Leaders from the standards publishing industry gathered on November 14 in Alexandria, Virginia, for the bi-annual Standards Publishers Innovation Forum (SPIF) presented by Techstreet, part of the Intellectual Property&Science business of Thomson Reuters and a provider of industry codes and standards. The fall forum, The Anatomy of Innovation: Global Perspectives for Standards Developing Organizations, focused on how innovation drives success.
The one-day event attended by standards professionals and industry experts focused on innovation and how it helps drive growth and manage change. Participants learned how organizations use innovation to develop new products and services to better serve customer needs. Speakers from Innodata and Thomson Reuters engaged with attendees on topics including the link between standards, innovation and patents; building persona-based web applications; and using innovation for information discovery.
Launched in 2012, the Standards Publishers Innovation Forum is held twice annually to address key issues in the standards industry. The forum offers a unique opportunity to learn from industry leaders, collaborate with peers, and help shape the future of standards publishing.
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Advances in the areas of open access, open data, and open educational resources have grown exponentially since the last SPARC Open Access Meeting was convened in 2012. As this push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are converging in interesting and potentially transformative ways.
Leaders from the library community, academia, industry, the student community, and other research avenues will discuss how open access, open data, and open educational resources are intersecting, and the impact this convergence will have on research and discovery. The meeting is designed to emphasise collaborative actions that stakeholders can take to positively impact publishing, policy, digital repositories, author rights, and licensing.
The conference program will cover: advocacy and policy, practical information, professional development and blue sky and big picture.
Registration for the SPARC Open Access Meeting is now open. Early bird rates start at $279 for SPARC members. To register and to see more details about the event, visit the SPARC Open Access Meeting 2014 website.
The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers' (STM) will host the Innovations Seminar 2013 at the Congress Centre, Great Russell Street, London, on December 4. This annual London-event brings together the industry's most established thinkers and bright up-and-coming future stars to give attendees an insight into the hottest innovations and vital technological trends and developments which will define STM publishing for years to come.
Science and research is rapidly evolving into e-science and e-research, and this in turn is sparking a continuous flow of new e-publishing evolutions. The 2013 Innovations seminar will bring the latest developments from these frontiers including: new methods of enriching academic information; develop semantic technologies which add context and meaning; data mining, bringing new patterns and new relationships; and entity linking which helps forge connections to deeper data and related information elsewhere on the web or in the cloud.
This year's event has brought together an impressive list of enticing speakers to examine the research data revolution, information augmentation and information analytics. The afternoon is dedicated to e-Science and we-Science and includes an exciting tour through the Zooniverse, one of the most successful manifestations of citizen science.
Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, brought together a panel of distinguished physician administrators from Canada's leading healthcare institutions for a series of regional seminars that explored the impact of evidence-based medicine on the country's healthcare system. Entitled 'Advancing the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine - The Role of Clinical Decision Support in Improving Patient Outcomes,' the invitation-only seminar series took place in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax November 11-14, 2013.
Panelists shared with hospital executives and clinicians their firsthand experience on how the combination of evidence-based clinical decision support, electronic health records, and clinical best practices is being used to standardise treatment and improve care.
David Rind, MD, Co-Executive Editor, UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions, was joined on the panel by Dr. Luc Valiquette, Chief Clinical Officer of the Technological Transition at the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal; Dr. John Machado, Managing Director of the Complexe Desjardins Urban Medical Centre and Health Technology Vitrine in Montréal; Dr. Jeremy Theal, Chief Medical Information Officer and a gastroenterologist at Toronto's North York General Hospital and physician lead on the hospital's "eCare" project, which has won national and international awards for its use of health IT to improve the quality and safety of patient care; Dr. Candice Silversides, Head of Obstetric Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, Director of Research at the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Centre for Adults; and Mary-Ann Hiltz, Vice-President, Strategy&Organizational Performance at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax.
During the last decade the academic landscape has changed significantly. Library holdings are digital rather than physical, campuses are networked, and technology has invaded the classroom. As a result, the attitudes and practices of faculty as they relate to information discovery, research, publishing, and teaching have changed and continued to evolve - requiring that the information products and services created by publishers and offered by librarians evolve in parallel.
On December 5, 2013, the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) will hold a 90-minute webinar (11:00am - 12:30pm EST) that will look at the results of a recent survey undertaken by Ithaka S+R to better understand how these faculty attitudes and practices have altered over time. Expert speaker will be Roger C. Schonfeld, Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices, Ithaka S+R.
Since 2000, the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey has triennially surveyed U.S. faculty members in their roles as researchers, authors, and teachers. In addition to its ability to track change among faculty members for such a long period of time, the survey also allows for analysis at the disciplinary level in many arts and sciences fields, as well as selected professions. Drawing from this dataset, and focusing especially on the most recent findings from fall 2012, this webinar will focus on three key areas of interest to libraries and content providers alike - the discovery of scholarly information, the audiences that faculty members wish to reach and the mechanisms they value to help them to do, and the print to electronic transition for journals and scholarly monographs.
In addition, some selected comparisons will be presented from a parallel survey of UK academics, which was fielded in partnership with JISC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK) in 2012.