STM Innovations Seminar U.S. 2013: Augmenting Information and other Unstoppable Innovations

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Unstoppable Innovations

STM information gets richer, deeper and wider connected. While mobile productivity means that users wish to exchange information any time, anywhere and via any device, new ways of enriching that information evolve: semantic technologies add context and meaning, data mining adds patterns and new relationships, entity linking adds connections to deeper data and related information elsewhere on the web or in the cloud. Research Articles are no longer straightforward stand-alone entities locked up in PDFs. A new PDF with much more interactive possibilities is on the rise. 

These unstoppable innovations lead the STM Publishing industry into a transformation from a business in validation and verification of information into a business of augmenting information.


This year’s STM Spring Innovations Seminar in Washington DC brings a series of enticing speakers who shed enlightening perspectives on these transforming changes. Come and learn from the talks on Cloud Research Engagements, Data Publishing and Data Citation, Massive Online Open Courseware (MOOCs), Attributions via ORCID and Digital Science.

STM's Future Lab will also reveal its Tech Trends 2013 report. And don’t miss the Flash Session with a line-up of crazy-5-minute talks that provide the newest of what publishers are preparing to launch.

Annual US event

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




Registration and Coffee


Opening Keynote:

Scientific Data, Machine Learning,and Analytics Tools in the Cloud

Dennis Gannon, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Research

The university research community is now starting to feel the impact of the data explosion.  In some areas of science, such as high energy physics, the community is well prepared.   However, in many other disciplines the need to catalog, share and analyze big data is becoming a fundamental requirement of basic research.   Many of these disciplines are not well served by the national infrastructure and there is a growing recognition that a sustainable model for data is needed.   At the same time the commercial sector and industrial research labs have been deeply involved with the application of data analytics and machine learning to extract knowledge from big data.   This talk will look at some of these trends and describe how we may be able to use them to create valuable sustainable scientific data collections.


Panel: The New Openness


Why Should Publishers Care About Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)?

Heather Ruland Staines, SIPX
Everywhere you look, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to Inside Higher Ed, you see news about MOOCs: how they will open education to the masses; how they will disrupt education. Platforms like Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy, compete with campus initiatives like Stanford’s Class2Go and Duke’s Semester Online. What does this mean for publishers? Does content need to be provided for free? What different business models are possible? Come learn about the challenges and opportunities in providing content for MOOCs.


Research Data and Data Citation

Paul Uhlir, Director at the U.S. National Academies in Washington


Research Identifiers

Micah Altman, Research Director MIT Libraries




Future Lab Tech Trends 2013

Gerry Grenier, Chair STM Future Lab


Digital Science

Kaitlin Thaney, manager Digital Science


Future Lab Flash Session

Leading publishers demonstrate new launches     
Jeff Lang, ACS
Andrea Powell, CABI,Farm infor per SMS
Michael Takats, Director,Product Strategy Search and Discovery, Thomson Reuters
Kent Anderson, Journal of Bone….
Kaitlin Thaney, Manager Digital Science,Read Cube
Marty Picco, Atypon
Anita de Waard, Elsevier
Todd Carpenter


End, STM Cocktail Reception




Program Committee:

  • Gerry Grenier – IEEE
  • Dave Martinsen – ACS
  • David Smith – CABI
  • Terry Hulbert – AIP
  • Howard Ratner – Nature Publishing Group
  • Eefke Smit – STM

Some comments from the STM 2012 Innovations seminar in D. C.

“Keynote was excellent. Good networking too.”

“I liked the mix of speakers.”

“½ day is great.”




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