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STM Launches Tech Trends 2020: The Floodgates of Technology are Open!
- 28 Apr 2016

The new STM Tech Trends is being launched at the ongoing STM Annual US Conference in Washington DC. The theme of this year's infographic look into the future of STM publishing is: The Floodgates of Technology are Open.

The Tech Trends 2020 emphasize how the growth in computer power will continue steadily over the coming decade. Computer power combined with big data and a wide variety of digital objects, will create huge new opportunities for information providers. Researchers are likely to share more in open science environments, from text to non- text such as data or multimedia, social collaboration networks will spark new information relationships and publishers can deliver more targeted precision information to users via dynamic publishing.

At the STM conference in Washington, the new version of Tech Trends was presented by Eefke Smit, STM Director of Standards and Technology, and a panel of five publishing representatives from Brill, IEEE, Proquest and Digital Science, moderated by Christopher Kenneally of CCC who gave their views on what these Tech Trends may imply for their businesses and scholarly communication in general.

The discussion was fuelled by catch phrases such as: Artificial Intelligence meets Big Data, The Machine is the New Reader, Science as a Social Machine and Data Privacy requires a Web of Trust.

A visualized version of the STM Tech Trends 2020 can be downloaded here: http://www.stm-assoc.org/standards-technology/resources/tech-trends-2020.

Every year, the 'STM Future Group' a group of publishing and technology experts within academic publishing create these Tech Trends. Versions published in 2013, 2014 and 2015 are also available on the STM website.

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OpenCon 2016 to be held in Washington DC on November 12-14
- 27 Apr 2016

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Right to Research Coalition have announced that OpenCon 2016 will be returning to Washington, DC on November 12-14, 2016, where it will be hosted at the American University Washington College of Law.

OpenCon is more than a conference. It's a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyse action toward a more open system for sharing the world's information-from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data. OpenCon 2016 is at the center of a growing community with thousands of students and early career academic professionals from across the world.

Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC will open on June 6th. More information about the conference and to sign up for updates, interested parties may visit www.opencon2016.org/updates.

Organized by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC, OpenCon 2016 builds on the success of the first two OpenCon conferences held in Washington, DC and Brussels, which collectively convened approximately 300 participants from more than 40 countries. OpenCon's 41 satellite events have reached approximately 2,000 attendees across 25 countries, and throughout the year, hundreds are engaged with monthly community calls and webcasts along with an active community discussion list.

OpenCon seeks to bring together the most energetic, engaged students and early career academic professionals-regardless of their ability to cover travel costs. Because of this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only, and the majority of past participants have received travel scholarships.

OpenCon has made significant progress in its mission to catalyze and support collaboration and projects led by the next generation. Initiatives that have been founded by OpenCon alumni with support from the community include the Open Access Button, Open Access Nepal, Open Access Nigeria, the OOOCanada Research Network, Open Access Sudan, WhyOpenResearch?, the Open Access Academy, Dissem.in, the Open Research Glossary, and many more.

OpenCon 2016's three day program will begin with two days of keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops, drawing on both the knowledge of leading experts and the experience of participants who lead successful projects. The third day will provide a half-day of advocacy training followed by the opportunity for in-person meetings with relevant policy makers, ranging from the US Congress and federal agencies to embassies and key NGOs.

Speakers at the first two OpenCon conferences have included Jimmy Wales (Co-founder of Wikipedia), Amy Rosenbaum (Director of Legislative Affairs to the President of the United States), Mike Eisen and Pat Brown (Co-founders of PLOS), Julia Reda (Member of the European Parliament), and Phil Bourne (Associate Director for Data Science of the U.S. National Institutes of Health), and more than 15 students and early career academic professionals leading successful initiatives.

Satellite events will continue to be central to the success of OpenCon in allowing the community to scale. OpenCon satellite events are independently hosted meetings that mix content from the main conference with live presenters to localize the discussion and bring the energy of an in-person OpenCon event to a larger audience. These events are an excellent way to discover those interested in Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data within your community, build support, and catalyze action. For those interested in hosting a satellite event, more information is available at www.opencon2016.org/satellite.

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Registrations now open for the 2016 IDPF DigiCon @ BEA
- 25 Apr 2016

Registration is now open for the 2016 IDPF DigiCon @ BEA, scheduled for May 10-11 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Formerly known as IDPF Digital Book, IDPF DigiCon @ BEA is a two-day, co-located conference focusing on all the key issues facing advancing publishing in an increasingly digital world.The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) are together co-sponsoring an Academic and Professional Publishing track at the conference. A discount is available for SSP members.

In addition to the co-sponsored track, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, will serve as the keynote speaker at the conference. SSP members Kent Anderson and Rick Anderson will be featured speakers in two plenary sessions, as well.

Registration for the conference is available via the IDPF DigiCon @ BEA website. SSP members can register at the IDPF member rate. IDPF DigiCon @ BEA 2016 is for executives and professionals across the publishing industry including senior leaders, marketers, publishers and editors, educators, school district administrators, librarians, production teams, distributors, and programmers and developers.

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Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting crosses boundaries, borders and aims to break down barriers
- 21 Apr 2016

The 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) will be held at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC, June 1-3, 2016. Although its membership includes professionals from around the world, this is the first time SSP is meeting outside of the US. The theme for this year's meeting is Crossing Boundaries: New Horizons in Scholarly Communication.

"As publishers, librarians, authors, and researchers, we find ourselves at a time of unprecedented change and unexpected collaborations," said Mary Beth Barilla, co-chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. "At last year's meeting of SSP, we saw how innovation and change are taking place on the edges of traditional fields and processes. In Vancouver, we will meet again to examine new ways of bridging concepts and challenging assumptions about the marketplace, business models, and our individual roles."

The SSP Annual Meeting includes timely and thoughtful keynote addresses and concurrent sessions featuring an international group of presenters from all areas of scholarly communications - publishers, vendors, librarians, and researchers. The Program Committee received more than 100 high-quality proposals for concurrent sessions this year.

"Organizations and individuals willing to step out of their 'comfort zone' are re-defining the world of scholarly publishing by breaking down silos, forming new partnerships, and expanding their focus to reach a global audience," said Laura Ricci, co- chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. "Sessions at this year's meeting will focus on ways we can learn from these experiences and explore what lies over the horizon for scholarly publishing."

The meeting kicks off with a plenary panel on mentorship-a collaboration between SSP and STM-on June 1 at 4:00 pm, followed by Speed Networking at 5:15 pm and the Opening Reception at 6:30 pm.

Attendees will enjoy ample opportunities for meeting colleagues and sharing ideas at evening receptions and interactive lunches. The popular Exhibitor Marketplace provides a central area to learn about new products, programs, services and solutions. Participants will also see the major themes and takeaways unfold in real time as a graphic recorder illustrates ideas and insights about scholarly communication from speakers and attendees.

Entrepreneur and author of The Startup Playbook, David Kidder has been announced as the keynote speaker on June 2, 2016. Kidder is the co-founder and CEO of Bionic, an enterprise innovation accelerator and platform. He also co- founded several startups in the digital advertising space. Kidder received ID Magazine's International Design Award and Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008.

On June 3, attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, the Associate Dean of Science, Diversity at the University of Alberta. For more than 30 years, she has been active in encouraging women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering, and currently is Chair of the Board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology. Her awards include a 3M Fellowship, a Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case and the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and she has been twice named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women's Executive Network and membership in the Order of Canada.

There will be no shortage of opportunities for professional development at the meeting. A variety of half-day seminars on June 1st will offer in-depth discussions and practical advice to prep attendees for the concurrent sessions. Topics include predatory publishing practices; open access and sustainability; data publishing; publishing in international markets; and data interchange practices.

What's more fitting for a publishing conference than to actually publish a book while attendees observe and contribute? Arizona State University's Center for Science and the Imagination is bringing together a team of novelists, scholars, digital publishers, journalists, and technologists to write a book on-the-fly in 72 hours. Using a suite of collaborative technologies, participants will quickly write, edit, assemble and publish a multimedia anthology exploring publishing topics through a series of 'sprints' that take place in real-time at the meeting.

Additional activities planned for the meeting include a Fun Run/Walk on June 2nd morning and a scavenger hunt in Stanley Park on June 3rd afternoon.

"There is so much going on at the SSP Annual Meeting this year," said Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director. "Our Annual Meeting Program Committee has worked diligently to assemble a collection of speakers and sessions to cover the broad and increasingly diverse topics that are shaping our industry today. Our Education Committee has developed timely and engaging pre-meeting seminars and our Development Committee has worked tirelessly with our sponsors and exhibitors to create an exciting and unique attendee experience. Professionals in scholarly communications will not want to miss this meeting!"

For more information and to register for the SSP 38th Annual Meeting, interested parties may visit: http://www.sspnet.org/events/annual-meeting- 2016/event-home/. Register by April 22 for the lowest rates.

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Informa announces inaugural Marketing Analytics and Data Science conference
- 18 Apr 2016

The Knowledge&Networking division of Informa has scheduled its inaugural Marketing Analytics and Data Science conference to be held at the Hilton Financial District in San Francisco, CA, June 8-10, 2016.

New technologies and data processing models have led to sharper insights and increased ROI. Big data has become a platitude across all industries, but the challenges are incessant. In an age where consumers demand more personalised communications, experiences and products; and internal stakeholders require more predictive intelligence to inform decisions, analytics and data science have emerged as silver bullets to unlock opportunity and growth.

The Marketing Analytics and Data Science conference is an inaugural, high-level conference that demonstrates how to deploy data science and analytics to drive business forward and address burning new challenges.

The holistic agenda, designed for executives across Analytics, Data Science, CRM, Marketing Analytics, Customer Experience&related fields will present actionable best practices, practical case studies, technology demos and visionary keynotes, as well as unprecedented opportunities to collaborate with key players from major sectors like retail, financial services, healthcare, technology, consumer goods/manufacturing, academia, hospitality, media and government.

The event will feature keynote addresses from David Plouffe, Chief Advisor, Uber; Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama (2011-2013); Campaign Manager, 2008 Obama for President; and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, US Department of Commerce, Theo Priestly, Technology evangelist, Futurist&Forbes Contributor, Brian d'Alessandro, Lead Research Scientist, Facebook, Beena Ammanath, Executive Director, Data Science, GE.

The Marketing Analytics and Data Science conference features three tracks for attendees to customise their learning experience. Attendees can choose from sessions that explore best practices, tools and bleeding-edge technologies, and leading trends. These tracks will highlight expertly curated content and workshops to uncover opportunities to ensure data security and customer privacy; put customer needs and preferences at the center of your strategy; understand how advances in technology will change marketing analytics; the analytics of things, the Internet of Things and more; move from mass data collection, to smart data collection; authentically target millennials; and learn about trends, and powerful tools in analytics.

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