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08.22.2018  |  SSP News & Releases

SSP Seminar: New Directions in Strategy, Technology, and Community: “Collaborating to Compete” Panel Preview

Join us again this year for our Washington DC-based SSP New Directions Seminar, which has been expanded for 2018. Through speaker presentations, panel sessions, roundtables, and a lively debate session, we will explore new ways in which publishers are combining new strategies, new technology, and new approaches to their communities to meet today’s challenges.

The first panel at the seminar entitled Collaborating to Compete, will begin on September 25th, 2018, at 11:00 am.

Registration for the event remains open with a discount available for SSP members.

Scholarly communications is full of examples of organizations that would normally be considered competitors finding ways to collaborate with each other, with a particular focus on agreeing common standards/infrastructure. This session will have speakers from several such organizations to discuss why, how, and who they have chosen to collaborate with. We will bring together representatives from different organizations that have chosen to collaborate on a given initiative. They will explain their reasons for working together, as well as highlighting their initiative’s achievements and the lessons learned. We will conclude by inviting the audience to join us in some blue sky thinking about what other types of scholarly communications collaborations might be needed in future and why. Projects discussed will include ORCID, MECA, and Annotating All Knowledge.

Patricia Feeney, Head of Metadata at Crossref, will moderate the event, and is joined on the panel by Peg Fowler, Hypothesis; Tony Alves, Aries; Anna Jester, eJournalPress; and Craig Van Dyck, CLOCKSS

Patricia Feeney took the time to answer questions about the event:

Who is the intended audience for this panel and why should they attend?

The audience is decision makers, editors, production managers – anyone who wants to move our shared infrastructure forward.

Why do you think this topic is important and timely?

There’s a lot of focus on the next steps in scholarly research, we can’t take big steps as an industry without collaboration.

Is there a particular topic you’re looking forward to seeing discussed?

I’m always interested in the origin stories of this sort of thing – collaborating usually involves solving some sort of problem, how did the different organizations decide the problem was big enough that they couldn’t tackle it on their own? What were the challenges?

What do the selected speakers bring to the discussion?

We have speakers from more mature collaborations (Craig Van Dyck will be talking about ORCID) and emerging collaborations (Annotating All Knowledge and MECA) so there’s a good mix of perspectives.

What can attendees expect from the panel?

We plan to collaborate in the session on creating (or starting) a ‘collaboration checklist’, I’m excited to see what we come up with.

What do you hope attendees will take away from the panel?

I hope the panel sparks some new ideas for collaborations!

Click here to register for the seminar now.

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