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2014 SSP 36th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 5B: Previews Session…

Concurrent 5B: Previews Session: New and Noteworthy Product Presentations

This session is designed to offer publishers and vendors the chance to showcase their newest and most innovative products, platforms, and/or content. The idea is to better provide a wide breadth of content on new and updated products that are of interest to the SSP community. Speakers will be organized in a lightning round format with each allotted five-minute presentations, back-to-back.
Moderator: David Myers, DMedia Associates, Inc.


Ben Mudrak, Research Square
Ben Mudrak is a Strategic Accounts Manager at Research Square, the company behind American Journal Experts (AJE), Rubriq, and JournalGuide. In this role, Ben helps seek out and grow new collaborations with publishers, societies, and research institutes to further Research Squares mission of removing roadblocks from the path to publication. Prior to his current position, Ben launched AJEs author education program, including in-person workshops, webinars, and an online resource site. Before joining Research Square, Ben was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at Elon University. As a Senior Editor at AJE, he also edited hundreds of scientific manuscripts for international authors. Ben holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University and a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Virginia. He resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and daughter.
Adam Jay Harrison, World in Flux
Jay Harrison is a former US Government senior executive and change agent who achieved the distinction of being awarded an unprecedented three consecutive Army Greatest Invention awards for his contributions to technology innovation in the public sector. Following his public service, Jay built one of the fastest growing aerospace and defense technology companies in the U.S., Mav6 LLC. He is now co-founder and CEO of World in Flux, a Toronto-based company that is building the first true read-write, Augmented Reality-based publishing platform.
Jasper Simons, Thomson Reuters
Heather Staines, SIPX, Inc.
Heather Ruland Staines is Vice President Publisher Development at SIPX (formerly Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange) where she is exploring the nexus of academic publishing, library technology, and the future of eLearning. Prior to SIPX, she worked for Springer, as Senior Manager eOperations and Global eProduct Manager SpringerLink. Active in many industry groups, Heather currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishers, the ALA ALCTS CRS Education, Research, and Publications Committee, the STM Futurelab Committee, and the planning committee for Academic Publishing Europe (APE). She is a Google Glass Explorer, and she holds a Ph.D. in History from Yale University.
Deepika Bajaj, RedLink
Melinda Kenneway, Kudos Innovations, Ltd. & TBI Communications
Melinda Kenneway is a Director and co-founder of TBI Communications, a specialist marketing agency providing support to academic publishers, societies and libraries. Melinda has worked within scholarly communications for over twenty years with much of her experience gained through a long career with Oxford University Press, where she latterly held the post of Marketing Director for the Journals division. Since forming TBI in 2004, Melinda and her team have worked to shape the sales and marketing strategy of organisations around the world and deliver imaginative and effective communications campaigns on their behalf. Melinda holds a degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford.
Jason Karl, JournalMap
Jason Karl is the creator of JournalMap – a web application that maps geotagged scientific literature based on where studies were conducted. Through his research and outreach as a scientist with the US Department of Agriculture, Jason saw that discovery of scientific knowledge was limited because there were no efficient ways to search for scientific literature geographically or analyze geographic patterns of knowledge. JournalMap was developed to meet these needs, and has quickly grown beyond the domains of agriculture and environmental science to applications across many science fields.
Tara Robenalt, HighWire
Tara Robenalt leads product management for HighWire and drives the product roadmap for delivering high-quality, innovative solutions to the STMS publishing industry. With extensive experience in product management, she worked at Oracle Corporation and for 11 years at IXL Learning, an educational technology company where she led the development of three successful e-learning web products, including an online books platform. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Aldo de Pape, Figshare
Matt Dunie, Data-Planet
Matt Dunie’s professional experience includes executive-level positions at ProQuest LLC (formerly ProQuest/CSA) where he led high-performing teams in driving business growth while increasing operating margins. During his tenure at ProQuest/CSA, Mr. Dunie negotiated and/or managed the acquisition and integration of 18 product lines and/or companies, built an international company with 12 sales, editorial and operations offices around the world and created several industry-leading and disruptive products and platforms, including two patented inventions enabling the search and indexing of captioned objectes within scholarly literature.

Mr. Dunie has founded or co-founded three information and content application services companies: including Insight Publications, RefWorks, and, most recently, LabArchives, a hosted information management technology designed to enhance the workflow of laboratory researchers. Mr. Dunie has held numerous professional association board positions and currently serves on the advisory board of Third Iron.

Robert Donegan, Aries Systems Corporation
Greg Suprock, Apex CoVantage, Content Solutions
Greg Suprock is Vice President and General Manager of Cadmus’ Columbia, Maryland, facility. Cadmus is a Cenveo company offering full-service support to publishers in the Science, Technology and Medical (STM) market space. The Columbia office is responsible for Content Services activities, including copyediting, journal management, composition, and data conversion.

Prior to joining Cadmus, Greg worked for the Nature Publishing Group as emerging technology director. There he was responsible for teams working on the Nature Network, Nature Protocols, and other social software applications. Before joining NPG, Greg worked at The Sheridan Press in a variety of operational and technology roles, starting as composition manager and concluding as digital services director.

Anna Jester, eJournalPress
Anna Jester began her career in publishing at Allen Press in Lawrence, KS, where she started as a member of the Online Publishing division. She later moved to the Online Manuscript Submission and Peer Review division and in time became the Product Manager for Online Publishing and Online Manuscript Submission and Peer Review products. She also served as the Editor of FrontMatter, a newsletter devoted to issues that affect society and association publishers with a particular focus on technology. In 2010 she moved to Maryland, joining eJournalPress as the Director of Sales & Marketing. Anna currently serves as a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Membership Committee, a member of the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Program Committee, and as Technology/E-Publishing Section Editor for Science Editor. Anna enjoys meaningful change, travel, excellent food and mysteries. She and her husband try, with limited success, not to spoil their Italian Greyhound.