Innovations Seminar 2014
Social Media and Scholarly Publishing: Exchanging, engaging, empowering

Join us for the next STM Innovations Seminar on 3 December in London. The key theme of the day will be Social Media and how new digital channels have impacted on scholarly publishing and research communication. While science has become increasingly open science and new generations are sharing and engaging so much via the social web, scholarly communication is also undergoing fundamental changes in how it approaches knowledge exchange and makes impact and quality assessments. Will peer review fundamentally change? How much can and will researchers exchange in terms of data and intermediate results?

The seminar will feature young research who have completely embarked on Open Science and the constant sharing with their peers via social media. The program includes speakers from Mendeley, Altmetrics and researchers who actively pilot a sharing paradigm, who apply new metrics for quality assessments and who are experiment new ways of communicating their results, including the availability of underlying data.

The seminar program will offer not just talks on social channels and engagement, but hands-on features and experiences to get involved with live at the seminar itself.

Come engage and learn about the leading edge of the latest technology trends within publishing.




Registration open and coffee available


Opening Keynote and IEEE Lecture


Introduced by Gerry Grenier (IEEE) and Chairman of STM’s Future Lab Committee


Keynote: Michael Harris: The End of Absence; what constant online life does to us.


Michael Harris is the author of the best-selling book The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost In A World of Constant Connection, which was published by HarperCollins and Current in August, 2014. Harris is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Western Living and Vancouver magazines. His work has been published by dozens of publications including Wired, Salon, Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, and Slate. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with the artist Kenny Park.


Harris: "Only a few people in history will experience life before and after the rise of the Internet. Adults alive in this brief moment have memories of a certain solitude that existed prior to the constant connection they now live with. What was the value of absence, of solitude? And how might we incorporate those qualities back into our digital lives?"




Social Media, and how a new generation is changing research communication


Moderator: David Smith, The IET


Selling the Science
Cedric Tan, Dance your PhD
Sell, engage and expand, the key to making Science accessible and fun to the public. Let’s see how these three elements can be helpful in improving the way publishers and researchers work together to communicate science.


William Gunn: Mendeley

William Gunn, head of academic outreach at Mendeley, will explain how Mendeley provides a network between millions of researchers worldwide. Started as a reference manager where academics and scholars can upload, keep and organize their personal set of papers, it is evolving into a space for collaboration, sharing and discovery. Is Mendeley growing into a proper scientific social network or should we see it simply as a reference manager adding bells and whistles ?


Social Media in Altmetrics, Altmetrics in Social Media

Kathy Christian, Altmetrics

Presence in Social Media is an important measure in new metrics. Katherine Christian, explains the role that altmetrics play in assessing the quality of blogs, comments and self-postings in social media. And while social media appear in altmetrics, the reverse is explained: how altmetrics appear in social media.


Being Open as an early career researcher: is sharing easier for the new generation?

Erin McKiernan

Erin McKiernan is a researcher working primarily in experimental and theoretical neuroscience and an active blogger about neuroscience, open science, and open access publishing. She lives and breathes the sharing paradigm and will explain what it means being open as an early career researcher. She is also a teacher in math and science. Based in Mexico, McKiernan will deliver her talk via video and skype.


EU consultation on Science 2.0

Daniel Spichtinger, European Commission

Open Science and Open Research has the won the close attention of the EU in a Science 2.0 program aiming to create benefits to innovation, economic growth and welfare and wellbeing of the EU citizens through more Science 2.0. A consultation for this was started in the second half of 2014 and results are expected soon.


FLASH Session: Publishers and vendors show their latest launches in flashy, super-fast 5 minute talks.


Moderated by: Jasper Simons, Thomson Reuters

Sam Herbert, 67 Bricks
Graham McCann, Shared Ontologies for Article Enrichment
Howard Ratner, CHORUS
Andrea Fallas, Semantico




Time for networking


Afternoon Keynotes: Open Science, Open Metrics


Moderator: Anita de Waard, Elsevier


Carole Goble: FAIRer Research

The reuse and reproduction of scientific experiments as they are described in publications is hard. It depends on additional information and support beyond the text of the paper. Because the objects of research are not just articles. They are the codes, data, algorithms, workflows that are bundled with the narrative: first class citizens to be managed, credited and tracked. These objects (like research itself) are not fixed: codes  fork, data is updated, algorithms are revised, workflows break.

The Research Object Framework to about bundling and relating the resources of a scientific experiment with their research context; with the information needed for research and its components Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). In the talk I'll present our attempt to define a light weight Research Object framework and show how emerging off the shelf mechanisms, and standards can be using to mint ROs in practice, using examples from Biology.


Cassidy Sugimoto: Novel forms of scholarly impact: Seeking validation in an open metric market.

Cassidy Sugimoto is Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington, and a prolific author on new metrics used in scholarly assessment, especially those derived from social media. Her most recent compilations have looked at the historical criticism of scholarly metrics (Scholarly Metrics under the Microscope, ITI, 2015) and have explored the proliferation of novel forms of tools for scholarly assessment (Beyond Bibliometrics, MIT Press, 2014). Her empirical work has examined interalia scholarly tweets, the validity of metrics in 10 different social media services, and science communication in TED videos. In her talk, she will present an overview of new metrics, the validity of these metrics, and what they bring to the spectrum of assessing scholarly impact.


Tea Break 


Afternoon plenary: Data Big Data              


Moderator: David Martinsen (ACS)


Simon Hodson, Big Data in Science

Simon Hodson is the Executive Director of ICSU-CoData. Codata is involved in a series of big data projects in science. Whereas the concept of big data is conquering society and business, the big data generated for science  has its own challenges to solve. Hear about the new initiatives by CoData on this front.


Hylke Koers,  Linking data and publications – the past, present, and future

To enable open sharing, discovery and recognition of research data, it’s essential to have robust and persistent links between data sets and formal scholarly publications. In this presentation I will discuss “the past, present, and future” of such article-data links, focusing on the work carried out by the ICSU-WDS / RDA Working Group to set up a universal, open cross-referencing service between articles and data.


Todd Vision, Making research data integral to publication by bridging technology, business and culture

Although scientists have traditionally made little effort to disseminate the “long-tail” data supporting their published findings, recent years have seen a wave of interest in data availability and reuse, and researchers are increasingly seeing data as a product that can contribute to their scholarly reputation. Vision will discuss the Dryad Digital Repository, an exemplar for how the data behind the publication can be brought into the fold of scholarly communication through attention to such aspects as user experience, user incentives, and sustainability.

16.40 - 17:15

FLASH Session: Publishers and vendors show their latest launches in flashy, super-fast 5 minute talks.


Moderated by: Jasper Simons, Thomson Reuters

Nigel Robinson, Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index

Ian Bruno, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre

Matt Turner, Marklogic

Babis Marmanis, Copyright Clearance Center

Kaveh Bazargan, River Valley Technologies


Programme Committee:

Gerry Grenier, IEEE

Anita de Waard, Elsevier

Phill Jones, Digital Science

David Smith, IET

David Martinsen, ACS

Heather Ruland Staines, SIPX

Howard Ratner, CHORUS

Jasper Simons, Thomson Reuters

Eefke Smit, STM

A summary of the 2013 seminar is available from the American Institute of Physics.


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