Blog – Copyright Clearance Center Rights Licensing Expert Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:07:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blog – Copyright Clearance Center 32 32 Digital Transformation Must-Reads – Summer 2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:12:55 +0000 Together with Alfresco, CCC is excited to share the 2018 Summer edition of the “Digital Transformation Must-Reads” series – a thoughtfully curated selection of important articles, webinars and podcasts.

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Together with Alfresco, CCC is excited to share the 2018 Summer edition of the “Digital Transformation Must-Reads” series – a thoughtfully curated selection of important articles, webinars and podcasts. These topics from the past few months covering critical issues, developments and trends in publishing as the industry continues to transform and evolve through technological advances and practices enabling experimentation between content-rich publishers and eager consumers.

Breaking the Print Model in Digital Delivery [webinar replay]

via SSP

Despite interest in the ‘article of the future,’ users still tend to prefer downloading PDF versions. But is this behavior beginning to change? In this webinar, learn how some publishers are taking advantage of the digital medium to deliver greater value to their users.

The Global Battle for Attention and Authority – Have We Already Lost?

via The Scholarly Kitchen

As a society, are we too eager to welcome technology and its conveniences without consideration of the long-term costs? That’s the question explored in this interview with Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia.

Mexican Booksellers and Digital Sales Infrastructure: Managing Metadata

via Publishing Perspectives

How can booksellers survive in the era of digital reading and online retail? This article recaps a discussion at CONTEC Mexico, where panelists promoted the use of digital services that can support the sales environment for book retailers.

When it comes to innovation, try thinking small

via The Bookseller

Here at CCC, we talk a lot about becoming digital as a combination of people, process and technology. In this article, Molly Flatt focuses on the “people” aspect of the process. “To innovate, create meaningful work, and remain sane and empathetic in the process, we don’t just need to understand the tsunami of new digital platforms,” she says. “We need to be able to manage the overload of demands those platforms have brought us, and reclaim some creative headspace.”

How Publishers can Engineer Higher Readership Per Article

via Publishing Executive

Those of us who work in digital publishing know creating content to post online is only one piece of the puzzle – getting eyes on that content is another challenge. This article describes how Ebner Publishing looked at its content strategy, and revamped it so more eyes see more articles. The result? Readership has never been higher, including print, online, newsletters, events and social media.

Publishers Partnerships: B2B Solutions in Digital Transformation [podcast] 

via DigiPub

Meeting readers where they want to experience content is one aspect of publishing’s “digital transformation.” In this episode, DigiPub host Sue Brown talks with Ixxus’ Steffanie Ness about specific steps publishers can take to achieve digital transformation — and satisfy the need for product innovation while achieving operational savings.


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U.S. Senate Approves Music Modernization Act of 2018 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:00:50 +0000 A new bill - the Music Modernization Act - has bipartisan support, and may revolutionize royalties paid out from streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music.

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Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published on Jan. 29, 2018. It has been updated with new information. 

September 19 Update: In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Senate approved the Music Modernization Act of 2018, S.2334. Once the language is reconciled with the version approved by the House of Representatives, the bill will advance to the President.

Recommended reading:


April 11 Update: The Chairman of House Judiciary, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has just forwarded two new copyright bills for markup, an important milestone towards their consideration by the whole House.

The new Music Modernization Act (MMA) primarily proposes to set up a Collective Management Organization (CMO) for managing streaming royalties for musical recordings; i.e. the Spotify piece.

The second section (AMP) seeks to increase the royalty payments made to record producers and audio engineers. The third section (CLASSICS) would require royalties to be paid for streaming of pre-72 musical recordings.


Streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music provide unlimited online access to music for their customers, though not downloadable copies of albums or individual tracks. This popular innovation has, over the last decade, outstripped the mechanisms of law and regulation that would see creators and performers paid for these new uses of their works. But that might be about to change.

Rights in music can get sticky

If enacted, a bill recently introduced in Congress would require that a new blanket license for streaming be created and managed by a new, non-profit collecting society dedicated to this one purpose.

As it turns out, mechanical, sync, composition and other rights in music are complicated, and performing rights organizations like ASCAP and BMI (which license broadcasters and many other users of music on behalf of the composers and music publishers) have not been able, for various reasons, to quickly adapt to the new music consumer’s environment – one that now includes a lucrative streaming business.

Many trade association and membership groups involved in the music business – including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) – have expressed their support for these bills (which will almost certainly increase royalties paid by users to rightsholders).

After expressing some initial concerns, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), ASCAP and BMI have also offered support for the legislation.

Related: Music Licensing: What is Considered Fair Use?

A rare moment of momentum on copyright law

The Music Modernization Act (H.R. 4706) was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and a bipartisan group of other Representatives in late December, and a Senate version of the bill (S.2334)  has now been introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and a bipartisan group of Senators. These two bills share a common goal, which is to address payment issues for royalties due from streaming music, the revenues for which have grown to tens of billions of dollars over recent years but relatively little of which revenues have made their way to rightsholders.

It’s been a while since any copyright legislation has passed out of Committee, through the two Houses of Congress and to the President’s desk, but if a bipartisan spirit holds, we may see that happen before this session is out.

Let’s hope these concerns can be quickly worked out. It would be great to see the law catching up – a little – to technology.

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Scientific Search: 5 Key Concepts You Need to Know Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:02:26 +0000 How can researchers cope with the deluge of data at their disposal and search more efficiently? Here’s a look at several key scientific search concepts.

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Think about the questions you type into Google. Chances are, you’re looking for instant answers to simple questions. You might look through a few different pages of results to confirm findings, but if the search engine has done its job correctly, you only need one result to be satisfied.

Now think about the types of questions researchers attempt to answer when they use search engines. The experience is far more complex than a simple query with an instant answer.

When a researcher tasked with understanding all the genes that are involved in a disease or pathway, or all the compounds that inhibit a target, or all the different ways that patients talk about a drug on the marketplace, a casual scan of top results isn’t good enough. A comprehensive, systematic view of all the information that’s out there is the only way to make an accurate claim.

So how can researchers cope with the deluge of data at their disposal and search more efficiently? Here’s a look at several key scientific search concepts:

Aggregated Search

Aggregated search is designed to bring together multiple, unlike information sources. There could be structured or semi-structured data – such as feeds or APIs that provide company-, drug-, or clinical trial-related information.

Aggregated search presents multiple information types to end users, enabling them to explore different types of content as well as visualizations, analytics, or extracted information. These act as signposts for users, helping them to explore the information and direct themselves to the most appropriate resources for their question.

Here’s an example:

Google provides relevant examples of this from a consumer search perspective, displaying location and commercial information alongside summary information boxes and in context of the traditional list of web links, while also allowing access to specific media types such as images and videos.

Personalized Search

Persanalization is about tailoring the user experience by leveraging signals collected through user interaction with a system. More specifically, personalized search is about tailoring the search experience to the user by considering the user’s context in addition to the submitted query.

This can be accomplished through explicit data knowingly provided by the user or administrators, such as user profiles that include topics of interest or areas of specialty, or through implicit signals the user provides as they go about retrieving information – such as submitting queries, filtering, and clicking on results.

The goal of personalized search is to help users find what they need faster.

Contextualized Search

Contextualized search is similar but broader in scope to personalized search.

Contextualization means that the system considers the context of an interaction – such as organization, location, and information about the user – to improve the quality of the system’s output – such as a set of search results, or overall user experience.

Enterprise Search

This is a search across enterprise information, contrasted with – for example – web search.

Federated Search

Federated search technology has a long history. It is an approach to integrating information sources for information retrieval that relies on the system to take the user’s query and submit it to various underlying data sources. The federated search system then compiles the results from the different sources and presents them to the user in a single, unified relevance sorting.

One problem with federated search is that it presumes the underlying data is largely alike – such as being all text data, for example. This means that many rich sources of information and insights for R&D users – such as semi-structured drug pipeline data, competitive intelligence information, and other content – may not be included or effectively integrated in such systems.

A second problem is that the unified relevance sorting approach presents information all together. This may inhibit the user’s ability to explore different information types or get direct answers to questions.

The Future of Search

For R&D teams, the ability to seek (and more importantly, find) information is central to success. Regardless of information being internal or external, structured or unstructured, information management and informatics professionals need to work toward the goal of removing information roadblocks, and creating a clear path to the content they seek.


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Pop Copyright: Summer 2018 in Review Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:00:45 +0000 How have recent appearances of copyright law in popular culture impacted literature, movies, pirates and the taste of cheese?

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Underestimate the reach of copyright law at your peril – it has influenced and continues to influence nearly every major industry in the global economy. Each quarter, we recap the surprising ways that copyright has entered into major world events and popular culture.

“Edam it! The taste of cheese cannot be copyrighted, court told” via Politico Europe

Although some tastes may be as recognizable as a famous work of art, a case in the European Court of Justice finds that copyright law does not protect the flavor of a food product.

“Copyright Suit Over Blackbeard Shipwreck Footage Sinks” via Bloomberg Law

Queen Anne’s Revenge is at the center of the conflict between the State of North Carolina and an underwater videographer who alleges that N.C. infringed on his copyright by using his footage of the shipwreck.

“Cox Settles Trailblazing Lawsuit That Demanded ISPs Get Tough on Piracy” via The Hollywood Reporter

Protections against copyright infringement can be the linchpin in preventing large-scale infringement of entertainment media from BMG, Universal and Warner.

“Appeals Court Won’t Take Up Copyright Decision That Raised Alarm About Embedding, Linking” via The Hollywood Reporter

Social sharing of photographs clashes with copyright protections in the case of a tweeted photo of Tom Brady.

“G.M. Used Graffiti in a Car Ad. Should the Artist Be Paid?” via The New York Times

Graffiti may be gaining respect in the art world, but its ephemeral nature combined with the frequent anonymity of its creators leads to ambiguities in the application of copyright protections.

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COASP 2018: Top Session Suggestions Thu, 13 Sep 2018 19:55:11 +0000 COASP 2018 brings the open access community together to discuss new developments and to unite in the shared goal of making research around the world open.

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The 10th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) kicks off on Monday, 17 September, 2018 at the University of Vienna, Austria. Hosted by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), this major annual scholarly publishing conference brings the open access community together to discuss new developments and innovations in scholarly publishing and to unite in the shared goal of making research around the world openly accessible. The program is tailored for those working in publishing, librarianship, government, higher education, funding agencies, nonprofits, and other affiliated industries.

There’s a full agenda for this event, so we’ve asked CCC colleagues in attendance to share their top-priority sessions to help you get the most out of COASP 2018.

Jen Goodrich, Principal Consultant

Panel 1 | Early Movers
Monday, September 17
2:00pm – 3.30pm
I’m really looking forward to this special panel kicking off COASP 2018, which features key leaders from the early years of the open access movement, including Vitek Tracz, David Prosser, Susan Murray, Marin Dacos, Leslie Chan, and Caroline Sutton. Since COASP held its first conference in 2008, the OA movement has made great progress and become, in many ways, significantly more complex than anyone first imagined. This is a wonderful chance to get these visionaries’ take not only on the history of the movement, but the road ahead.

Kurt Heisler, Sales Director

Panel 2 | Transformative Agreements
Tuesday, September 18
11.00am – 12.15pm
As the scholarly communications ecosystem travels down the road to more open research, agreements between publishers, university libraries, and research funders are increasing in number and innovative design. Consortia deals, offsetting arrangements, read-and-publish agreements: new business models are having a significant impact on stakeholders at all levels, from strategic to tactical. This panel, made up of publishers (Xenia van Edig, Business Development, Copernicus Publications; Kamran Naim, Director of Partnerships & Initiatives, Annual Reviews), a university consortia representative (Wilma van Wezenbeek, Programme Manager, Open Access, VSNU), and a repository network association (Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR) represents the movers-and-shakers of this new landscape where OA agreements of all varieties are essential to program sustainability. Don’t miss out on getting their first-hand take.

Chuck Hemenway, Sales Director

Panel 4 | Open Access Monographs
Wednesday, September 19
9.45am – 11.00am
This session feels timely and significant, making it a “must attend” for me. As I recently discussed in this post, by now journals are well established in the OA space, and attention is turning to monographs. While open access articles and books share an undergirding philosophy, they differ significantly in practice. We need to pay particular attention to key issues of use, discoverability, rights, and perhaps most importantly, implementation infrastructure. I look forward to hearing OA heavy hitters like Ros Pyne (Head of Policy & Development, Open Research, Springer Nature) and Mark Edington (Director, Amherst College Press) weigh in on how we can make OA books a success and possibly what learned lessons we can possibly transfer from OA journal programs to this space.

Interested in meeting up with CCC during COASP 2018? Send us a message and we’ll contact you to set up an appointment! Follow the event at #COASP10.

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Advanced Technologies on the Horizon for Knowledge Managers – But We’re Not There Yet Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:39:25 +0000 CCC conducted a survey of knowledge management professionals across 17 industries, including healthcare and tech. Here's what we learned.

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Sharing knowledge across the enterprise isn’t a new challenge – but the way knowledge professionals approach this task is rapidly evolving. Burgeoning digital transformation tools have the potential to break down information silos, but across industries, most of us are both intrigued by (and a little skeptical of) the benefits that new technologies promise to deliver.

In a recent article in Information Management, CCC researcher Dave Davis spoke on the evolution of knowledge management. A popular business trend in the 90s, knowledge management fell off the radar slightly in the early 2000’s, only to bounce back to the forefront in recent years.

Davis says that’s attributed to the monumental shifts in advanced technologies, and the sheer volume of data and information being generated by today’s digital-first organizations. Knowledge managers today, he argues, are well positioned to move the knowledge supply chain along more efficiently than ever before.

While the challenges that led to knowledge management falling off the radar in the late 90s may be patched up in 2018 – new challenges have emerged.

To elucidate those challenges, CCC conducted a survey of knowledge management professionals across 17 industries, including healthcare, technology, government and insurance.

Data from this study suggest that top challenges among knowledge managers include:

  1. Capturing tacit knowledge, making it explicit and accessible
  2. Standardizing knowledge management across the enterprise
  3. Breaking down information silos across teams and functions

More data means more insights, right? Not yet.

As information professionals, we talk at large about the abundance of data we have at our disposal. With more data available than ever before, it seems logical we’d be able to infer more insights from information. But this is made more difficult because the information sources are often disparate and siloed.

While 36% of the knowledge professionals we surveyed focus on both internal and external information – 54% focus solely on internal information. Over time, knowledge managers will need to expand their expertise beyond a company’s internal assets—from documents to subject matter experts—to include external information sources.

Gaining access to both types of information easily will be a crucial factor in building a foundation for successful digital transformation. Who better to spearhead this initiative than knowledge managers?

As Deborah Soule, digital transformation researcher at MIT,  points out: “organizations becoming digital should practice collaborative learning — sharing information readily across locations, disciplines and status boundaries to solve problems.”

Advanced technologies are on the horizon – but we’re not there yet

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are buzzwords across all industries and job functions, but where do these tools come into play in the knowledge management arena?

At the most basic level, companies need systems to store, process, and retrieve information and knowledge. This is likely to look different from company to company, depending on the systems, sources, and services enterprises have built into their businesses over time. We know their goal is to be able to take data that have been integrated and evaluated, and ultimately turn the insights from this mass of information into knowledge.

“Fully digital knowledge management systems offer features that previous iterations were not capable of,” Davis explains. “A cloud-based enterprise knowledge system means no dusty rows of metal filing cabinets and no teetering stacks of paper. Automated metadata tagging and instant document recall with the click of a mouse make the user-experience of today’s KM nearly effortless.”

While our research suggests not all organizations have integrated advanced technologies yet – it’s clear that it’s on the horizon:

  • 52% of our survey respondents are not using advanced technologies like cognitive computing, big data, knowledge analytics or robotic process automations.
  • 48% are using or plan to use advanced technologies in the next 12-18 months
    • 29% are using these technologies
    • 19% plan to use them in the next 12-18 months
  • 71% of respondents believe advanced technologies are either a great opportunity for KM (52%) or are a very attractive opportunity for KM over time after the initial disruption of the technologies (19%)

Combining knowledge & technology

In our experience, knowledge discovery is best served through a combination of machine learning guided by expert knowledge. That means knowledge managers will need to look for opportunities to partner with data scientists, informaticians, and other stakeholders in R&D or IT to collaborate on data sources, standards, and to set expectations about the human augmentation necessary to optimize machines. Ultimately, knowledge managers that embrace new technologies will be better equipped to implement and apply the best practices of tomorrow.


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Raising Up Journal Publishing Standards in Emerging Economies Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:12:39 +0000 Dr. Haseeb Irfanullah and Sioux Cumming discuss the evolution of Bangladeshi scholarly publishing, and best practices applicable for emerging economies.

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“Bangladesh … is a very small and highly populous country in South Asia, better known for its natural disasters and other climatic impacts,” explains Dr. Haseeb Irfanullah, Programme Coordinator for the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Executive Editor or the Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy. “But we do research, and we do publish our journals. And you’ll be amazed to know that there are lots of journals being published from Bangladesh with support from the government.”

Raising Up Journal Publishing Standards

Dr. Inrfanullah is joined by Sioux Cumming, International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) program specialist, to discuss the evolution of Bangladeshi contributions to scholarly publishing, and best practices applicable to all emerging economies. Since 2016, Africa Journals Online and INASP have developed detailed publishing standards and a publication quality ranking system intended to guide local researchers and editors and spotlight their work. JPPS – the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards – is a framework for providing accreditation and support for journals that are hosted on the Journals Online platforms (JOLs). These include BanglaJOL in Bangladesh as well as others in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Latin America. JPPS has been shortlisted for the 2018 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Publishing, which will be announced on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Interview highlights

Dr. Haseeb Irfanullah: “One of the purposes of this particular dialogue [about cultural change in Bangladesh] was being self-critical and regarding what can be done realistically because we can set our target really, really high, but it is not physical. (sp?) So one thing we did – I can summarize all the things we do in, say, four points. The first thing is what we can do on a short-term basis. For example, if we are not having quality manuscripts, what can be done? So there are some action points. How to (inaudible) your journal, how to make them attractive to (inaudible) authors.

“A second point is kind of a peer pressure. We proposed that, and it could be done, Bangladesh Journal Watch, it’s a kind of a watchdog which will kind of monitor whether a particular journal is doing well or not. You might be (inaudible) a new system, JPPS, Journal Publishing Practice and Standards, which is kind of a joint venture of African Journal (sic) OnLine and INASP. They tried to put stars on BanglaJOL journals, and only handful of actually got one or two stars out of three stars, and most of them actually found not doing that well. So that kind of peer pressure could be quite an interesting thing to have.

“The third thing I would like to say is more like a policy intervention. We don’t have any regulation from the government side, so what about having a national science publishing policy that will guide us what to publish, when to publish, and how to publish so that the journals can keep a particular standard.

And the final thing is one of the major issues why we publish so much, we want to publish, we focus on numbers – quantity – rather than quality because academics, they need to show that they have been publishing quite a lot, so they are trying to publish so many papers – (inaudible) papers and others. So we need to influence the academic system, our universities, and both private and public, so that they can actually shift from that kind approach, publish or perish, rather than focus on quality. So these four things can be done if we want to make a real change and be self-critical as well as innovative.”

Sioux Cumming: “We’ve been working with journals from these countries that you mentioned for a number of years now. Of course, African Journals Online started back in the 1990s, when most of these journals were largely invisible. They were housed in universities on bookshelves, and it was really difficult to get hold of this content. So we started this project largely to make these journals more visible. That was our aim at the beginning – just visibility, getting the journals online so that they could be discovered and so that this really valuable research being done in these countries was accessible to a global audience.

“As the project progressed, we began to realize that visibility was not all, that a lot of these journals are published by individuals, by scholars – what we call scholar journals – who have a limited experience of the publishing industry. While the research that they were publishing was fine, the publishing practices surrounding journal publishing were often not as good as they could be. So particularly in the last five years of a project at INASP, we focused very much on helping these journals to improve their quality.

“Prior to that, their policies were not as good as they could have been. They were not aware of things like copyright to a large extent, licensing permissions, the importance of explaining things like their peer review process. And then in the last three years in particular, both AJOL and ourselves have focused on helping the editors to address those publishing practices.

“I want to emphasize here that we’re looking at publishing practices. We’re not looking at the content. We are not subject specialists. So we can’t assist the actual content of the articles and the research that they cover. But we can look at the way in which the journals are being published.”


Read the full transcript here.


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Know Before You Go: Hot Sessions at ALPSP Conference 2018 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:05:53 +0000 Fill your schedule at ALPSP Conference 2018 with the top picks from CCC's team. OA policy, e-textbooks, data collection - there's something for everyone.

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CCC’s partner, The Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), will host its annual conference at the Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire, UK from 12-14 September.

The ALPSP Conference, a key date on the scholarly publishing calendar, provides a critical environment in which to share information and knowledge, learn about new initiatives, as well as engage in open discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing publishing today. This year’s key themes of discussion are:

  • Openness and Policy –how do funder policies and mandates affect publishers of all sizes, researchers in all disciplines, and various regional markets?
  • Business and Technology – how are practical applications for AI, blockchain, new monetization strategies around data, sustainable publishing partnerships, and new markets such as online teaching materials driving innovation in content creation and content consumption?
  • Researchers and Ethics – how can publishers better support researcher and author workflows around journals and books across all disciplines, including data and metrics, as well as researcher and author experiences during peer review, ensuring a diverse environment with freedom to publish?

The three-day program is packed with terrific sessions, so plan your attendance wisely. Below, CCC colleagues attending this year share their top picks.

Kurt Heisler, Sales Director

Plenary 1 – Openness and Policy: How should we accelerate a transition to open access?

Wednesday September 12
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Hanover Suite, Ground Floor

I’m looking forward to getting the take of this expert panel on one of the most pressing questions across publishing today: where are we in the transition to OA, and how can we come closer to achieving open research goals set by the likes of Horizon 2020? Bringing all stakeholders from across the OA landscape to the table is really the first step toward progress in this area, and so I’m quite excited that the panel includes perspectives from a research funder (Steven Hill, Director of Research for Research England), publishers (Kamran Naim, Director of Partnerships and Initiatives, Annual Reviews; and Sarah McKee, Senior Associate Director for Publishing, Emory University), and researchers (represented by Prof. Sarah Kember, University of London), making for a can’t-miss discussion.

Jamie Carter, Manager of Publishing Solutions

Plenary 2: Harvesting and Analyzing Data

Thursday September 13
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Hanover Suite, Ground Floor

I’m most excited about this session focused on data, with experts from key industry players like Maverick Publishing Specialists (Lettie Conrad), BMJ (David Hutcheson), Delta Think (Ann Michael), and Emerald Publishing Group (Chris Leonard). While there are a lot of different conversations happening at the moment on this topic, this panel is really asking the right questions:

  • What data can we collect? What data should we collect?
  • How do we move beyond vanity metrics and measure what drives usage?
  • How can we create transparency in data collection so multiple stakeholders can turn insights into innovations?

Michael Healy, Executive Director of International Relations

Parallel Session 2a – The Impact of Open Access on Library Sales, Strategies and Solutions

Thursday September 13
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Hanover 2, Ground Floor

Following on the theme of looking at all aspects of openness and transparency, this panel is a terrific opportunity for members of the scholarly publishing community to hear directly from world-class institutional librarians (University of Tulsa, Université de Lorraine, and Stockholm University) and gain first-hand insight into the direct and indirect implications of OA on the library market. Publishers, technology partners, funders, and authors alike can benefit from a more thorough understanding of how librarians’ roles, purchasing strategies, and library solutions are changing as the scholarly communications landscape evolves. Don’t miss it!

Chuck Hemenway, Sales Director

Parallel Session 2b – Innovations in Publishing: Collaborative approaches and open data infrastructure

Thursday September 13
11:35 AM – 12:20 PM
Hanover 2, Ground Floor

This is a fantastic line-up of publishing experts from across the industry with deep knowledge of collaborative approaches and infrastructures for open data sharing for open science, particularly as it relates to helping researchers align and coordinate with publishers and funders. Insufficient metadata passed between these key parties leads to poor reporting and a lack of transparency, but even more importantly, reliance on author knowledge of policies, licensing, and payment requirements introduces errors and creates a highly frustrating user experience. The more we can connect stakeholders across the OA publishing ecosystem with data-driven, cross-publisher solutions, the better positioned we are to solve these challenges. I look forward to hearing more about projects in this space from Research Consulting, Digital Science, and OpenAIRE.

Matt Pedersen, Senior Director of Rightsholder Relations

Parallel Session 1d – The E-Textbook Conundrum

Thursday September 13
2:50 PM – 3:35 PM
Hanover 1, Ground Floor

I’m admittedly a bit biased, but I’m excited about a panel I’ll be moderating on e-textbooks. There are a lot of prominent challenges in this space at the moment, with publishers needing to deliver content online or in multiple formats at an increasingly granular level; university libraries and faculty faced with limited budgets; and students having high expectations but little appetite or time for learning the ins and outs of new tools. The focus of this session will be on sharing different perspectives on how publishers might go about developing the next generation of easy-to-use-and-access educational resources against the backdrop of this landscape, and it promises to give attendees a lot to consider.


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MIT’s PubPub Seeks “New Info Ecosystem” Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:17:49 +0000 The MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab's collaborative Knowledge Futures Group have unveiled the innovative publishing platform PubPub, kicking off with a project inspired by Frankenstein.

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Two very different laboratories. Two very different experiments. Separated by two centuries, they share a common DNA.

MIT’s PubPub Seeks “New Info Ecosystem”

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is a novel whose composition resembles the famous creature itself – a stitched together assemblage of Gothic horror, Romantic philosophical reflection, and science fiction, published in 1818 by 20-year-old prodigy, Mary Shelley.

Frankenbook, launched online in January 2018 as part of Arizona State University’s celebration of the novel’s 200th anniversary, is a collection of contemporary scientific, technological, political, and ethical responses to the original Frankenstein text. The innovative publishing platform that hosts Frankenbook is PubPub, among the first experiments to escape the lab at the Knowledge Futures Group (KFG), a collaboration of The MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab.

FrankenbookWith a stated mission is to transform research publishing by incubating and deploying open source technologies meant to build a new information ecosystem, the Knowledge Futures Group is a leading edge/bleeding edge endeavor. Yet it’s worth noting that MIT Press and MIT Media Lab have deep roots in computing and communication. Since 1986, the MIT Media Lab has harnessed technology for creative expression. In 1995, MIT Press published in print and digital form one of the first “open access” books – William Mitchell’s City of Bits, in which the author presciently observed the ways that online communication was a powerful and liberating force.

“We would like to serve as a test kitchen, an incubator, and a staging platform for the development and launch of open source publishing technologies and aligned open access publications,” Terry Ehling, director of strategic initiatives for MIT Press, explains about the Knowledge Futures Group.

“The open source approach not only reduces the precarious dependency that most nonprofit academic publishers have on costly outsourced technologies and a limited network of commercial vendors, but it also provides a foundation for greater insourced experimentation and innovation,” she says. “This is really a way for us to control our future in many ways, which has been increasingly dominated by for-profit multinationals. We are no longer technology-informed, we are technology-driven. Much of that technology resides outside of our control.”

As co-developer of PubPub with his MIT Media Lab colleague Thariq Shihipar, Travis Rich positions PubPub as a platform for passion as much as publishing. “It was driven by the different way that research at the Media Lab is typically conducted,” he says.

“We don’t have traditional academic grants that have a start date and an end date with a very clear set of goals. It’s an undirected research model that is supported by a consortium of corporate members. We typically operate by driving some passion and not necessarily just writing that up and sending it off to be published at some point.

“We enjoy having feedback and conversations with member companies of the Media Lab. That iterative, feedback-driven, interactive, data-heavy approach… felt like the right way to do research. [Before PubPub,] we just didn’t have a tool that let us work the way we wanted to work.”

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Creating a Culture of Knowledge Sharing Part II: Seizing the Opportunity to Capture Institutional Knowledge Tue, 28 Aug 2018 07:38:59 +0000 While preserving and sharing knowledge can’t guarantee success in the market place, companies owe it to themselves to recognize the importance of capturing what their employees know before it’s too late. 

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In Part 1 of this post, we learned companies that do not capture institutional knowledge are likely to experience inefficiencies in both costs and productivity when employees leave the workplace.

According to the Panopto Workplace Knowledge and Productivity Report, much of the inefficiency following an employee’s departure is caused by colleagues spending an average of 5 hours waiting for coworkers to fill the void created by the loss of institutional knowledge.  This reflects time spent either waiting for vital information from their colleagues or working to re-create existing institutional knowledge, and is estimated to cost $47 million in productivity each year.

This wasted time translates into delayed projects, missed opportunities, frustration among employees, and significant impact on the bottom line.

Seizing the Opportunity to Capture Institutional Knowledge

Many large work places have no formal plan for capturing institutional knowledge and sharing it throughout the organization.  While informal conversation regarding work and projects is valuable in other ways, failing to preserve institutional knowledge as a more formal construct is a disservice to employees and the company itself.

Imagine you are part of a business development team from which three client services managers have recently departed.  You are now responsible for creating a proposal to a new client.  You understand from various conversations in the past that there are five different templates available to draft proposals, and that each template has various refinements and tweaks.  Because the template expert has left the company, you spend the next 3 hours trying to track down people who can help you determine which template you should use.  Recognizing that time is of the essence and with no response from your emails and calls, you put the proposal into the template that seems to make the most sense, which takes another 3 hours.  The following morning, you receive an email directing you to a different template, and you spend the next 2 hours converting the proposal from one template to another.

But what if the scenario was different?  Imagine how much time you’d save if were able to log into an enterprise-wide system that utilized a video to walk you through the templating process.  Or if your department had instituted a shared library of templates with complete instructions regarding the appropriate use of each template?

You Can Lead the Way!

The Panopto report queried the 1,001 respondents as to whether they felt that capturing organizational knowledge was an important process.  More than 60% of the respondents reported that they would prefer working for an organization that has a plan in place to preserve institutional knowledge and that organizations who fail to support such a culture are making a mistake.  Notably, 85% of the respondents believed that knowledge sharing is important or very important.

There are ways that you can begin the process of transferring knowledge from your own head to a company- wide audience:

  • You can start by posting your work flows, tools, and documents to a shared department drive, rather than on your hard drive.
  • Ask a colleague to make a simple video that captures you explaining a certain task or workflow.
  • Find like-minded employees in other departments and establish a community of practice, where you share your best practices and then create a log that is searchable on a shared drive or Intranet.
  • Ask your in-house training/leadership group if there are ways you can share content via a learning management system.

While preserving and sharing knowledge can’t guarantee success in the market place, companies owe it to themselves to recognize the importance of capturing what their employees know before it’s too late.  It’s good for the bottom line—and for employee satisfaction.  What could be better?


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