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Technology Blitz: Making Sense of the Technology Landscape for Publishers

November 17, 2003, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Today’s publishing professional is challenged (and often confused!) by an exciting mix of technologies for publishing scholarly information. These technologies are being applied to areas such as author content creation, peer review, production, print and Web delivery, and, most significantly, how content users access and interact with the content. This advanced-level seminar is intended to help you sort out some of the mysteries of this technology blitz and help you meet some of the challenges it presents. Our speakers— experienced and savvy publishing professionals— will share their insights, practical experiences, and prognostications. A lively technology panel discussion will conclude the session, reviewing the day’s topics and other insights from the panelists.

Topics to be covered:

  • Current trends in publishing technologies—a view from Seybold Reports
  • Manuscript tracking systems
  • Linking
  • Content management

Who should attend:

  • Publishing business and marketing executives
  • Production and electronic publishing managers
  • Technology managers

Seminar Managers and Moderators:

  • Barry Bealer, President/CEO, Really Strategies
  • Frank Stumpf, President and COO, SPI Publisher Services
  • Julie Steffen, Associate Journals Manager, University of Chicago Press


  • Chris Biemesderfer, Principal of Seagoat Consulting
  • Chuck Koscher, Director of Technology at CrossRef
  • Jabin White, Executive Director of Electronic Production at Elsevier
  • John Muenning, Electronic Publishing Development Manager in the Journals Division of The University of Chicago Press
  • Linda Drumheller, Director, Editorial Production at the American College of Physicians
  • Lisa Bos, Co-founder, Vice President, and Chief Architect at Really Strategies
  • Mark Waltersenior, Senior Editor at Seybold Publications
  • Patti Ward, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW)


Barry Bealer, President/CEO, Really Strategies, Inc.  Since co-founding Really Strategies Inc., Barry has served as president and CEO of the company, based in Lansdale, Pa. Under Barry’s leadership, Really Strategies has grown into a full service firm that helps publishers bring strategy, content, and technology together. As a recent recipient of the Philadelphia 100® Award, Really Strategies has been named one of the fastest growing, privately-held companies in the Philadelphia region. Barry is also an active member of the Software and Information Industry Association content division’s board of directors and the education committee of the Society for Scholarly Publishing

Chris Biemesderfer, Principal of Seagoat Consulting, consults for numerous professional societies and academic publishers in the area of information dissemination via computer networks. He assisted the University of Chicago Press during the development of its on-line peer review system. He has offices in Washington, D.C., and Tucson.

Chuck Koscher, Director of Technology at CrossRef. In his two years at CrossRef, he has been involved in improving the linking infrastructure for its members’ scholarly publications. As a technologist, his focus is on implementation concerns driven by data management and data quality, and on the development of new services and standards initiatives. Chuck has more than 15 years’ experience in software services relating to content management and structured data delivery systems.

Frank J. Stumpf, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer, SPI Publisher Services. He joined SPI Technologies in late 1998 and assumed global P&L responsibility for SPI Publisher Services in 2000. He has overseen the development of this SPI business unit from a single customer in early 1999 to more than 35 customers in 2004. Prior to joining SPI, Frank spent 9 years with Cadmus Communications. He held various senior leadership positions in technology development and sales/marketing.

Jabin White, Executive Director of Electronic Production at Elsevier, serving the Health Sciences Division and dedicated to topics such as markup languages and supporting tools, content management, and workflow engineering. Before joining Elsevier, White was the content specialist for Unbound Medicine, a company specializing in delivering content to physicians via handheld devices and Web technologies.

John Muenning, Electronic Publishing Development Manager in the Journals Division of The University of Chicago Press, manages the development and implementation of electronic publishing technologies. He has led development on SGML-based publishing systems and Penta typesetting for the Press since 1994.

Julie Steffen, Associate Journals Manager and Director of Astronomy Journals at the University of Chicago Press. She is responsible for five premier astronomy journals (Astrophysical Journal, ApJ Letters, ApJ Supplements, Astronomical Journal, and Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific) as well as editing, production, and electronic publishing operations in UCP’s Journals Division. Julie serves on the board of directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Linda Drumheller has 25 years of experience in electronic publishing. She is Director, Editorial Production at the American College of Physicians, the nation’s largest medical specialty society.

Lisa Bos, Co-founder, Vice President, and Chief Architect at Really Strategies. She manages a staff of content engineers in their successful completion of client projects. Lisa is a recognized industry professional with over 10 years of hands-on data architecture, data analysis, content transformation, and project management experience. She is an expert in the design of XML-based content management systems and in the integration of those systems with Web sites and other output media.

Mark Walter, Senior Editor at Seybold Publications, the premier provider of media technology guidance to publishers and their suppliers since 1970. A 20-year publishing industry veteran and a Seybold analyst since 1987, Walter is well known as a writer, speaker, and consultant in areas affecting collaborative publishing systems. Today he leads Seybold’s coverage of XML and content management technologies and also directs the Seybold Consulting Group. Presentation: The Next Wave Of Publishing Technology

Patti Ward has been with Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) for seven years. She started in the journal production department and then the finance department, concentrating on vendor management and contract negotiation before taking over as Project Manager for the Editorial Manager Pilot project in January 2002. A year later, she became head of the newly created Editorial Solutions Group, which delivers editorial technologies and workflow tools to LWW society and proprietary editorial offices, including the enterprise implementation of electronic manuscript submission and peer review tracking.