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Publishing For Digital Minds virtual conference connects nearly a million people across six continents
- 25 Mar 2015

Around The World in 8 Hours, the virtual stream of The London Book Fair's Publishing for Digital Minds conference generated 17.8 million impressions and reached 882,000 users on Twitter alone on March 18.

The virtual conference - which was the first of its type mounted by a major publishing conference - took place between 8am and 4.30pm GMT on March 18. It took a whistle-stop tour around the global publishing industry, beginning in China before moving on to Australia, Malaysia, India, Germany, Mexico and the United States.

Taking place over a single day across eight time zones, the conference attracted visitors from over 170 locations worldwide to events on Google Plus, Twitter and LinkedIn. Speakers and delegates dialled in to observe and participate in discussions about the book business from six continents. Engagement in India, Malaysia and the United States was particularly strong, but virtual visitors to the conference came from as far afield as Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania.

Around The World in 8 Hours attracted both a global speaker roster drawn from leading large and independent publishers and a global audience. Participating publishers, booksellers and platform providers included HarperCollins Australia, Penguin Random House India, Hachette India, McGraw Hill, Buku Fixi, Centro Trilce Ediciones, Tolino, Publishing Technology China, Sourcebooks and Scribd.

Tickets for Publishing for Digital Minds are on sale now priced at £399 plus VAT. Entry to the conference includes free entry to LBF itself (Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 April 2015, Olympia, West London).
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Registration now open for 2015 Editorial Manager User Group Meeting
- 17 Mar 2015

Aries Systems, a provider of workflow solutions to STMS publishers, societies, and researchers, welcomes new users and returning participants to the 2015 Editorial Manager User Group Meeting.

The meeting will take place at the Hilton Back Bay Hotel, Boston, MA on June 18 and 19, 2015. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in sessions about Editorial Manager®, ProduXion Manager®, and Commerce Manager, and network with colleagues.

Aries Systems' US and European User Group Meetings provide opportunities to learn about the latest workflow software innovations and provide feedback in regard to development. Attendees also benefit from case studies presented by customers and talks on publishing industry advances and changes.

EMUG 2015 topics include sessions on Letters, Article Publishing Charges (APCs), Editor Decision Workflows, Advanced Enterprise Analytics Reporting, ProduXion Manager, and many more.

Interested parties may review the full EMUG agenda for more details and sign up on the registration web page.
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Jisc Digital Festival presents best digital talent under the theme 'connect more'
- 16 Mar 2015

Teachers, IT managers, librarians, lecturers and research managers from across the UK were given the chance to discuss the positive impact of technology on further and higher education and discover new tools and approaches to its use at this year's Jisc Digital Festival.

Held in Birmingham from March 9-10, the largest Digital Festival yet presented the best digital talent under the theme of 'connect more', and featured a diverse line-up of digital innovators and leading technology organisations, including internet giant Google.

During his keynote speech on day one, Simon Nelson, chief executive of the UK MOOC platform FutureLearn, announced that the platform will be making some units from its courses available openly online - without the need to register.

Carole Goble, professor in the school of computer science at the University of Manchester called for research to be reusable and shareable during her talk on day two. Carole highlighted the 'research object' work she is doing to ensure research can be created faster and is replicable.

Bob Harrison, chair of the Teaching Schools New Technology Advisory Board, called for a significant shift in the culture of the further education sector to not only survive but to thrive in this technology driven era. He said that the further education model is no longer fit for purpose.

Other sessions throughout the two-day event included how to effectively use augmented reality in the classroom, how to implement BYOD (bring your own device) policies, internet safety and why open access research data is important.
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Registrations now open for upcoming ORCID Outreach Meeting
- 16 Mar 2015

The Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID) has announced that registration for upcoming ORCID Outreach Meeting is now open. The ORCID Outreach Meeting is a joint conference, organised together with CASRAI, and hosted by the University of Barcelona.

The conference will explore the way that research information standards and identifiers can help to improve research evaluation - for researchers and for organisations - with an emphasis on emerging practice in the humanities and social sciences.

Registration for the conference and codefest is now open, and is completely free. The deadline is March 15.
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The London Book Fair and the Publishers Association announce leaders in social&viral content as new speakers for Publishing for Digital Minds Conference
- 13 Mar 2015

The London Book Fair, in association with the Publishers Association, has confirmed a raft of new speakers for the Publishing for Digital Minds Conference (pDMC), including leading publishers and content professionals from Gleam Futures, Mashable, Lonely Planet and Cambridge University Press.

The latest additions to pDMC will see the conference take an in-depth look at the trends that are defining the future of publishing in 2015 and beyond. Taking place from 9am on April 13 at Olympia, pDMC - which is sponsored by the Copyright Clearance Center - will welcome leaders in fields as diverse as social content and educational publishing along with pioneers of new business models, all eager to share their experience with an audience of global publishers.

Dom Smales, founder of social talent agency Gleam Futures, has played an instrumental role in turning UK YouTubers into international stars and, in the cases of Zoella and Alfie Deyes, best-selling authors. He will join pDMC in a special 'in conversation-with' session with conference co-chair Sam Missingham.

The theme of how the world of books can work with and alongside social content producers will continue with the panel 'Marketing; Tech; Social', which welcomes Blathnaid Healy, UK editor of Mashable. Blathnaid will bring her expertise of creating viral content to the event, which will also feature James Whatley, Social Media Director of advertising agency Ogilvy&Mather. It will be chaired by Pan Macmillan Digital and Communications Director Sara Lloyd.

Another special session at Publishing for Digital Minds will see one of the technology world's keenest brains dissect one of the biggest actors in the book market. Charles Arthur, journalist and former technology editor of The Guardian, will present an independent analysis of Amazon, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of 'The Everything Store'.

Daniel Houghton, CEO of Lonely Planet will join the session 'What does an Effective Content Strategy look like?' to present a case study of how the travel publishing giant is expanding its brand across multiple platforms. This session will be chaired by Faber&Faber's consumer marketing director Matt Haslum.

The fast developing realm of businesses experimenting with new publishing models will also be explored in 'Branching Out', an event curated by independent consultant Alison Jones. On this panel Anna Lewis of Valobox, Bibliocloud's Emma Barnes, Ruth Jones of Ingram, Robin Cutler from Ingram Spark and Readership's Sam Rennie will cover everything from crowdsourcing to whether pay-as-you-go is a viable business model for books.

On the 'Lessons to be learned' panel, pDMC will focus on the huge opportunities for publishers and content professionals in the education market. Here, Cambridge University Press' Helen Cunningham and Steve Connolly of Hodder Education will be joined by Jim Riley, co-founder of free online course provider Tutor2U in a session chaired by Keystone Education's Ben Barton.

PDMC's popular interactive session 'Question Time', which gives delegates the opportunity to question publishing leaders directly returns for the second year, chaired by Publishers Association CEO Richard Mollet. New speakers confirmed to join this session are Mandy Hill, managing director of Academic Publishing, Cambridge University Press and, representing the library sector, Andrew Barker, Head of Academic Liaison&Special Collections&Archives at the University of Liverpool.
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