Innovations Seminar 2017
An STM Week Event

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Digital Ethics: Can technology

recognise right from wrong?

Wednesday 6th December 2017, London

Science and reporting don’t always see eye to eye. Despite there being vast amounts of legitimate scientific and cultural information online, hoaxes, misinformation and post-truth distortion are eroding trust and dividing societies.  From elections to health, science and even research integrity - controversy and sensationalism are taking a dangerous precedent over unbiased and accurate reporting of scientific fact.

It is more important than ever to reaffirm the role of facts over opinions – so what role should STM publishers play and what are our ethical obligations?

This year’s Innovations seminar will bring you expert views on how machine learning, artificial intelligence, algorithms and smart devices might be used to detect unintended flaws, track the manipulation of data and images and contribute to both greater scientific clarity and better research integrity. Can smarter computing power assist us build trust, help educate stakeholders and the wider public and reaffirm the role of scientific facts?

Come and join us as we discover the latest ideas, collaborations, ventures, and products designed to enhance scholarly communications whilst also improving trust and integrity in the research process.



Registration, coffee & networking


Opening Keynote and IEEE lecture: Digital Ethics in the Age of Smart Machines

Zoltàn Szlàvik, IBM Centre for Advanced Studies, Benelux, Team Lead

Moderated by: Michael Forster, IEEE, Managing Director, Publications

IBM is the creator of Watson, the intelligent computer that can win chess matches and make individual medical diagnoses based on big data. Watson is probably the best known smart machine around the world. At its heart are Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing; this new generation of technology and cognitive systems will soon touch every facet of work and life – with the potential to radically transform them. They represent technological enablers behind dreams as well as nightmares for mankind.

The worldwide web is developing into a place where misinformation, hoaxes, echo-bubbles can seriously influence human behaviour, commercial business environments and even world politics. The vast amount of user data produced via internet and social media can bring benefits and new dangers. Trust and integrity in autonomous systems are more than ever necessary, just as the need for Digital Ethics.

With a great and growing number of AI applications, the new question is: how can ethics be built into the machine ? How to develop and embed Digital Ethics in the age of the smart machine ? Can technology itself help recognize right from wrong ?

This talk will explain how their research attempts to infuse ethics into the machine, how to ascertain what is right and what is wrong, what is true and what is not, by means of machine learning, how to deal with data that contains disagreement coming from people. This is uniquely important within cognitive technology, which augments human intelligence and expertise and works collaboratively with humans.


Refreshment break





The future of digital ethics

This panel will bring together industry experts with both theoretical and practical experience to discuss ethics of algorithms, user interface design, technology deployments, and current practice and policies in a lively set of presentations and discussions.

Moderated by: Kent Anderson, CEO, Redlink

Tamara Welschot, Head of Advisory and Assurance, Research Integrity, Springer Nature

Fanny Hidvégi, European Policy Manager, Access Now

Sandra Wachter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute



Flash Session: 5 ultra-short talks on new and pending product launches and projects

Moderated by: IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Senior Vice President of Research Integrity, Elsevier

This year’s line-up includes: Heather Ruland Staines Matthew Hayes, Taylor & Francis,

Project-TAPAS Michael Forster, IEEE

Shareable PDF’s, Charlie Rapple, KUDOS

Metadata2020, Rachael Lammey, Crossref

Accelerated Ontology Creation, Jignesh Bhate, Molecular Connections


Lunch and networking


Smart Services – Meeting the changing needs of researchers

Moderated by: Renny Guida, Director of Product Management, IEEE

This “rubber meets the road” session will take a deep dive into the technology and systems that are being used to enhance discovery, and overcome some of the current obstacles in research communication.  Article integrity, data reproducibility, relevancy and recommendations: this session focuses on the application of specific technology to enhance researcher productivity.  A set of representatives from vendors / publishers will discuss the services they are using and developing for this.

Maarten Cleeren, Director of Product Management, Enriched Content, Elsevier | Research Products

Innovations in technology are impacting our industry in multiple ways: they are affecting how we have historically done business; they are improving our capabilities to develop our content more effectively; and finally: they are helping us provide superior new products and services to the researchers, clinicians and other professionals that we serve. These innovations have seen us transform a publish company into an information analytics business specializing in science and health. In my talk, I will briefly touch on each of the three above areas and show how it has allowed us to improve research and research productivity.

Matt Turner, CTO Media and Technology, MarkLogic

Data Takes Center Stage

Data is driving innovation across the industry to help publishers and information providers go beyond content, deliver answers and connect with their communities. Organizations investing in data are focusing on the connections in the data and putting these in action. In my remarks, I will give an overview of the importance of these connections in the data and cover how some leading-edge organizations like BSI, Wolters Kluwer, APA and, from outside the industry, NBC’s Saturday Night Live project are using data to redefine how we deliver information today. 

John Sack, Founding Director, Highwire Press


Resource Access in the 21st Century, RA21: A joint project by STM and NISO

Access to scholarly resources should be seamless and easy. This session will bring the first results of a set of pilots started by the RA21 project to develop better, more userfriendly and more secure practices for access and authentication to STM information than the current IP-address recognition. RA21 was launched as a joint NISO-STM project in the second half of 2016 and started several pilot projects during 2017. First results are now available – come and hear what they teach us about best practices for more effective access protocols in our industry.

Introduction  -  Julia Wallace, RA21 Project Director

RA21 update and outcomes:

RA21 Position Papers  - Heather Flanagan, RA21 Academic Pilots Coordinator

Technology and the pilots:

 Corporate Pilot  - Helen Malone, GSK

Improving the User Experience - Ralph Youngen, ACS

P3W Pilot - Chris Shillum, Elsevier

WAYF Cloud Pilot - Meltem Dincer, Wiley

Panel discussion - What’s next for RA21? 

RA21 participants will respond to a variety of questions including those posed by audience members.


Refreshment break


Closing keynote: Copyright in the age of analytics 

Mark Seeley, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Elsevier

Moderated by: Sam Bruinsma, Brill, chair of STM’s Future Lab forum

What is it about being in the digital and online environment that raises questions/issues about copyright?  Where are the digital copyright issues going?  Is there an absolute or inherent conflict between technology and rights, or technology and the content industries?  Mark will address the differentiators in “being digital” and “being online”, the impact on copyright cultural issues, and the likely evolution of copyright and intellectual property matters for innovators in scholarly communications.


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