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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 1F: Breaking Free of the Platform…

Concurrent 1F: Breaking Free of the Platform: Journals Leveraging Distributed Web Technology

Scholarly journals have traditionally relied on large-scale online platforms for digital distribution of journals whether provided by large publishers (Elsevier, Wiley) or independent (HighWire, Atypon). Platforms have traditionally provided technical and commercial infrastructure, as well as cross-journal linking and communities of interest for societies within similar disciplines. XML standards, new discoverability technologies, and the growth of Open Access are reducing the need for much of that infrastructure and its high overhead cost. So will these newer technologies that enable distributed networks make the traditional hosting platforms obsolete? This panel discussion will include representatives of technology companies and not-for-profit initiatives that are disrupting every phase of content creation, hosting, and discoverability. Participants will include both technology providers and publishers who have taken advantage of these technologies, including representatives from eLife, TrendMD, Hypothes.is, Open Science Framework, Public Knowledge Project, and Collaborative Knowledge Foundation.

Moderator: Bert Carelli, TrendMD
Twitter Handle: bcarelli


Tiffany Bogich, Science.ai
Tifany is co-founder of Standard Analytics (the company behind science.ai.) She and her fellown former Princeton University researcher, Sebastien Ballesteros, founded the company in February 2014 as a new way to provide publishers with everything needed to publish scholarly journals on the web from submission to online sales.
Paul Kudlow, TrendMD Inc.
Dan Whaley, Hypothes.is
Dan Whaley is the Founder and President of Hypothesis, a non-profit bringing an open source, standards based annotation solution to the Web. He also helped organize the Annotating All Knowledge coalition, and is a participant in the W3C Web Annotation Working Group. In 1994, Dan launched the online travel industry as the coder and entrepreneur who founded Internet Travel Network (ITN, later renamed GetThere). The first airline reservation made over the web was booked via a server in his living room in 1995. GetThere was purchased in 2000 by Sabre, Inc. and today processes over $10B of travel a year.
Kristen Fisher Ratan, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CoKo)
Jeff Spies, Center for Open Science
Paul Shannon, eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd