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2009 SSP 31st Annual Meeting, Marriott Baltimore Waterfront, Baltimore, MD

Seminar 04 – Open Access: What We Know Now


Nancy Winchester
Nancy Winchester is the director of publications at the American Society of Plant Biologists, where she oversees the society’s peer review, production, and licensing activities. ASPB publishes two of the world’s top plant biology journals; an online open-access book on a model plant system; and a major plant biochemistry reference work/textbook, which is moving into its second edition (and spinning off an undergraduate-level text as well) via the society’s joint imprint with John Wiley & Sons.

Before joining ASPB eleven years ago, Nancy was editorial services director at the National Association of Social Workers, where she oversaw NASW’s extensive list of journals, books, and reference works.

Her prior editorial/production work includes positions at the American Physiological Society and the National Academy Press of the National Academy of Sciences. She has served SSP as a member of both the Education and Marketing Committees and is now on the SSP Research Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Boston University.

Philip Davis
Phil Davis is an independent researcher and consultant in science publishing. He holds a Ph.D. in science communication from Cornell University (2010), has extensive experience as a science librarian (1995-2006), and was trained as a life scientist. His research has focused on the dissemination of scientific information, rewards and incentives in academic publishing, and economic issues related to libraries, authors and publishers. Phil is a prolific author of many scientific and popular articles on science communication and speaks regularly at national conferences. He has received rewards for his work in bibliometrics. He is located in Ithaca, NY. http://phil-davis.org
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
Before moving to GWU in 2006, Steven Mandeville-Gamble was Head of the Special Collections Research Center at the NCSU Libraries (from 2004) and previously Assistant Head of Special Collections at Stanford University. He holds an MLIS from UC, Berkeley, an MA in Sociolinguistic Anthropology from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University.

Mr. Mandeville-Gamble was one of the earliest adopters of the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) standard in the country, and has been an active member and contributor throughout his career on various committees and working groups that have shaped the adoption of EAD.

David Gillikin
David Gillikin is currently the Chief, Bibliographic Services Division at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, where he oversees a variety of actives involved with creation, indexing, maintenance, training and documentation for the MEDLINE/PubMed database.

This work includes journal review and selection for inclusion into MEDLINE, the MEDLINE and UMLS data licensing programs, the production of the NLM Technical Bulletin and the annual MEDLINE reload process.

His previous position at NLM was as the Head, MEDLARS Management Section. Prior to coming to NLM, Mr. Gillikin was a technical manager at HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries.

While at HighWire, he managed the development and production of the HighWire search portal, and the HighWire electronic production department.

Other positions have included developing and managing the Science Online web sites, including the web site for Science magazine, for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and developing document tracking and correspondence management systems for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Michael Kurtz
Michael Kurtz is an astronomer and computer scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which he joined after receiving a Ph.D. in Physics from
Dartmouth College in 1982. Kurtz is the author or co-author of over 250 technical articles and
abstracts on subjects ranging from cosmology and extra-galactic astronomy, to data reduction and
archiving techniques, to information systems and text retrieval algorithms.

In 1988 Kurtz conceived
what has now become the Smithsonian/NASA Astrophysics Data System, the core of the digital library in
astronomy, perhaps the most sophisticated discipline-centered library extant. He has been
associated with the project since that time, and was awarded the 2001 Van Biesbroeck Prize of the
American Astronomical Society for his efforts. You may reach him at kurtz@cfa.harvard.edu .

Ray Colon
Ray Colon started his career in STM Publishing in 1995 working for Humana Press, a Springer imprint. Ray was responsible for book and journal sales, and supporting direct marketing activities. In 2000 he joined Elsevier as an account manager in Elsevier’s Bibliographic Databases group, responsible for sales and product development of EMBASE, Science Direct and SCOPUS.

Ray joined Springer’s eBook team in 2005, and played a key role in developing and launching the Springer eBook Collection. During the past two years, Ray has been General Manager for Humana Press, responsible for the launch of SpringerProtocols.com. Ray is currently responsible for business and journal development, and is tasked with increasing the quality of Springer’s journal portfolio via acquisitions, and in that capacity works closely on the Springer Open Choice TM program.