Day 2 STM Week 2019 Digital Publishing

Digital Publishing Seminar
Tools & Standards

Seminar Co Directors: Janine Burr-Willans, Head of Operations, Emerald Publishing
                                     Nancy RobertsFounder, Business Inclusivity

Digital Publishing – Efficient, agile, secure and reliable working practices require world-class tooling and standards. As publishers, we live in an ever-evolving landscape of functional and non-functional requirements. Let’s get ahead of the curve by understanding how we work and defining new processes and mechanisms.



Light continental breakfast & networking


Pivoting to the Practical: Technology and Standards Focus on Making Things Work
Bill Kasdorf
, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC


How AI and Natural Language Processing Can Increase the Speed and Quality of Publishing

Marion Morrow, Director, Sales & Marketing, Cenveo Publisher Services

For quite a few years, artificial intelligence seemed like just another buzzy term with vague implications on the publishing industry. But now, publishers are putting it into action. Through a range of applications, AI and natural language processing are being used by publishers to streamline workflows, produce higher-quality content, and improve the author experience. Greater automation also frees up valuable time to focus on critical efforts requiring human analysis and subject matter expertise. This session will explore current use cases and future applications of AI and NLP in the publishing sector and how they’re combining to make research and publications more timely, relevant and useful.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How AI & NLP can drive high-speed publishing and increase quality
  • Examples of AI & NLP use cases by publishers and tech providers, from improving manuscript evaluation to easing the editing process
  • How intelligent automation improves author experience and boosts the immediacy of science
  • How AI and NLP will impact the publishing industry in the future


Refreshment break & networking


Computers as content consumers: Are publishers ready for the new readers?
A Panel Discussion moderated by:Chris KenneallyDirector Content Marketing, CCC

While the public may marvel at machine-generated output from Siri and Alexa to their questions about the world, publishers understand that producing the “input” to help such machines form their answers is an attractive, forward-thinking business opportunity.

Computers, however, do not “read” in the same way as do humans. Savvy publishers recognize the types of adjustments that will cater to this new “machine reader,” then make systematic changes across their repertoire —or at least,  in a specific subject area – to maximize results.

Join us for a discussion of “publishing for machines,” and learn steps you can take to prepare your content for computer consumption.
Lucie Kaffee, University of Southampton
Andy Halliday, Senior Product Manager, Springer Nature
Tom Morris, Sr. Director, Engineering, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
Sadia Shahid, Director of Strategy,


Content as Data: Strategies for Modeling Scholarly Content as Query-able Data
A Panel Discussion moderated by:Jay Ven Eman, CEO, Access Innovations

Most scholarly published data – Journal articles, meeting abstracts, and other content – is held in JATS or other forms of XML. This format is ideal for transmission and display, but not designed to be a query-able dataset. In other words: 900,000 articles does not a database make.We to be able to ask questions like: How many articles did we publish in [these three journals] on [some topic] by authors from [institution] over [timespan]: for example, how many articles on Chemical Physics did we publish in our OA journals last quarter by authors from Harvard?  This information exists in the XML metadata – but it is not easy accessible for analytics. In this session, we will explore various models and strategies used by forward-thinking scholarly and association publishers to make their most valuable data asset – the content – available as query-able datasets.  This includes excerpting metadata into SQL tables, extracting RDF triples into a graph database, and other strategies.

Gerry Grenier, Senior Director of Content Management, IEEE
Bob Saffell, Director of Content Operations, Wolters Kluwer Health
Andrew Smeall, Chief Product Officer, Hindawi Publishing




Reinventing Medical Information for the Digital Age

BMJ have switched focus from simply providing content to creating digital products that solve specific user problems. We partnered with 67 Bricks to reinvent our content architecture to support our ambitions. A close collaborative relationship allowed us to redevelop our architecture from the ground up, moving away from large monographs to flexible chunks of content that can be rapidly updated and open up many opportunities for integration. The work we’ve done with 67 Bricks has laid the foundations to support our product development strategy, innovation and partnerships that were impossible before.

Susan Crean Business Development Consultant, 67 Bricks
David Iddon, Head of UX, BMJ
Dr Chris Wroe, Health Informatician, BMJ


The missing link in the publishing cycle
Vee Rogacheva, User Experience Designer, OpenAthens 


Refreshment break & networking


XML workflow as key to the advancement of the scholarly publishing industry
Jennifer Fleet
, Managing Director, Aries Systems Corporation &
S.J. MacRae, Business Systems Analyst, Aries Systems Corporation 


Power up! Supercharging the manuscript to journal pathway
Chris Leonard, Director of Products & Strategy, Cactus


Stability, agility and the delivery of Emerald’s Insight Platform
Sarah Boyd, Senior Product Manager, Emerald Publishing

A light hearted retrospective of the challenges, highlights and pitfalls of Emerald’s agile transformation, along with some key learning, against the backdrop of their recent platform rebuild and migration of the Emerald Insight product


Close of Seminar



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