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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 5A: Not all “Open” Content is Fully Discoverable…

Industry Challenges
Concurrent 5A: Not all “Open” Content is Fully Discoverable: What Can Publishers and Aggregators Do?

Publishers, aggregators, authors, funding-agencies, and universities often have an intention to share content with everyone in the world and choose a variety of places to put their content where it can be discovered. Users have many ways of discovering content including web search engines, library discovery services, various links, and browsing tools. Not all of these “discovery pathways” are able to search or find content from some of the places where “open” content has been placed.

The NISO Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee is now examining the intersections between shared content locations and various discovery pathways. This session will look at three broad categories of open scholarly output: journal articles, open monographs, and open educational resources (OER). We’ll cover each content type to describe discoverability problems currently being worked on, and will solicit from the audience suggestions on where there may be additional issues to consider.

Moderator: John G. Dove, NISO Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee
Twitter Handle: JGDove


John G. Dove, NISO Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee
John G. Dove is an information industry consultant and Open Access advocate. He helped lead the online encyclopedia aggregator, Credo Reference, from its early days up through cash-flow-positive and beyond. In the 90s he was president and COO of Silverplatter. His background includes work at the strategy firm, Symmetrix, and helping to direct the e-Government executive education program at Harvards Kennedy School. A foundational element of his career has been about finding ways to facilitate end users access to information. Hes been online from home since 1969.
Twitter Handle: JGDove
Gerry Hanley, Merlot.org
Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching at www.merlot.org ) and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services for the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. At the CSU, Gerry oversees the management and implementation of systemwide academic technology initiatives including digital library services, course redesign with technology, affordable learning solutions, accessible technology, and Cal State Online, serving CSUs 23 campuses with over 25,000 faculty and 475,000 students. At MERLOT, he directs the development and sustainability of an international consortium and technology strategy to provide open educational services to improve teaching and learning. He is the Director of SkillsCommons, the US Department of Labors open repository for workforce development and the Director of the CSU, Long Beach Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility. Gerrys previous positions include professor of psychology at the CSU Long Beach campus.
Charles Watkinson, University of Michigan Libraries
Charles Watkinson is Associate University Librarian for Publishing at the University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2014, Charles was Director of Purdue University Press and Head of Scholarly Publishing Services in Purdue Libraries for five years, and Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for five years. He has been a board member of the Association of American University Presses and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and was an initiator of the Library Publishing Coalition.
Lettie Conrad,
In her 15 years of publishing experience, Lettie has led user-centered web and mobile product development, focused on driving research and analysis that enables evidence-based product management for a portfolio of global clients. Lettie Y. Conrad is a publishing and product development consultant, working as a senior associate with Maverick Publishing Specialists, as well as with a portfolio of independent global clients. She serves as North American Editor for Learned Publishing and as a member of NISOs Open Discovery Initiative, as well as a part-time information science doctoral student via a remote program at Queensland University of Technology via San Jose States iSchool. Read more about Lettie on LinkedIn, ORCID or Twitter.