaviors and researcher incentives.

Open Science and Researcher Behavior
John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks [Slides]

John Wilbanks addresses researcher behavior and how it has changed in an open science environment. He will discuss researcher incentives in terms of funding, and the role publishers play in making the researcher's work more discoverable and accessible.

Humanities Commons: Networking Scholarly Communication
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association [Slides]

Since the Royal Society of London, scholarly societies have been founded to facilitate communication among their members. This is to say: scholarly communication — something broader than publishing, encompassing a range of forms of communication at a range of levels of formality — is the very reason for being of those societies. As a result, mission-driven societies have the potential to develop and implement new forms of and platforms for scholarly communication that focus on serving their members’ needs even if those new forms and platforms don’t fit conventional publishing value propositions. In this talk, I will explore the development of Humanities Commons, the interdisciplinary scholarly communication platform developed by the Modern Language Association, as an example that might demonstrate the potential that online scholarly networks might present both for researchers and for the societies to which they belong — not least in expanding the discourse around innovation in scholarly communication beyond the market-based logic of APCs and VC funding, and toward the creation of an alternative intellectual economy, a collectivist network that the scholarly community itself can both support and lead.

Data First Manifesto: Shifting Priorities in Scholarly Communications
Clifford AndersonAssociate University Librarian for Research and Learning,Vanderbilt University [Slides]

Clifford Anderson presents the Data First Manifesto (http://datamanifesto.info/), which he co-authored in 2016 with a colleague at Vanderbilt University. In the spirit of the Agile Manifesto, the Data First Manifesto aspires “to develop more agile, collaborative, efficient, and transparent practices in digital scholarship.”  Anderson will describe how the manifesto emerged in dialogue with graduate students about fostering a culture of data sharing in the digital humanities. Anderson will address the four key shifts in scholarly communications envisioned by the manifesto and also discuss practical challenges to implementing its vision of open data in the humanities.

4:45pm - 5:00pm:

Startup Shootout Winner Announced (Grand Ballroom)

5:30pm - 7:00pm:

Networking Reception (Grand Ballroom Foyer)


Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The User Experience

8:00am - 12:00pm: Registration (Marble Foyer)
7:45am - 8:30am:

Continental Breakfast (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

8:30am - 9:15am:

Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)
Kendall Bartsch, CEO, Third Iron [Slides]

Our Napster Moment: Academic Publishing, Access and What’s Next
People authorized to access information via their institutional affiliation increasingly begin their research from search engines, social networks and social media. These paths often fall outside traditional IP-based or rely on incomplete and cumbersome federated authentication systems many publishers use to authorize access. It is estimated that billions of article requests come from otherwise authorized users which are denied annually as a result. 

Increasingly users are turning to alternative, often illegal, methods to share and access copyrighted material. SciHub, Researchgate.net and ICanHazPDF are but a few of the well known examples. This presentation will discuss the current state of the problem, imperatives of users that will drive change and what solutions are ahead.

9:15am - 10:30am:

Mobile Design, Personal Assistants, Technological Changes and Chatbots (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Steven Sieck, President, SKS Advisors, Inc.

In this panel session, three expert speakers address various aspects of system design and technological challenges. The session will cover topics of access optimization, connectivity, content format and chatbots.

Embracing Digital: Expanding Customer Touch-points Beyond the Journal
Rosalind Hill, Digital Publishing Director, Future Science Group [Slides]

Publishers are having to adapt the ways in which they reach their audience with the content they need, when they need it. This means embracing digital technologies and trends beyond traditional print journals and online journal platforms. In this presentation the ways in which Future Science Group serves researchers and clinicians in the Digital Age - specifically via mobile technology - will be presented, as well as a discussion on the trends that the presenter has seen throughout the publishing industry as a whole.

ELNs: Changing How Laboratory Data Is Organized, Stored and Shared 
Matt Dunie, President, LabArchives

The collaborative nature of scientific research continues to become more easily executed with the continual advancement of technology, so it therefore becomes essential for researchers, funding agencies, publishers and institutions to protect and defend the work produced in the lab. Laboratory data – that data produced in the practice of the scientific method – is not consistently managed among academic labs within or external to most academic research institutions. Moreover, as data that is built upon research becomes more openly available, Data Management Plans are starting to be enforced. Thus, Data integrity, Data lifecycle, Data Security, Perpetual Revision History, Permanence and unchangeable time stamps are concerns that will evolve into the management of laboratory research data. Additionally, proof of research and discovery is a major concern among researchers – there are more instances of research fraud than most people assume; all of which require more upfront organization. The use of a Digital Lab Notebook can help prove discoveries, protect intellectual property, and provide tools necessary to defend or audit research activities.

The Next Big Paradigm Shift in IT: Conversational Artificial Intelligence (CAPs)
Rajan Odayar, Vice President, Head Of Data Science, Digital Insights & Global Enterprise Management Solutions, ProQuest

The introduction of chatbots into society has brought us to the beginning of a new era in technology: the era of the conversational interface. It’s an interface that soon won’t require a screen or a mouse to use. There will be no need to click or swipe. This interface will be completely conversational, and those conversations will be indistinguishable from the conversations that we have with our friends and family. Conversational Artificial Intelligence platforms (CAPs) will be the next big paradigm shift in information technology. CAPs are already in market today, but more are coming. CAPs will likely be the strongest instigator of investments that exploit Artificial Intelligence for a decade or more. This encompasses more than chatbots, virtual assistants and messaging-based applications: the emergence of CAP will stimulate significant growth in the exploitation of Artificial Intelligence in general.

10:30am - 11:00am: 

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

11:00am - 12:00pm:

Authentication, Privacy Issues and Opportunities (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Jenni Rankin, Marketing Manager, Annual Reviews

In this panel session, three expert speakers address the legal and ethical aspects of system design. The session will cover topics of legal and ethical best practices, authentication, privacy, security and interoperability.

The Balancing Act Between Innovation and Regulation: Theory and Practices
Subhajit Basu, PhD, Associate Professor in Information Technology Law, School of Law, University of Leeds [Slides]

The relationships between innovation and the law are dynamic and arguably changing faster now than ever before. In this presentation, Dr. Basu will explore the interactions between technology and the law. As the landscape among stakeholders continues to evolve, sharing data by way of interoperable systems seem to be cultivating at rapid speed. However, there are critical issues such as privacy and responsible data sharing that needs to be unearthed as part of the landscape. The past few years have revealed too many data exposers and information system vulnerabilities.

Proof-of-Publication Using the Bitcoin Blockchain
Christopher E. Wilmer, PhD, Assistant Professor/Managing Editor of Ledger, University of Pittsburgh [Slides]

The journal Ledger is the first peer-reviewed publication that focuses on scholarly research on cryptocurrencies, sometimes called “blockchain technology.” We also use the Bitcoin blockchain as part of our publishing protocol. In this presentation, we give a brief introduction to our journal, blockchain technology, and how blockchains can be used to improve publishing worldwide.

STM RA21 Initiative: Improving Access to Scholarly Resources From Anywhere on Any Device
Ralph Youngen, Director of Publishing Systems Integration, ACS [Slides]

Today, despite numerous problems and limitations, IP address recognition remains the primary means by which publishers provide access to scholarly resources. As demand continues to increase for scholarly resource access off campus or via mobile devices, a new authentication model is now required. The International Association of STM Publishers has been convening conversations focused on how to improve the user experience and provide a more seamless access experience to patrons, consistent with existing and emerging privacy regulations, while also providing greater control and analytics over network activity. Community conversations and consensus building are necessary to explore potential alternatives to IP address recognition and to build momentum toward testing alternatives among publishers, system vendors and library partners.

12:00pm - 2:00pm:

Awards Luncheon and Closing Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Julien Jomier, CEO, Kitware [Slides]

Open Science: Towards Reproducible Research
Over the past decade, scientific researchers have embraced Open Science, and several tools and infrastructures have emerged to fully enable this concept. New technologies and overall changes in the scientific community demand a transition towards new technologies and better information sharing. 

More importantly it is becoming necessary to integrate the three components of Open Science: Open Data, Open Source, and Open Access. In this talk, Julien Jomier will review where the research community stands on Open Data, Open Source, and Open Access. He will present initiatives in these areas and offer some perspectives on what is coming up in the next few years.

2:15pm - 3:30pm:  NFAIS 2017 - 2018 Board Meeting (Potomac A)

NFAIS is grateful for the support of our sponsors. For information on becoming a sponsor of the NFAIS 2017 Annual Conference, click here to view our 2017 Sponsor ProspectusFor a full list of 2017 Annual Conference sponsors, click here