The Charleston Premiers, a highlight of the conference, are 5 minute presentations in which vendors and publishers have the opportunity to describe their new products and systems. This year’s Premiers session was moderated by Trey Shelton, E-Resources Librarian, University of Florida, Smathers Libraries.
- Shelly Miller, Sales & Academic Outreach Manager, Overleaf: Overleaf is serving users, publishers, and societies. New cloud-based solutions alleviate scholarly communication workflows. Writers and collaborators can make quick edits and comments. Publishers and societies can provide their writers with a simplified ecosystem. Authors can see what their final paper will look like as they type. Once authors are finished writing, they click a submit button and the paper is sent to the publisher. There is no need to install anything; Overleaf works in the cloud and is based on LaTex. It has experienced incredible growth in the market.
- Colleen Hunter, Channel partner manager at Yewno, noted that the volume of data today is enormous. When you do not know what you are looking for, finding information is very difficult. Yewno provides context and saves users from navigating an ocean of information by providing a different perspective on it, then applies machine learning, and computational linguistics to generate a research map of connections between concepts. Engagement with the information is thus enhanced. Users discover information not possible with keyword searching. It is also integrated into existing library search tools. So far, Yewno has ingested about 52 million documents. It is completely algorithm-based.
- Justin Spence, PSI, Ltd, noted that IP address data governs access to the vast majority of library content. Poor IP address data has significant implications and takes lots of work to clean up. PSI has worked with over 170 publishers and hundreds of libraries to develop a registry of vetted IP address data and naming for instutions around the globe. It has over 60,000 institutions and over 5 billion addresses.
- Wendy Queen, Director of Project MUSE, said it started more than 20 years ago. Here is its status today. MUSE Open is a 2 year initiative. The approach is agile; they are teaming to produce a corpus of work called Black Press in America. It is not about repurposing content among platforms but innovations at the first steps of creation to take advantage of a linked data environment.
- Michael DiSAnto, Springer Nature: Nano is a research platform for nanoscience and nanotechnology. It is growing as a multipurpose technology with applications in many sectors of the global economy. Government and industry invest over $3 billion a year in nano development. Much data is scattered throughout journals and patents which require classification, indexing, and curation for superior insights. SpringerNature therefore created Nano with data from high impact journals and patents. The information is manually curated and compiled into more than 200,000 profiles that are updated weekly. It has smart search tools and filter options to deliver fast and precise results. Nano science can therefore e explored from a new perspective.
- Adam Chesler, AIP Publishing: eSpectra: Surface Science Spectroscopy (see journals.aip.org): The problem is that Surface Science Spectroscopy has no text, just data. It can be made useful by creating a visualization tool to find the data, allowing a researcher to type a compound and find data on it. Users can also upload their own data to compare with work done in the past, then plot and compare the data automatically to visualize the data which becomes a teaching and learning tool. Early feedback has been very positive.
- Kalle Covert, McGraw Hill Education: DataVis is a tool to visualize material properties across materials in a data set. One can see materials properties and classifications. Clicking on dots brings up information on the materials. Information can also be viewed in table format. Related content allows users to add data from other sources. There is a library of sample projects for student users.
- Valerie Yaw, JSTOR: Books at JSTOR is a new open access (OA) books model. The number of high quality OA books is growing; they enhance the research experience on JSTOR for students and faculty. Books on JSTOR was launched with 63 titles from 4 university presses; they expect to add titles from other presses and work with major discovery services. Search results on books are integrated with other journal titles. Books will be preserved in Portico.
- James Lingle, Bloomsbury Fashion Central: Several products are cross-searchable on a single platform about fashion. It contains a fashion photography archive. The Berg Fashion Library has links to Fairchild Books and a Fashion Photography Archive covering 1970-2000 and containing 150,000 images at launch, video interviews, learning resources, and other materials.
Don Hawkins blogs about conferences for Information Today and Against The Grain. He also maintains the Conference Calendar on the Information Today website and is the Editor of Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage, published by Information Today in 2013, and Co-Editor of Public Knowledge: Access and Benefits, published by Information Today in 2016. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked in the information industry for over 45 years.