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2018 Annual Conference Program


Wednesday, February 28, 2018


9:00am - 5:00pm: Registration (Marble Foyer)
9:00am - 12:00pm: NFAIS 2017-2018 Board Meeting (Potomac A)
1:00pm - 1:15pm:

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Grand Ballroom)
Peter Simon, NFAIS President 2017- 2018, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBank, Inc.

1:15pm - 2:15pm:

Opening Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communications, Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University

Sponsored by: The H.W. Wilson Foundation

Will We Still Recognize Ourselves? Identity and Community in a Transforming Information Environment [Slides]
The world of information is transforming at a bewildering pace. The assumptions of yesterday, the stable institutions and cherished practices increasingly seem to be vanishing before our eyes. The first assumption of any new strategy seems to be “what would this look like if we built it from scratch, today”. And yet continuity matters, we don’t build new tools, institutions and practices from scratch, they evolve in a messy and contingent way from what we have available to us in the moment. 

In this talk, Neylon unpicks the underlying drivers of change, and how they are coupled to a long history of how we manage information. Neylon will discuss how the different perspectives of important groups—scholars, publishers, funders, platform providers and the myriad of information professionals—lead to a partial focus that can make us simultaneously fearful of the change we see and blind to the shifts that actually matter. 

If the arc of history bends towards justice then it follows that the arc of our knowledge and information environment necessarily bends towards greater scale and greater diversity. At the same time it is the values that underpin scholarship and the various ways in which we identify with the project of building knowledge, that drive us forward. If we are to take advantage of change, we need to understand what it is that must stay the same.

2:15pm - 3:00pm: 

Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)
Regina Joseph,
Founder, Sibylink, and Co-founder, pytho

The Uncertainty Conundrum
How can anticipatory intelligence be applied to the scholarly information industry? Quantified forecasting can serve as a framework for detecting trends and assisting decision-making, according to Superforecaster Regina Joseph, co-founder of pytho LLC. Attending stakeholders will learn about application of predictive analytics and the advantages of being scored in the context of the knowledge industry as it continues to evolve.

3:00pm - 3:15pm:

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

3:15pm - 4:15pm:

Driving How We Do Business (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies

Whereas some view what’s happening as a problem, some see change in the form of solutions. Solutions that enable research to be available—in some instances, at no cost and without barriers.

This session will examine both sides of the issue, where emerging services are creating allies in researchers and even in the library community.  At the same time others believe there is a need to address the issues of proper access to, and payment for, material, where services like SciHub have become a central player in discussions among stakeholders. How does this impact the publisher's role? Are these new services bridging the gap between needed research and access, or are they creating a greater divide between the researcher and publisher who support their efforts?

How to Thrive in the Era of Ubiquitous Open Access: Perspectives and lessions from Unpaywall [Slides]
Jason Priem, Co-founder, Impactstory

This year, scholarship is reaching an access tipping point--over 50% of content is available as Open Access in many fields.  The era of OA advocacy is ending, and being replaced by an era of Ubiquitous OA, which is evidenced by:

  • The majority of content being OA;
  • Readers expecting convenient and instant access from anywhere (and they're willing and able to get it illegally if needed);
  • It's harder to create value in content delivery;
  • It's easier to create value in content enhancement, building atop massive, newly-available OA corpora; and
  • Smart money moves away from content delivery, and toward tools that help users find, digest, monitor, use, clarify, and connect content.

This session will discuss the problems and possibilities of Ubiquitous OA for existing scholarly communication businesses.  We'll come from the perspective of Unpaywall, a database tracking OA copies for 100 million scholarly articles.  Unpaywall runs a browser extension used by 120,000 readers, and a database that's used millions of times in thousands of academic libraries every day, via integrations into Web of Science, Dimensions, and most commercial link resolvers.

We will discuss the lessons learned over the last year since Unpaywall's launch.  We'll avoid OA cheerleading, and instead dig in to concrete, market-focused lessons gleaned from millions of Unpaywall users, unveiling insights gleaned from server logs, studies, and interviews.  Attendees will leave with specific goals and techniques to flourish in tomorrow's Ubiquitous OA era.

The Impact of Digital Piracy: Understanding the Effects on the Publishing and Library Communities 
Sari Frances, Manager of Digital License Compliance, IEEE

While some librarians have labeled this as a publisher problem, the reality is that piracy is illegal and compromised network infrastructure is a problem for all. This session will review a case study of a popular illegal website, the implications of usage, the disruption it is causing, and what publishers are doing to manage and/or combat this illegal activity.

Giving Researchers What They Want—Kopernio One-Click Article Access Across Publisher Websites and Databases
Jan Reichelt, Co-Founder, Kopernio.com

Publishers have recently won lawsuits forcing repositories to restrict access to articles, e.g. Sci-Hub and ResearchGate. Kopernio is jumping right into the battle between publishers and repositories of research articles. By integrating with institutional subscriptions (where researchers should already get most of the content from for free), Kopernio delivers a consistent and convenient integrated one-click experience. Users can access published article PDFs with one-click access also on third-party platforms such as Pubmed, and affiliated researchers can quickly and easily tap into university-paid content. This is also great for institutions, since Kopernio brings the institutional subscriptions to the end-users and makes them more valuable by augmenting them with free resources where no institutional access is available.

4:15pm - 5:00pm:

Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)
Shirley Decker-Lucke, Publishing Director, SSRN, ElsevierShirley Decker-Lucke

Transforming the Stage at which Scholars Share Information about their Research: How Early Can You Go? [Slides]
The scholarly world is under intense pressure to produce research that is open, accessible, collaborative, measurable, useful, and quickly shared.

Preprint servers are helping to address many facets of this pressure. With the rapid growth of preprint servers in 2017, the scholarly world is seeing a transformation in the stage and type of information that researchers are sharing with other researchers. These early stage research platforms provide a venue for sharing and collaboration at stages that precede the peer-reviewed journal article. Moreover, preprints have a direct effect on openness and sharing. They can provide early measurable indications of a researcher’s productivity. This raises the questions, “How early in the pre-publication process do scholars want to share their work?” “If early stage research is seen as starting with an idea, evolving to a working paper, perhaps a conference paper, a submitted paper, an accepted paper, all before it becomes a published peer-reviewed article, what sort of value do these stages provide for open global collaboration amongst scholars?”

Shirley Decker-Lucke will explore these questions, drawing from the 24 years of experience SSRN has had in this space and also providing examples from recent experiments SSRN has run, including one that tested researcher interest in what is arguably the earliest stage in a research project- the open sharing of their not-yet-developed ideas.

5:00pm - 6:00pm:

NFAIS Annual Business Meeting (Grand Ballroom)

5:30pm - 7:00pm:

 Welcome Reception (Washington/Jefferson Foyer)

 

Thursday, March 1, 2018


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

Continental Breakfast (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

8:30am - 9:00am:

Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)
Dr. Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information, Max Planck Digital Library

Transforming a Backward Business Model in a Fast Forward World [Slides]
More than a decade ago, the research and academic communities of the world set out together to transform the way research was published and disseminated. The common vision was to leverage the full potential of our digital environment and barrier-free access to knowledge in order to foster innovative forms of scientific inquiry and enable faster and more impactful communication of results for the advancement of science. Today, the academic narrative has moved on and expanded to Open Science, of which Open Access is just one component, but we are still very far from having delivered to our researchers the benefits of unencumbered access to knowledge that we had promised. In order to achieve a global, open information environment, we must all take a holistic approach and, even as we invest in new and diverse open publishing platforms and initiatives, address the paywall system head-on. With historic transformational license agreements already being negotiated in Europe and consensus around the OA2020 transformation growing in Asia and beyond, all stakeholders—from funders and researchers to publishers and libraries—have the opportunity to propel the open access movement forward, abandoning the atavistic subscription system and supporting innovative business and funding models.

9:00am - 10:00am:

Examining Models in Support of Research (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Pierre Montagano, Business Development Director, Code Ocean

This session will examine if funding and the various policies developed by funding bodies are having an affect on scholarly output, and the researchers and publishers who support a publishing infrastructure.  Presenters will address funder missions, implications and impact in an industry were researchers want to be discoverable, are more readily established peer review and publishing practices in high impact journals but who also need the support and tools from within the scientific community to allow for the contributions of those who want to participate in science.

OA: Its Impact on Access and Subscriptions [Slides]
Michael Levine-Clark, Dean, University Libraries, University of Denver

Michael Levine-Clark examines the open access model and its impact on access to scholarly works; how costs that support of publishing efforts are shifting from readers to researchers; what's happening within the library community with regard to accessing the value of subscriptions; and what universities will come to expect from content providers as private funders take a more visible role in mandating openness.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Katja Brose, Science Program Officer, Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative

Katja Brose will provide an overview of the Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative and its efforts around scholarly communication and open science, including discussion on how funding models are changing, and the drivers of this change.  Brose addresses how a more networked, researcher-centric open discovery environment is transforming science and creating new opportunities.

Funding Models: Insights from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [Slides]
Margaret Tait, Research Associate, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) uniquely funds a large portfolio of research and evaluation on work that aligns with its mission to improve the health and health care of all in America. This presentation will go into greater detail about the work we have and will support moving forward, and provide details about our vision for building a Culture of Health. RWJF does not currently have an open access policy, but actively supports the open and transparent dissemination of funded work. The Foundation is eager to continue to learn about the role funders can play ensuring that more have access to the inforamtion they need to make informed decisions about heath and well-being.

10:00am - 10:30am:

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

Sponsored by: CAS

10:30am - 12:00pm:

Startup Shootout (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Eric Swenson, Director, Product Management, Scopus, Elsevier; Judges: Jason Rollins, PhD, Senior Director of Innovation, Clarivate Analytics; Neil Kleinberg, Founder & CEO, DiliVer; Andrea Michalek, Managing Director of Plum Analytics, VP of Research Metrics Product Management, Elsevier

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. They will prepare and share the following: • What role do they play in a changing landscape? • What is their value proposition? • Who do they help? What is the risk, benefits? • How does what they do or the service they provide add value? • What partnerships do they seek to develop? • Can they be seamlessly integrated into an already established infrastructure, or are they forging a new path?

 

1st Contestant– SciencePOD (Science Prose On-Demand)
SciencePOD: making sense of the scientific literature to foster greater collaboration [Slides]
David Celano, Business Development Manager, SciencePOD

SciencePOD is a digital content creation solution which makes specialized scientific and technological ideas accessible to wider audiences. Its collaborative content creation platform, offers science publishers the solution to scale their capabilities and streamline the process of creating any content about the research they publish without incurring additional overheads.

SciencePOD typically deliver bundles of content, including plain language summaries which help authors raise the profile of their work and collaborate with a broader community. We also produce magazine-style articles, infographics and podcasts to showcase the most exciting research scholarly publishers produce to support their content marketing activities. Our cloud-based solution uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to automate the process of creating content suitable for delivering digital and print publications on a very large scale. The platform also gives access to our established international stable of talented and experienced science writers and editors, who can explain complicated ideas in clear, concise, compelling digital content.

SciencePOD also makes it easy for clients to monitor the workflow related to content creation, in a way that is transparent and increases efficiencies. SciencePOD is becoming the solution of choice to create quality content about science, medicine, technology and innovation at the click of a button!

2nd Contestant– Bibblio [Slide]
Bibblio: Make the most of every piece of content
Mads Holmen, Founder, Bibblio

 We live in a world with too much content and no time to go through it all. Search engines, social platforms and other aggregators has risen and applied algorithms to help us sift through the noise. The growth of these platforms has changed the way people find and consume content online. 70% of all external traffic to websites now come from Google and Facebook, taking people straight into a content page. Content can't just tell great stories anymore - they are the new home page. Each content page has to position the brand, set the site's tone, encourage visitors to subscribe and, crucially, promote more of the site's great content and products. Publishers need to increase their engagement and revenue at every visit, otherwise they are missing daily opportunities. Bibblio helps publishers make the most of every visitor. We do this by displaying relevant and engaging recommendations using AI. Our algorithm API allows publishers and media platforms to strengthen their content experience and offer users a variety of discovery opportunities. In the pitch, Bibblio's CEO Mads Holmen will argue the importance of relevancy and serendipity when recommending content.

3rd Contestant – LiquidText *WINNER*
LiquidText: Helping People Find, Understand, and Share Knowledge [Slides]
Craig S. Tashman, PhD, CEO, LiquidText

LiquidText transforms reading and note taking for research. From students to scientists to lawyers, over 40% of our time at work is spent gathering knowledge from different sources, analyzing it, and distilling it down to useful results. But the digital tools we have to help us are often just a half-hearted imitation of paper, making them so awkward that 80% of professionals still prefer to print their documents to read them! LiquidText transforms this. It begins as a document analysis system that reimagines how we visualize and read text, and makes it easy to gather and connect knowledge spanning all our documents. The short-term result is a reading experience with more insights, more efficiency, and more joy. The long-term result is a uniquely rich picture of an institution’s knowledge, how different facts connect, and why. From this, LiquidText begins to automate the research process, from finding the most relevant documents, to inferential note taking. In total, LiquidText helps you find the most relevant content, understand it, and share that understanding.

The first piece of our platform is our document reader app for iPad; it has been downloaded over a million times, Apple named it “Editors’ Choice” and the “Most Innovative iPad app” of the year when it launched, and it has received glowing reviews from MacWorld to Mashable to CIO Magazine. Law360’s reviewer said it changed his life.

In this presentation, I will discuss the problems information professionals face, how our solution has been helping them, and review the status of our business and our plans for growth.

12:00pm - 1:45pm:

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

Sponsored by: Elsevier

NFAIS Members-only Lunch Speaker
Creating Connections and Tying Preprints to NIH Funded Research [Slides]
Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

Neil Thakur will present on the open science reporting issues that NIH is currently addressing. The first issue is the integration of preprints, which are public drafts of scientific documents, into the NIH application and reporting workflows. The second issue is NIH’s efforts to broaden connections to the array of research and career ​data usually reported on CVs, to simplify the electronic connection between grants and research projects, and to enhance the service integrations with other systems using these data​.  NIH is forming collaborations with other research funders and with existing services that help track research and is working toward accomplishing the following:

  • Encourage development of better productivity measures to incentivize openness, rigor and impact
  • Track impact of investments in research and professional development through transparently-curated open data
  • Gain support for collaboration and networking services to build efficient and equitable markets for reviewers, collaborators, mentors, etc.
  • Maintain researcher control of their own data and how it is used across platforms
  • Reduce researcher burden of applying for funds and maintaining multiple profiles
1:45pm - 2:45pm:

Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture (Grand Ballroom)
2018 Award Recipient: C. Lee Giles, David Reese Professor, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University 

Dr. C. Lee Giles is the David Reese Professor at the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University, with a graduate school appointment in Computer Science and Engineering. Dr. Giles was the co-creator of automated citation indexing, and is known for the digital library search engine, CiteSeer, which he co-created, developed and maintains plus other related search engines.  CiteSeer was the first open scholarly paper search engine upon which others such as Google Scholar are based. It radically changed the way scholars and scientists searched scientific literature.  He developed many open source tools for text processing of scholarly documents, including the well-used ParsCit.  Dr. Giles pioneered the field of Scholarly Big Data, in which he continues to do research. More recently, he is applying deep learning to scholarly information processing. He has published over 400 papers in these areas with over 30,000 citations and an h-index over 80 according to Google Scholar.

Dr. Giles is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) , the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the International Neural Network Society (INNS) from which he recently received the Gabor prize.

2:45pm - 3:15pm:

Afternoon Tea in Honor of the 2018 Miles Conrad Award Recipient (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

3:15pm - 4:45pm:

Innovative Library Projects Impacting Scholarly Communications (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Deni Auclair, President, Media Growth Strategies

This panel's members showcase work being done in libraries which will have an impact on scholarly communications. What are the tools needed by both academia and content providers? What are the opportunities for content providers to derive revenue from these tools? How will these tools operate in an environment while that environment is under transformation?. 

We Are the Change We Want to See [Slides]
Carl Grant, Associate Dean, Knowledge Services & Chief Technology Officer, University of Oklahoma Libraries; David King, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Exaptive; and Ken ParkerCo-founder and CEO, NextThought

The University of Oklahoma Libraries has become a leader in applying new technologies to the transformation of research and pedagogy in higher education.  By innovating with immersive visualization, 3D printing, microcontrollers, software and more, they’ve put in place a suite of new tools for transforming scholarly communications. Working with innovative collaborative technology firms (both in hardware and software), they’ve further extended that tool set and they are now setting in motion adoption of those tools across research libraries everywhere. For instance, classes and research are now regularly being run in virtual reality not only locally, but across wide geographic areas. 

This session will showcase that work and how specifically it will have an impact on scholarly communications not only from the academy’s point-of-view, but also the content provider’s point-of-view. Discussion will center on where value can be created and associated revenue generated as this transformation in scholarly communication proceeds. Bringing two such firms engaged in this process into the discussion will provide actual experience in doing this as well as lessons learned to-date. 

Actual work underway will be shown to demonstrate what is accessible today. Presenters will then turn to future directions, and wrap up by examining the challenges ahead and what we need to do to overcome them.

4:45pm - 5:00pm:

Startup Shootout Winner Announced (Grand Ballroom)

5:30pm - 7:00pm:

Networking Reception (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

 

Friday, March 2, 2018


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

Continental Breakfast (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

8:30am - 9:00am:

Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom)
Santhanarajan (Rajan) Odayar, Vice President, Head of Global Enterprise Management Solutions, Data Science/AI & Digital Insights, ProQuest

The Next Big Paradigm Shift in Customer Experience: Chatbots & Conversational Artificial Intelligence (CAPs)
The introduction of chatbots into society has brought us to the beginning of a new eara in customer support and experience: the era of the conversational interface. 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 Inttelligence platforms (CAPs) will be the next big paradigm shipft in customer experience.  Over the next few years, chatbots will become a ubiquitous component of the customer service experience.  Call centers may become a thing of the past as customer service switches to digital interactions. Chatbots will enhance chat conversations by helping humans with micro-tasks and automatic replies, though it's unlikely that bots will replace humans entirely.  New features like natural language processing are improving chatbots every day, but engineers are still trying to find ways to make artificial intelligence learn quicker with less data.

 

9:00am - 9:45am:

Big Data and AI Technologies Coming of Age (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Michael Cairns, CEO, Digital Transformation

Taking their cue from the theme of this conference our three presenters address how transformation in various areas of the information community—such as artificial intelligence and Big Data technologies—provide increasing potential with each new development. Case studies of collaborations serve to demonstrate this potential 

How Will New Content Insights Gained through AI Technologies Create New Development Opportunities for Publishers? [Slides]
Ruth Pickering, Co-Founder and Chief Business Development and Strategy Officer, Yewno

AI-based technology is currently a hot topic in scholarly publishing. Ruth Pickering discusses how publishers can use AI technology to read their own content in order to face challenges in the areas of categorization and workflow. Publishers are often restricted by their own inaccurate or incomplete metadata. Pickering reviews how companies such as Yewno help publishers consider the potential that AI-based technologies have to overcome this "metadata obstacle" by reading the content’s full text. The Yewno team reviews the opportunities such crucial insight about a Publisher’s content has across an organization. New technologies such as Yewno’s Unearth service can provide the ability for publishers to examine content at a chapter and title-level, and across a portfolio, to map its topical hierarchy.  Subsequently they are able to consider how an organization might use such a tool in editorial, marketing, sales, and operational functions; and give thought to how these applications might vary for Publishers with different emphases and relationships to content, authors, and society clients.

From her perspective as co-founder of Yewno, Ruth Pickering will share her insights gained from working closely with publishers through the development of Yewno’s new services for the industry. Experiencing a collaborative development of this single service designed to address a myriad of unique publisher challenges has broadened her view of the industry, and of the scope of AI applications.

Transforming 50 Years of Data: A Collaborative Approach to Creating New Revenue Streams 
Jonathan Griffin, Head of Product Development, IFIS Publishing, and Jignesh Bhate, Founder & CEO, Molecular Connections

Content to data is a global trend and publishers are at the heart of this transition. Secondary publishers face strong headwinds on growth, but at the same time sit on massive amounts of data, curated, and indexed over decades. Big Data technologies like ML, AI and linked data store are finally coming of age to help create new services for both primary and secondary publishers, unlocking new meaning and relevance to both open data, and proprietary content assets. IFIS and Molecular Connections will jointly present case studies on how they have leveraged these Big Data technologies, adding new value to data, and opening up new market segments. They will demonstrate examples of products that have been created from existing content, and blended with open data to generate a new lease on life for services in a maturing secondary publishing market.

9:45am - 10:00am: 

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

Sponsored by: Silverchair

10:00am - 11:00am:

Social Changes Impacting Our Future (Grand Ballroom)
Moderator: Ryan Bernier, Vice President, Database Partnerships

Individuals experienced in social change focus on scholarly inquiry and a framing for a variety of social programs. They take a more collaborative approach to scholarly research and output. Thus their approach has the ability to transcend the way in which research is conducted, disseminated, and used beyond walls or borders. Our presenters will examine the goals, benefits, challenges, and impact that more socially engaged initiatives will have on the larger scholarly information community.

Spanning Boundaries, Transforming Fields: The Growing Impact of Community Networks in Scholarly Communications [Slides]
Katherine Skinner, Executive Director, Educopia

This presentation will share observations from the Educopia Institute about the impetus, process, and impact of building and sustaining targeted cross-sector collaborative networks. Based on more than 10 years of work with scholars, librarians, archivists, curators, and publishers in various fields, this presentation will begin with a quick overview of Educopia's community incubation model and the rationale for our explicit emphasis on cross-sector collaborative networks. Dr. Skinner will present case studies that illustrate how alignment serves as a tool to magnify the impact of investments made in the area of knowledge dissemination and scholarly communications. She will close with an overview of resources and a model they are developing to scale the lessons they’ve learned in community incubation that they believe will help more communities achieve the impact they seek.

Building a New Ecosystem for Scholarly Communications Infrastructure [Slides]
Kristen Ratan, Founder and Executive Director, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

Scholarly communication today is a convoluted, expensive and slow process that is mired in print paradigms. The final product is frequently locked behind paywalls and is missing key components such as the data, protocols, code and materials needed for other scholars to reproduce or make use of the work.

To transform how knowledge is communicated, we must begin with how it is created and produced. The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko) building open source tools for a digital-first workflow in which all aspects of the editorial, peer review and production wrok are done in a collaborative webspace. This effort alone is necessary but far from sufficient. We need to replace the scholarly communication infrastructure with a new ecosystem of modern open source technologies and services that foster innovation and speed in the production and sharing of knowledge.

Expanding the Notion of the Page in the Digital Era [Slides]
Bob Stein, Founder and Co-director, of the Institute and Founder, The Voyager Company

Slowly but surely, reading and writing are shedding their (probably always misleading) reputation as solitary activities and being seen as collaborative efforts. It’s about time we re-conceived the “page” to accommodate this profound shift. Most important is recognizing that the conversation or commentary is a fundamental and intrinsic element of the text. Rendering comments in pop-up post-its or narrow marginal columns is holding back the move to social discourse.

11:00am - 12:00pm:

Lightning Talks (Grand Ballroom)

Sponsored by: American Psychological Association/PsycINFO

"Focused" is the name of the lightning talk game. These are very short 6-minute presentations. Lightning talks do not go very deep; in essence they present a single important point.  In this year's lightning talks, attendees will hear sensible solutions to problems; overviews of new projects, the latest news about "open", and other critical issues that will spark debate. 

Talk 1: Libraries are really A&I Services - Improving Discovery Access to Library Special Collections [Slides]
Marjorie Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc.

Challenge of Discovery: Recent large scale initiatives at the Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida emphasizes the need for significantly expanded and enhanced metadata for increase discovery access to digital collections, both retrospective and prospective. This requires new tools and changing roles and responsibilities for cataloging/metadata staff, including inverting the cataloging process to metadata driven processes, the application of automated processes, improved and consistent metadata practices, and the movement from solely LCSH to new taxonomies to better support discovery.  The increase in search accuracy for the first three collections was persuasive and impressive

Talk 2: Rapid Digital Product Innovation [Slides]
Michael Cairns, CEO, Digital Prism Advisors

This talk covers how to use customer and market insight to deliver new digital products and services that drive customer engagement and revenue. A specific example is provided, where Digital Transformation work with a print textbook publisher to convert their finance text book product into a consumer focused app. This process included a deep review of existing customer behavior and then a visioning process to re-create the product as an application.

Talk 3: Open Infrastructure: Come On In, The Water's Fine [Slides]
Jennifer Kemp, Head of Business Development, Crossref

Infrastructure is often thought of as 'behind the scenes’ but when it’s open, everyone can make use of its efforts. Crossref, which works with organizations throughout scholarly communications, makes metadata provided by the community available through an open API and other search interfaces, suitable for the most and least technical among us.  This lighting session is designed to give a quick tour of what metadata and interfaces are available and, more importantly, how it benefits the community to be aware of these resources. Whether we realize it or not, we are users of this infrastructure, directly or indirectly. Those already using it may find additional options they weren’t aware of. Those unfamiliar with it may be interested in occasional, casual use or dedicated, machine interfaces. Use cases for different audiences, including librarians and authors, as well as simple examples, like OpenURL and matching citations to DOIs, will illustrate how metadata is a crucial link in discoverability, the scholarly record and facilitating scholarly communications. All resources that will be presented are free and open and questions from the audience will be very welcome.

Talk 4: CHORUS Institution Dashboard Services: A Collaborative Solution to Article Access [Slides]
Susan Pastore, Director of Business Development, CHORUS

As funding compliance scenarios grow increasingly complex, and universities must invest additional resources to meet funder mandated article access requirements, the cost of metadata management and article tracking is growing. The new CHORUS Institution Dashboard Service offers cost-effective access to article metadata, and public access and archive information. An overview of the new service will be presented.

Talk 5: The New Dimension in Scholarly Communications: How a Global Scholarly Community Collaboration Created The World’s Largest Linked Research Knowledge System [Slides]
Ashlea Higgs, Founder, ÜberResearch

Digital Science and 100+ global research institutions have spent the better part of the last two years collaborating to solve three distinct challenges in the existing research landscape:

  1. Research evaluation focuses almost exclusively on publications and citations data
  2. Research evaluation tools are siloed in proprietary applications that rarely speak​​ to each other
  3. The gaps amongst proprietary data sources made generating a complete picture of impact extremely difficult (and expensive)

The goal of this collaboration amongst publishers, funders, research administrators, libraries, and Digital Science was to transform the research landscape by attempting to solve the problems resulting from expensive, siloed data research evaluation data.​ This talk will update attendees on the ongoing results of this collaboration.

Talk 6: Flipping the Script [Slides]
Joseph Lerro, Open Access Sales Executive, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

The global Open Access movement has undertaken a proposal to ‘flip’ from the traditional subscription model to an open access model. With so many stakeholders involved, such a transition must appeal to the interests of researchers, librarians, funders, and publishers. Likewise, with an array of open access models, it is important to determine which will be the most effective solution in the long term. Taylor & Francis is taking a flexible, evidence-based approach to this transition, piloting a variety of models. This presentation will detail some of our experiences in flipping journals from hybrid to full open access. In addition to converting twenty-eight subscription journals to Full Open Access since January 2017, Taylor & Francis have established open access agreements with organizations such as the Max Planck Digital Library and VSNU Dutch Library Consortium. We will provide specific examples of the effects and implications of transitioning to OA for a global publisher. 

12:00pm - 2:00pm:

Awards Luncheon and Closing Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Dr. Joris van Rossum, Director Special Projects, Digital Science

Sponsored by: The H.W. Wilson Foundation

Academic Publishing, Blockchain, and Shifting Roles In a Rapidly Changing World [Slides]
Blockchain technology is beginning to gain momentum, while at the same time being met with scepticism in the role and impact this might have on the scholarly communications landscape--providing an opportunity, perhaps--to impact not only processes but also roles among stakeholders in the existing ecosystem in areas including collaboration, accessibility, trust, and transparency. The opportunities and challenges that the blockchain offers are discussed in the broader context of the evolving roles of academic publishers in a world characterized by revolutionary technological changes.

2:15pm - 3:30pm:  NFAIS 2018 - 2019 Board Meeting (Potomac A)

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