Who’s in control? Taking back ownership of your audience

In research conducted by the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, “newsroom personnel at every level expressed anxiety about loss of control over the destination of stories, the power of their brand, and their outlets’ relationship with the viewer or reader.” The consequences of a lack of control include challenges like monetization and data transparency. By forging direct ties with readers, publishers are able to better understand, through data, what content resonates with their audience and develop products that meet their needs—and keep them coming back. We asked media professionals about how they are taking back ownership of their audiences. Continue reading “Who’s in control? Taking back ownership of your audience”

Mendeley & E-PIC event in Austria on November 21st and November 22nd

What helps researchers to do their jobs? How can you best organize your documents, generate citations and bibliographies in a whole range of journal styles with just a few clicks? We offer you the chance to get to know Mendeley in Austria – at TU Vienna (Nov 21st) and TU Graz (Nov 22nd).  You will hear about the enablement of reference management, support of international collaborations and researcher data insights.

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Digital Science Presents Blockchain for Scholarly Communication & Research

Join us in London on the evening of Tuesday 28th November for a panel discussion and networking focusing on the potential of blockchain technology for scholarly communication and research.

Hear from a panel of experts including:

  • Soenke Bartling
  • Eefke Smit
  • Joris van Rossum
  • Mark Hahnel (moderator)
  • Eveline Klumpers

Continue reading “Digital Science Presents Blockchain for Scholarly Communication & Research”

Open Access Week 2017 – Open in Order to…

As a proud co-founder of Open Access Week, we hope you will join us in celebrating progress and promoting awareness to help make Open Access – the founding principle of PLOS – the new norm in scholarship and research globally. This year’s theme is “Open in Order to…” and invites the community to focus on what openness enables.

Since PLOS’ beginning, we’ve been open in order to accelerate progress in science and medicine through publishing, advocacy and innovation to benefit the research community and beyond. PLOS is open in order to ensure that: research outcomes are discoverable, accessible and available for discussion; science communication is constructive, transparent and verifiable; and publishing advances reproducibility, transparency and accountability. Continue reading “Open Access Week 2017 – Open in Order to…”

Altmetric to Host Altmetricon in Manchester


Are you keen to learn more about altmetrics, how other people are using them, and how they can benefit your organisation?

Join Altmetric at the Manchester Museum on the 7th November to hear about the latest innovations in altmetrics and see practical examples of how publishers, institutions, researchers and others are using these data in their day-to-day workflows. Sessions will include:

  • Informative workshops on how to use altmetrics data and tools
  • Discussions around use cases for altmetrics
  • Presentations on the latest innovations and future of altmetrics

There will be lots of time for discussion and opportunities to interact with colleagues and others from different parts of the academic world, which in the past has produced some really interesting ideas and useful insights.

Registration is free and refreshment will be provided. Altmetric looks forward to seeing you there!


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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: August 21 Edition

Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events. Note: Event descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

Featured Event

Journalism School Hackathon at University of North Texas
October 20-22, 2017
Denton, Texas

MediaShift is producing our fifth Journalism School Hackathon on the weekend of October 20-22, 2017, co-produced by the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas (near Dallas-Fort Worth). We’re convening a group of top students (graduates and undergraduates), faculty and professionals for the weekend Hackathon, with a real-world mission of creating startups in the sports and health areas. Students will have a chance to collaborate on diverse teams of students with faculty and pro facilitators.

Get more info and register here!

Students can apply for Travel Scholarships (up to $500) here!


Hack the Gender Gap: Women’s Hackathon on Diversifying AI at WVU
November 9-11, 2017
Morgantown, WV

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a diversity problem. The authors of algorithms that drive the majority of our every day interactivity, participation and decision making do not adequately represent gender, racial or economic diversity they intend to serve. That’s why MediaShift and the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University will convene college-age women from around the country to envision their role and influence in diversifying the emerging artificial intelligence market and conceptualize more inclusive AI entrepreneurial opportunities to meet the future needs of a diverse society.

Get more info and register here!



Content Marketing World Conference and Expo
September 5–8, 2017
Cleveland, OH
One of the largest content marketing conferences out here, CMW is a great place to connect with the top media companies and creators from around the world. It’s basically the must-attend event for professionals working in media and content creation for brands and news agencies. Plus, the schedule is full of interesting events like video marketing workshops, lessons in brand storytelling, and how to use data to drive your video content creation.
More information and registration here.

Digital Media Strategies USA
Sept. 6-8, 2017
New York City
Digital Media Strategies USA brings together leading CEOs, senior executives and innovators from newspapers, magazines, B2B publishers, broadcasters and digital media businesses both new and old, big and small, as well as brands and agencies. All speakers are briefed to share honestly on their challenges and how they are addressing them, offering insights, war stories, data and hard lessons from their experience.
More information and registration here.

Excellence in Journalism 2017
Sept. 7-9, 2017
Anaheim, Calif.
The Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association hosts their annual convention, welcoming all professionals in journalism, including: newsroom decision makers, leaders, station managers, reporters, producers, content managers, editors, freelancers and educators — people who are looking to implement new technologies, software products and journalism best practices in their newsrooms.
More information and registration here.

HippoCamp Creative Nonfiction Conference
Sept. 8-10, 2017
Lancaster, Pa.
Hippocampus Magazine’s goal is to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp is an extension of our three-fold mission. This three-day creative writing conference event features 40+ notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opportunities and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops in Lancaster, Pa., a city rich in history, arts and culture. All of this, plus meals and snacks, bundled into a great, comprehensive conference rate.
More information and registration here.

The Content Strategy Innovation Summit
September 11–12, 2017
San Francisco, CA
The summit’s speakers this year include content strategy execs from Facebook, Forbes, Disney, and more. Attendees will learn how to maximize their use of video online, hear from panels on strategy, and more that will help you innovate your content marketing.
More information and registration here.

Social Media Week
September 11–15, 2017
London, UK
Professionals attending SMW are at the intersection of media, technology, and marketing, creating plenty of networking opportunities. The theme this year is “Language and the Machine,” and attendees will hear from the biggest social media companies and learn about the latest trends in video, virtual reality, visual storytelling, and more.
More information and registration here.

Future of Journalism Conference
Sept. 14-15, 2017
Cardiff, UK
The sixth biennial Conference will address the theme of “Journalism in a post-truth age?” including, but not limited to, challenges to the authority of legacy news institutions and the ideals of objectivity, the increasing role of social media in shaping news consumption, and the associated emergence of “filter bubbles” and “echo chambers,” and the emergence of “fake news.”
More information and registration here.

The IBC Conference:
September 14–19, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands
IBC 2017 is a hotspot for media, entertainment, and technology professionals. The programme includes panels and sessions on the future of virtual reality, how broadcast TV is transforming, and how AI is driving innovation in media.
More information and registration here.

Digiday Publishing Summit
September 25–27, 2017
Key Biscayne, FL
This year, the summit is tackling the challenges that face digital media publishers, such as adapting to new technology and earning audience trust. Speakers include execs from top media companies, who will address topics like how to win at video, why publishers should think of themselves as tech companies, and how to master social content marketing.
More information and registration here.

Society for Features Journalism National Conference
Sept. 27-30, 2017
Kansas, Mo.
The Society for Features Journalism promotes the craft of writing and innovation in lifestyle, arts and entertainment journalism.
More information and registration here.

Society of Environmental Journalists 27th Annual Conference: Rivers of Change
Hosted and sponsored by The University of Pittsburgh/Swanson School of Engineering, the conference will blend a local, post-industrial focus on the Pittsburgh region with a strong current of national and global environmental issues. And this year there will be added emphasis on environmental justice, with an opening plenary at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture and a complementary track that spans the conference.
More information and registration here.


Oct. 5-7, 2017
Washington, D.C.
ONA17 brings together some of the most innovative minds in digital media, including journalists, media executives, developers, entrepreneurs, students and educators.
More information and registration here.

Future of Storytelling Festival
Oct. 6-9, 2017
New York City
The FoST Festival is an immersive storytelling festival that puts you at the center of the action. Delight in interactive, multi-sensory exhibits, take in awe-inspiring live performances, try out cutting-edge new technologies, and learn from some of the smartest people from the worlds of entertainment, marketing, and technology about where storytelling is headed in the future.
More information and registration here.

International Conference on Journalism and Mass Communication
Oct. 9-10, 2017
The conference theme is “Journalism, Media and Mass Communication in the Age of Information”: Mass media is seen in nearly every facet of our daily lives and technology is constantly altering the way we live. The technology boom that has been felt around the world has forever changed communication as we know it and has greatly impacted our personal and professional lives. Presently, the media as a vehicle of social change influence appearance, language, family, status, politics, and religion.
More information and registration here.

The Folio Show
October 9–11, 2017
New York, NY
The Folio Show is a great place to connect with magazine and digital media executives and learn from panels on monetizing video, growth-hacking image based social media, managing content production, and more. There are five different conference tracks to help you focus on the most important sessions: content, marketing, events, sales, and ads and operations.
More information and registration here.

FIPP World Congress
Oct. 9-11, 2017
The FIPP World Congress is the largest and most high profile media event in the world. Bringing together the world’s leading multi-platform media publishers and industry suppliers, this global event is an opportunity to explore the latest trends and solutions in the industry, amongst an unrivalled delegate list and cutting edge suppliers.
More information and registration here.

APME’s NewsTrain Digital-Skills Workshops: Social, Data, Mobile, Video and More
Oct. 14, 2017, outside Boston, Mass.
Oct. 21, 2017, suburban Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 11, 2017, Seattle
For $75, early-bird registrants get a full Saturday of digital training at APME’s three NewsTrain workshops this fall. Topics include social reporting and branding, data-driven enterprise, mobile storytelling and newsgathering, and smartphone video.
More information and registration for New England, Columbus or Seattle NewsTrains here.

Digital Media North America Conference
Oct. 19-20, 2017
This two-day event, organized jointly by WAN-IFRA and the News Media Alliance (NMA), will provide a unique opportunity for North American news media executives to hear and discuss digital revenue strategy from the world’s most advanced media companies.
More information and registration here.

Media Tech Summit
October 26, 2017
New York, NY
The summit’s 2017 theme is “Harnessing the Power of Digital Engagement.” While this year’s agenda and speakers haven’t been announced yet, last year’s speakers included top marketing executives from Facebook, Time Warner, NBC Universal, and more. As a private forum, this hot-ticket event requires an invitation to register.
More information and registration here.

World Conference of Science Journalists
Oct. 26-30, 2017
The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists will bring together 1,200–1,400 professionals dedicated to engaging, incisive, accurate, and high-quality science journalism.
More information and registration here.

Oct. 27-29, 2017
The Journalism & Women Symposium will host its Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), which offers professional development, training, inspiring speakers and an opportunity to support networking, mentoring and friendship among women in journalism.
More information and registration here.

Mozilla Festival
Oct. 27-29, 2017
The world’s leading festival for the open Internet movement.
More information and registration here.


Digiday Video Anywhere
November 1–3, 2017
Laguna Niguel, CA
This Digiday summit will explore how publishers are tackling emerging challenges in digital video production and how to build business models that don’t just capture viewership, but also revenue.
More information and registration here.

News XChange:
November 15–16, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands
The two-day conference brings together hundreds of media executives from all around the world. The conference features prominent guest speakers and panel discussions that explore the biggest challenges currently facing journalism.
More information and registration here.

Global Investigative Journalism Conference
Nov. 16-19, 2017
GIJC17 will take your stories to the world and put global resources at your fingertips, with Pulitzer winners, digital detectives and top data journalism trainers.
More information and registration here.

Bianca Fortis is the associate editor at MediaShift, an independent journalist and social media consultant. She is a founding member of the Transborder Media storytelling collective. Follow her on Twitter @biancafortis.

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Webinar: Finding Reviewers With Dimensions



When selecting new reviewers and experts to assess the potential of funding applications, it can be difficult to gain a comprehensive understanding of the vast number of potential experts available. Often, you return to the same well of researchers that you’ve been using for years. When using ÜberResearch’s Dimensions for Funders, you can seamlessly navigate across millions of expert profiles that are precisely matched to applications allowing you to effectively identify new, qualified reviewers.

The Dimensions Reviewer Finder tool supports the review process through the ability to build committees, manage bulk assignments, find reviewers for niche areas, and screen for conflicts of interest.

In addition to finding reviewers, NIH, Nature publishing, and hundreds of organizations around the world also use Dimensions to identify experts for:

  • Applicants to target for RFAs/RFPs
  • Potential collaborators for their applicants and grantees
  • Conference speakers and panelists
  • Co-funding opportunities
  • New scientific advisory board members

The Finding Reviewers with Dimensions webinar will address these topics and is geared towards CSOs, VPs of research, program officers, and grant operations staff.


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Digital Science Webinar: Science in the Cloud

As part of a continuing series, on Thursday 25th May we hosted a Digital Science thought leadership webinar discussing the trends in cloud-based computing and the importance of failure in innovation and how this can lead to great science. We discussed the benefits of investing in cloud-based applications and infrastructure and also what industry leaders like Amazon and CERN and planning on developing over the next five years.

Our speakers included:

  • Host: Laura Wheeler – Head of Digital Communications, Digital Science
  • Steve Scott – Director of Portfolio Development, Digital Science
  • Brendan Bouffler, Global Manager, Amazon Web Services Research Cloud Program
  • Tim Bell, Group leader of the Computer and Monitoring group within the IT department, CERN
  • Dan Valen, Product Manager, Figshare

Laura Wheeler (@laurawheelers) kicked off by giving a brief overview of the esteemed panel and their backgrounds before handing over to Steve Scott, our first speaker. Steve started the webinar by providing an overview of the cloud and its various applications drawing on a rather tasty metaphor – making a pizza!

After walking the audience through the cloud-based infrastructures, Steve reflected on an important point: Researchers now require a vastly different set of skills than what once was required.

“Researchers of the past were not necessarily associated with the finer details of IT procurement – it wasn’t a hot topic for them. That’s changing. Scientists must now navigate the landscape of digital information management…One of the challenges for the cloud services is about training for researchers.”

Steve elaborated  with some important points:

  • Physical hardware is on the way out! It takes a huge amount of time to install and can become redundant and out of date very quickly – with cloud-based services you rent the hardware and the deployment of services can be instantaneous.
  • Storing large amounts of data is a challenge. A USB can be lost or become corrupted easily. Lab notes that were taken in notebooks are perishable.

Quote from a lab at a national institute:

“We discovered a promising new way to run a major experiment we carried out seven years ago and needed to find the original datasets used. No-one could!”

Steve finished his presentation by talking about the collaborative nature of the cloud. Teams from across the globe are able to work on datasets easily and efficiently in real time!

Next up, we had Brendan”Boof” Bouffler, Global Manager at Amazon Web Services Research Cloud Program who started with a funny anecdote about Jeff Bezos and the origins of Amazon.

“I think that when Jeff Bezos set the company up he may not have expected to have a research computing team inside the company but he got one! We actually got there because we discovered that in order to do this stuff [Amazon’s online shopping] we had to get very good at building big data centres. When you build big data centres, you start to find out what you can do with them…My team’s task is to make this crazy business applicable to the scientists and to the community.”

Brendan then talked about the fundamental steps in the scientific method and how the tools he helps create amplify these processes allowing scientists to work better and more efficiently, asking more questions and getting quicker responses. It’s also important to mention that scientists hoping to process data are able to do so on a number of different platforms. If one doesn’t work, try another!


Image: Brendan Bouffler

Just like in all endeavors – failure is a chance to learn. Every time you carry out the scientific method, you get closer to finding out how the universe works.

Brendan referenced the pace at which technologies progress and how he envisages computing to be a commodity that one can use when they want, only paying for their usage time. Imagine a world, Brendan says, where every time we required electricity to power our electronics we had to spin up a generator out in our back gardens – apply this same logic to computing! Brendan spent the rest of his presentation commenting on what his team are focused on doing now and in the future. He also ran through the AWS platform. The possibilities that cloud computing offer industries like medicine are endless – it’s changing the way we cure disease!

Image: Brendan Bouffler

Brendan closed his presentation by pointing to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Researcher’s Handbook he has helped create. The AWS Research Cloud Program helps you focus on science, not servers! Join the AWS Research Cloud Program and download the handbook here.

Next up, we had Tim Bell, Group leader of the Computer and Monitoring group within the IT department at CERN who walked us through CERN’s current cloud computing uses and its plans for the future.

But before that, Tim introduced The Large Hadron Collider!

Image Credit: Tim Bell

“Over the space of the past five years, we’ve been deploying a private cloud that allows the physicists to become familiar with the use of cloud technologies, and to be using those technologies in order to be driving their workloads through software rather that having people running around the computer centre with cables!”

Tim stated that it is very important that computing power keeps up with what the physics requires. He then ran through all the ways in which CERN is working toward commercial opportunities partnering with other cloud-based services like Google and Amazon.

Image Credit: Tim Bell

It’s not just about infrastructure though. Tim mentioned the software service solutions running on top of the CERN cloud. For example, the online repository Zenodo that was created to help researchers based at institutions of all sizes to share results in a wide variety of formats across all fields of science. Tim also mentioned the CERN Open Data Portal where anyone can access LHC curated data and become a physicist for a day! A useful tool that schools are using to teach pupils how professional scientists work.

Tim then talked about the challenges facing CERN today:

  • Purchasing cloud resources through public procurement is very hard.
  • Cost models where access to a data set had a cost on it.
  • Data-intensive science.
  • Skills combination is changing over time. We now need contract managers, rather than employees, who change the disks and install the machines.
  • Security.
  • Scale – finding methods that CERN can be scaling.

Our final speaker was Dan Valen, Product Manager at Figshare who focused his presentation on why Figshare chose to be a cloud-based platform and why they chose AWS to be their cloud-based platform.

“Dealing with different file types has always been a challenge at Figshare. Taking on the tasks of handling large file uploads – specifically now that we can handle file uploads of up to five terabytes. To then build file previews to visualize them in the browser and ingest and expose the different files and metadata requires a solid infrastructure.”

Dan went on to list the important reasons why cloud-based data is vitally important to everyone from librarians and scientists to publishers and university administrators by drawing on a list of data storage horror stories.

word cloud

There’s a real danger of storing items locally and not having a data preservation and archiving policy in place. Dan went on to state the key benefits of cloud-hosted services, one being predictable cost over time and another being low maintenance. Fundamentally, the most important benefit, however, is excellent security. AWS are able to offer the same types of security they offer to some of the world’s most data-sensitive organizations! The rest of Dan’s presentation was aimed at running through Figshare’s infrastructure and its storage workflows.

The webinar ended with a lively Q&A debate spearheaded by Laura Wheeler; great questions invoked great responses! Using #DSwebinar, our audience was able to interact with our panel throwing their opinions into the mix. If you feel you still have something to say – we’re all ears! Tweet us @digitalsci using #DSwebinar.

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SSP Striking a Balance: Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition in Scholarly Communications



The Society for Scholarly Publishing promotes and advances communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination and events. May 31st marks its 39th annual meeting to be held in Boston, Massachusetts.

This year’s theme, Striking Balance: Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition in Scholarly Communications, will focus on the challenges faced by scholarly publishing. Globalization and advancing technologies are disrupting the industry in different ways – only those willing to adapt are able to capitalise on new opportunities and find new frontiers. But, it is important to appreciate the core values developed over many years in scientific and academic publishing. This year, in Boston, publishers, academics, librarians and vendors will come together to debate and discuss how to utilize new technologies and opportunities to create innovative business models while remaining true to their core values and continuing to distribute quality scholarly content.

When: May 31 – June 2, 2017

Where: Westin Boston Waterfront
Boston, Massachusetts

Digital Science has staff attending from many of our portfolio companies –  Overleaf Cofounder John Hammersley and Digital Science’s Director of Publishing Innovation Phill Jones are speaking at various events. Details can be found below:

John hammer

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

John Hammersley

Seminar 4: Innovation in Scholarly Book Publishing: What Have We Achieved and What More is Needed?

12:30pm to 3:30pm

This seminar will provide an update on recent innovations in scholarly book publishing, and a look ahead to future developments through a combination of lightning talks, presentations, and small group activities.

Speakers will provide an overview of the current structure in scholarly book publishing and new author tools and services; discuss open access as a business model for books and will identify opportunities to improve recognition for peer review of books and examine some new approaches to increasing discoverability and usage. Participants will then work in groups to predict what the academic book of future will look like and how it will be used. The seminar will end with a presentation by Alex Humphreys of JSTOR on Reimagining the Monograph.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

Phill Jones

Sponsored Session: Jack Farrell & Assoc: Let’s Talk About the Job Market: Hiring Practices, Early Career Professionals, and Promoting Diversity

2:30pm to 3:15pm

Phill Jones will comment on his experiences of bringing in and nurturing new talent in the scholarly communications industry. Phill and a selection of other speakers will also discuss how they make hiring decisions, how they develop and influence early career professionals, and how to make more diverse and inclusive hires.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Concurrent 2A: Walking with Giants: How the Changing Role of Publishers is Shaping New Agendas for University and Society Presses

Altmetric’s Director of Business Development Sarah Rouhi will be moderating this session.

The role of the publisher in the scholarly ecosystem is changing rapidly, from a venue to streamline publication to a one-stop shop for researchers who want to advance in their field. In this session, we’ll hear case studies from several organizations who have taken up this challenge, and from librarians who work with them. Participants will share insights into how the changes they are making align with their strategic goals and values, and well then invite the audience to discuss the challenges they are facing. Speakers will pose some statements and suggested opportunities for development which attendees will be invited to respond to.

2:00pm to 3:30pm

mike taylorMike Taylor

Concurrent 2D: Defining Impact: Views from Across the Research Ecosystem

Definitions of impact in the research ecosystem are complex and multi-faceted. What are important signals of impact? How do organizations surface these signals? Which metrics matter when defining success for researchers, publishers, and other organizations across the research ecosystem? This panel will explore new opportunities to increase visibility, discoverability, and the impact of research.

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Friday, June 2, 2017

Betsy Donohue 

Plenary: Previews Session – New and Noteworthy Product Presentations

9:00am to 10:30am

The Previews Session is designed to offer attendees the chance to hear and learn about the newest and most innovative products, platforms, and/or content affecting our industry. Speakers will be organized in a lightning round format with each organization allotted 5 minute, back-to-back presentations.

Phill Jones

Closing Plenary: Dessert Course: A Debate with the Scholarly Kitchen Chefs

Phill and the Scholarly Kitchen Chefs will come together to have a wide-ranging discussion picking up on the themes presented throughout this year’s annual meeting and looking to the future and the changing roles of publishers, libraries, and research societies.

3:30pm to 4:45pm

If you would like to meet our team then come to BOOTH NUMBER #103.

Digital Science and the SSP Mentorship Program 

The SSP Mentorship Program is designed to provide an opportunity for professionals at all career levels to develop new relationships, share experiences, and learn from others outside their organizations by connecting with a mentor. It provides an excellent opportunity for experienced publishing professionals to pass on the torch and usher in the new generation of scholarly professionals. Mentors and mentees apply online to become part of the program. Each mentorship cohort will last 5 months with two mentorship cohorts offered in each 12 month period.

Adrian Stanley, our Vice President of Publisher Business Development and the new president-elect of SSP, will be meeting with the new mentees at SSP. Phill Jones and Altmetric’s Sara Rouhi are also mentors to the new group of the SSP Fellowship winners. Adrian commented on the SSP mentorship program:

 “I’m very much looking forward to meeting all the new and old SSP Fellows, and the new mentees recently accepted into the SSP Mentoring Pilot. Most importantly, I’d like to personally thank all those dedicated and experienced members who have signed up to be mentors and who will help support our evolving and diverse community.”

Digital Science is looking forward to meeting all of you at SSP’s annual meeting and if you’ve never attended SSP, watch this video to get a taste of what is to come!

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Digital Science to Support SciGraph Hack Day London: Linked Open Data in Action

Register Here

Digital Science is sponsoring the Springer Nature SciGraph Hack Day “Linked Open Data in Action” in London on June 23rd 2017.

Get ready to build cool things with other researchers, developers and the Springer Nature staff. Meet and collaborate with data lovers from around the globe, using Springer Nature SciGraph Linked Open Data (LOD) set to develop interesting solutions to a variety of different challenges. Participation is free of charge, but the experience you gain will be priceless!

Some suggestions of what do to with Springer Nature LOD:

Image Credit: Springer Nature

  • Data Visualization
  • Information Retrieval
  • Linked Data Browsing
  • Predictive Analytics

The registration deadline is June 16th.

What can you expect from the Hack Day?

  • Engage with the Linked Data Researcher Community
  • Meet and connect with Springer Nature staff who also love hacking as much as you do
  • Provide us with first-hand feedback from potential users of our data
  • Explore Springer Nature’s SciGraph data sets and develop cool new tools in small groups
  • Bring together developers from different countries and with different backgrounds

Date: Friday, June 23rd 2017 from 9 am – 6 pm

Venue: The Stables Auditorium, 2 Trematon Walk, London N1 9FN, UK

Lunch, drinks and a free wifi will be provided. Feel free to email your ideas for themes and challenges you think would work well at the event at scigraph@springernature.com.

What is Springer Nature SciGraph?

Springer Nature SciGraph collates information from across the research landscape, such as funders, research projects and grants, conferences, affiliations, and publications. Currently the knowledge graph contains 155 million facts (triples) about objects of interest to the scholarly domain. Additional data, such as citations, patents, clinical trials, and usage numbers will follow in stages, so that by the end of 2017 Springer Nature SciGraph will grow to more than one billion triples. The vast majority of these datasets will be freely accessible and provided in a way to enable experts to analyze downloaded datasets using their own machines, or via exploration tools on the Springer Nature SciGraph website which is being continuously enhanced.

Register Here

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SpotOn London Is Back: Save the Date! Saturday 18th November #SpotOn17

The Francis Crick Institute – the home for this year’s SpotOn London

It’s a pleasure to announce that SpotOn London is back, and this time will be held at The Francis Crick Institute in London on the 18th November – save the date!

The Francis Crick Institute is an interdisciplinary medical research institute that formed in 2015. It wasn’t until 2016 that they moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in central London bringing together 1,500 scientists, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

What is SpotOn London?

SpotOn London is a dynamic, highly interactive meeting of researchers, science communicators, technologists, and those interested in science policy, outreach and tools. We are certainly hoping to repeat the success of last year’s SpotOn London where we saw 130 attendees at the Wellcome Collection gather for a day of discussions around the future of peer review.

Attended by active researchers, publishers, technology enthusiasts, science start-ups, policymakers and funders, the day was jam-packed. With a total of ten sessions divided into two strands, including panel sessions, working groups and performances – one highlight was our keynote delivered by Ivan Oransky from Retraction Watch.

We also received overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees, trended on Twitter in London, and as a result of the conference a report was created titled: What might peer review look like in 2030?

To whet your appetite for this year’s conference, you can see recordings of all the sessions here.

Organised by BioMed Central, Nature Research and Digital Science,  this year’s conference theme will be announced soon, as well as when tickets will be released, so stay tuned. In the meantime, if you would like to join our advisory group, please do get in touch via spoton@biomedcentral.com. You can also follow @SpotOnLondon on Twitter for up and coming news.



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Innovation and distributed technology today will transform the future of research

Session for Innovators at SSP – Beyond the platform

At the annual meeting of the Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP) in Boston, Bert Carelli will bring together several leaders of new technology companies that embrace innovation to solve diverse problems in research communications in a panel discussion titled “Breaking Free of the Platform” (Concurrent Session 1F, Thursday, June).

SSP brings together publishers, librarians, technologists, and researchers to discuss new technologies, business models, and partnerships in the context of creating and distributing quality scholarly research and content. This year’s theme is “Striking a Balance: Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition in Scholarly Communications.”

Embracing change has been a requirement for success in the* *scholarly and research communications sector since the “Information Age” arrived with the 1980s. Today, integrated and distributed technologies can improve workflows from research management to dissemination. Inter-operability across open and proprietary platforms will drive change faster than the transition from print to online over the past three decades.

Our panelists are committed to advancing new publishing and business models that transform the way scientists communicate and discover research. At the same time, they place high value in the scholarly record and its place in the tradition of discourse to advance human knowledge and discovery. Their organizations deliver new technologies to change how scholarly information is published, discovered, disseminated, shared, and used.

These innovators will address the problems they are solving across research workflows. As leaders, they will share their experience of developing teams that are asked to find better approaches and new solutions daily – as a creative process and to advance business goals. Panelists will offer insights to those who seek to lead change in a sector that also values tradition, reflecting on how changes in technology and process also change the way people view their own roles in scholarly publishing.

Center for Open Science is a non-profit organization with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scholarly research. Promoting these practices within the research, funding, and publishing communities accelerates scientific progress. The Open Science Framework (OSF) is an open source software project that facilitates open collaboration in science research.

Collaborative Knowledge Foundation offers open source solutions in scholarly knowledge production that foster collaboration, integrity and speed and helps researchers manage and archive their research, privately or publicly, with modular software tools and workflows. Their goal is to offer researchers ways to collaborate and build on each others’ work without throwing out more traditional forms of assessing, editing and improving the work.

eLife is a non-profit publisher of life sciences and biomedicine research. While adhering to the highest standards in open access publications, eLife is transforming the way scientists communicate their research.

Hypothes.is offers open source software to enable readers, authors, and editors to annotate and view contextual comments on any web-accessible content. Their mission is to support conversation and collaboration about the world’s knowledge.

Science.ai is breaking barriers to entry for researchers who want to start their own journal with new pricing models and modular solutions for all aspects of the article publication process. They support ‘start-up’ journals from concept to sustainable funded publication. Scholarly societies and established publishers seeking to update their publishing pipeline and user experience also benefit from the modular platform

TrendMD is a discovery engine for scholarly research. The TrendMD article recommendation widget increases awareness of recommended research articles across its network of world-leading peer-reviewed journals, professional blogs, and publications that are read by millions of researchers and professionals every day.

While publishing companies have traditionally supported investment in research communications technology, these organizations have attracted the interest of major funders as well as angel and venture capital investors. These innovative organizations include foundations that have a long-term commitment to research and dissemination including: Arnold, Sloan, Moore, Helmsley, Hewlett, Shuttleworth, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Institute, National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust.

These funders are embracing change and innovation to increase accessibility to research and foster open, reliable, and rigorous scientific research for the next generation of researchers who will make their mark on the scientific record in nontraditional and unpredictable ways in the next 30 years.

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