NISO Professional Development Events, August and September 2019

August 2019

NISO Webinar

Open Source Publishing Technologies: Current Status and Emerging Possibilities
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

This session will focus on discussions of open source publishing platforms and systems. What is the value proposition? What functionalities are commonplace? Where are the pitfalls in adoption and use by publishers or by libraries? What potential is there for scholarly societies who are similarly responsible for publication support and dissemination? Given the rising interest in open access and open educational resources, this session will offer professionals a sense of what is available, a sense of practical concerns and a general sense of their future direction.

Confirmed speakers include (among others) Maria Stanton, Director of Production, and Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, American Theological Library AssociationPeter MurrayOpen Source Community Advocate, Index Data; Paul ShannonChief Technology Officer, eLife.

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NISO Virtual Conference

From Submission to Publication: Creating and Conveying Quality
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 12:00 Noon - 4:00pm

One on-going concern in scholarly communication has to do with publication time lags and ultimately, any delays to research dissemination. How can publishing systems more efficiently support peer-review? How rapidly can a manuscript move from completed draft to the status of preprint to a final version of record? Certainly in recent years, there have been calls for more efficient and more transparent manuscript transfer and exchange. However, ensuring quality of publication has always entailed a certain degree of lag as materials moved through the editorial and production process. This event will examine some of the nuances of the process as well as emerging possibilities for improvement.

A natural follow-up question then would be how best to guard against predatory publishers – those who would seduce researchers into submitting good work to questionable periodicals. No author wants to pay hefty feeds for publication lacking the checks of peer review or editorial oversight. Are whitelists (or conversely, blacklists) the right approach in guiding researchers to the best journals for their scholarly output? What about badges for publications (whether in traditional formats or not)? Or will such protective approaches simply expand existing issues associated with regard to metrics for use in gauging impact and/or reach?

Confirmed speakers for this event include: 

  • Kent Anderson, Founder, Caldera Associates; 
  • Brian Cody, Co-Founder and CEO, and Danielle Padula, Community Development Manager, Scholastica;
  • Mary Elizabeth Sutherland, Senior Editor, Nature Human Behaviors, Springer Nature; 
  • Sally Ubnoske, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Aries Systems.
  • Sarah J. Koechlein, Head of Resource Access, James Madison University;

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September 2019

NISO Webinar

Preservation and Archiving of Digital Media
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 1:00pm - 2:30pm (US, Eastern)

Libraries have long collected audio and video content in varying formats housing those materials in special archives and collections. However, unlike the static documents that have been digitized for purposes of enabling Web access by users, some collections of audio and video content may not have received the appropriate attention and resources that ensure long-term preservation. This session will look at a variety of such collections and associated archiving initiatives focused on what is an increasingly at-risk set of materials.

Confirmed speakers for this event include: Kira M. Sobers, Digital Media Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution Archives; Clifford B. Anderson, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, Vanderbilt University; Edward M. Corrado, Associate University, Naval Postgraduate School.

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NISO On-Site Event

Implementing FAIR Data for People and Machines: Impacts and Implications
Jointly Sponsored by CENDI, NISO/NFAIS, RDA-USA and NAS
Wednesday, September 11, 2019,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm. (US, Eastern)

This special one-day workshop for data and information professionals, is focused on the wave of activities related to making data “FAIR” (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Discussions will focus on the implementations, ultimate impacts, and implications, especially as data is made FAIR for people and machines. 

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NISO Virtual Conference

Sustaining Openness: Ensuring the Long Term Viability of Open Science, OER and More
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:00 Noon to 4:00pm (US, Eastern)

Current thinking is that scientific research should be readily reproducible, discoverable, and openly accessible. There is also significant drive to develop open educational resources in the interests of easing economic burdens on student populations. The challenge then for libraries, content providers and platform providers is how best to implement strategies, technologies and practices in support of those concerns.

But there are questions that must be addressed in discussing open science, open educational resources, open access monographs, etc. What supports are necessary in bringing this open approach into reality? What may be feasible in building an inclusive and collaborative knowledge infrastructure in this environment? What are key elements or best practices? What fiscal models or arrangements might be needed to ensure sustainability? Which sector (academic, government/public, commercial, etc.) is best positioned to muster the necessary resources?

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Special This Month! A Members Only Webinar 

This event is being provided at no cost to all Voting and Library Standards Alliance members of NISO. Check your membership status here

Artificial Intelligence: Weighing the Value for the Information Community
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30pm (US Eastern)

Artificial intelligence is frequently used as an umbrella term for a broad range of potential uses of computer algorithms to accomplish a cognitive task in a relatively short time-frame. In the more specific context of the information community, “smart systems” may be expected to do everything from the handling of a routine voice request to phrase extraction from the literature for data discovery and re-use to image assessment. The possibilities are intriguing, but there are hesitations as well. It’s very easy to replicate existing social biases. There are discussions over the ethical uses of artificial intelligence. 

How might intelligent infrastructure support the work of the information community? Librarians are considering whether a virtual assistant might be able to aid in providing research support.   Seen from an adjacent space -- apart from the work of academic researchers -- content and platform providers are considering how the use of algorithms, data and analytics may serve to enhance smart services for users. This 90-minute webinar will offer a glimpse into the practical application of artificial intelligence in support of research workflow and outputs. 

Confirmed speakers include Mark Hemenway, Chief Information Officer, Iliff School of Theology and Bohyun Kim, Director of Information Technology, University of Rhode Island. Other names will be announced soon!