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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Seminar 3: Open Source Tools for Scholarly Publishing…

Pre-Meeting Seminar
Seminar 3: Open Source Tools for Scholarly Publishing: Taking Ownership over Your Technology

Publishers are in the midst of a spate of new open source tools that can help us with authoring, manuscript submission, peer review, content production, web hosting, and beyond. Much of the existing platform software in scholarly publishing is out of date yet still very costly. New software can enable a massive streamlining of editorial and production work at a fraction of the cost. But what are the true benefits of adopting open source software, and what are the pitfalls? In this seminar, we’ll learn about the open source software currently available and software being released in the near future. We’ll talk about how these tools can be accessed and put to use by scholarly publishers, both large and small, and how to mitigate the risks of adopting new tools. This seminar is appropriate for both a technical and a non-technical audience.

Moderator: John Chodacki, California Digital Library and Kristen Ratan, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation


Brian Hole, Ubiquity Press
Brian Hole is the founder and CEO of Ubiquity Press. The ability to leverage open source software has been a key factor in enabling Ubiquity to launch a cost-effective platform, and the company is dedicated to releasing all new products under open licenses. Brian’s previous roles included the British Library, Elsevier and Business Objects.
Girija Goyal, ReFigure
Girija Goyal cofounded ReFigure. Girija is a translational immunologist who wanted to increase the impact of years of benchwork on human health and knowledge. ReFigure, formerly miniReproducibility Project, is a simple web tool that enables users to create visual metapublications by connecting figures published across many journals. It is targeted towards junior scientists so that they can take credit for their expertise and highlight facets of literature missed in traditional publication, such as reproducibility. Proof-of-concept development of ReFigure was supported by a contract from the eLife Innovation Initiative. ReFigure has been selected for sprint sessions at Mozfest 2015 and 2016 and a lightning talk at #scidata16.
Adam Hyde, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CoKo)
Adam Hyde is co-Founder of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation and has 20 years experience working in open source and eight years focusing solely on developing innovative web based collaborative publishing techniques and technologies. Adam has consulted for many organizations on Collaborative Knowledge Production to develop methodologies, rapid- and community-based content, and technologies including the United Nations Development Project, USAID, The World Bank, Google Open Source Programs Office, Mozilla, Cisco, F5, OpenStack, and PLOS. Adam was awarded the 2015 Shuttleworth Fellowship with the goal of building an open source publishing framework.
Erich Van Rijn, University of California Press
Erich van Rijn is Director of Publishing Operations at the University of California Press. His career in the publishing industry has spanned nearly 20 years in both general and academic publishing including stints at Oxford University Press and HarperCollins Publishers. In his current role, he oversees UC Presss production and information technology functions. He has participated in a number of key industry committees that are responsible for digital standards. Erich is currently also co-principal investigator on Editoria, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open source, web-based content and workflow management system for scholarly monographs.
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