Innovations Seminar 2013

A summary of the seminar is now available from the American Institute of Physics.

STM is at the leading edge of the latest technology trends within publishing. This annual London-event brings together the industry's most established thinkers and bright up-and-coming future stars to give attendees an insight into the hottest innovations and vital technological trends and developments which will define STM publishing for years to come.

2013 Seminar
e-Science, we-Science and the latest evolutions in e-publishing

Science and research is rapidly evolving into e-science and e-research, and this in turn is sparking a continuous flow of new e-publishing evolutions. Our annual London Innovations seminar will bring you the latest developments from these frontiers including: new methods of enriching academic information develop; semantic technologies which add context and meaning; data mining, bringing new patterns and new relationships; entity linking which helps forge connections to deeper data and related information elsewhere on the web or in the cloud.
This year’s event has brought together an impressive list of enticing speakers to examine the research data revolution, information augmentation and information analytics. The afternoon is dedicated to e-Science and we-Science and includes an exciting tour through the Zooniverse, one of the most successful manifestations of citizen science.  
Come and experience what the real article-of-the-future will look like.


08 45

Registration & Coffee

09 30

Opening by Gerry Grenier (IEEE), chair of the STM Future Lab Committee

09 35

Morning Keynote and IEEE lecture: The Research Data Revolution

Moderated by: Gerry Grenier, IEEE


The Research Data Revolution
Sayeed Choudhury
, Associate Dean for Research Data Management,

Johns Hopkins University 

Data has become a major topic of interest from all sectors of society with headlines such as “Data is the new oil” to assertions from McKinsey that data is the fourth factor of production. Within higher education, new forms of data intensive scholarship have already begun to transform research and learning. The “Research Data Revolution” will examine the implications of these developments for libraries and publishers especially as they relate to new forms of competition.

10 30

Refreshment break

11 00

Morning plenary: ePublishing evolutions

Moderated by: Dave Martinsen, ACS


Watson and the Journey to Cognitive Computing
Frank Stein, IBM
Today, many of our science, technical, and medical professionals can not keep up with the growing amount of new information being produced in the world.   The complication is that although we have ever faster computers, they haven’t been designed to process and understand this information which is mostly in human-consumable formats.  This means we’re not getting the full value out of our scientific, medical, and technical endeavors.
This talk will provide a brief overview of Watson as a cognitive computing exemplar, and of Cognitive Computing more generally. We will discuss some of the implications of this new technology, providing a basis to envision changes that will start impacting our world and to understand some of the benefits and challenges that cognitive computers will bring to the scientists and professionals in the fields that you support.


Source Data and other article enrichments

Thomas Lemberger, EMBO Journals

The aim of the EMBO SourceData project is to build tools that will allow journals to integrate data and structured biological metadata in published papers and to develop data-oriented methods to search the literature. 



Actionable Data - the Wolfram Approach

Matthew DayWolfram Research
Wolfram Research has created several actionable data technologies, particularly and the Computable Document Format. The new focus is on enhancements that will greatly extend our ability to make all sorts data files readily actionable with minimal work from data producers or curators.

12 30

Morning FLASH Session
Moderated by: Terry Hulbert (Independent Publishing Consultant)
Publishers, dotcoms and vendors show their latest launches in flashy, super-fast 5 minute talks.
Includes: eLife, Molecular Connections, PLoS, River Valley, Aries, MarkLogic, CHORUS

13 00


14 00

Special Introduction on Science 2.0 and current developments in the EU,
Prof Jean-Claude Burgelman, EU Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Head of Unit

14 15

Afternoon Keynote: e-Science and we-Science: Making citizen science work
Moderated by: Dave Smith (IET)
Lessons from the Zooniverse : Science with (nearly) a million collaborators
Chris Lintott, Researcher, Oxford Astrophysics and Principal Investigator, Zooniverse

The Zooniverse is the world’s most successful platform for citizen science - the involvement of non-professionals in the scientific enterprise. Zooniverse founder Chris Lintott will cover the highlights of six years of collaboration, including mysterious galaxy-sized gas clouds, unusual planets and a journey across the Serengeti, and explain the lessons for researchers and publishers alike in bringing science to such a large audience.

15 00

Afternoon Plenary: e-Science, e-Research, e-Publishing
e-Research and the demise of the scholarly article.
David De Roure, Director of e-Research Centre, Oxford

15 30

Refreshment break

16 00

Afternoon Plenary: e-Science, e-Research, e-Publishing
Moderated by: Howard Ratner, CHORUS
Text and Data Mining, discovering new patterns
Nicko Goncharoff, Digital Science

Wearable Computers: Future Fix-All or Fashion Faux Pas?
Heather Ruland Staines, SIPX
From Google Glass to the Samsung Gear, technology blogs and expos are all over wearable computing. Whether as extensions to our phones or as sensors to monitor our health or purchasing behavior, wearables are coming. Learn about how wearable computers are being tested in education and teaching contexts, what the latest initiatives are, and hear from a Glass Explorer about the potential and the perils of a computer on your face.

16 40

Final FLASH Session
Moderated by: Terry Hulbert (Semantico)
Publishers, dotcoms and vendors show their latest launches in flashy, super-fast 5 minute talks.
Includes: Kudos, Social Cite, JournalMap, Scrazzl, CCC-Rightslink,, Semantico,

17 15


Flash sessions

The program will again include several Flash-talk sessions, when publishers show their latest launches in flashy, super-fast 5 minute talks.

New Venue

Please note this year’s new venue for the event:
Congress Centre
Great Russell Street
London, UK

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