ATG Conferences, Meetings & Webinars 6/19/18

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Scheduled for Wednesday, July 18 at 2:00pm ET   |   Sponsored and presented by JoVE

Summary:Explore ways academic libraries and librarians can positively improve transparency and reproducibility at their institutions by educating and supporting researchers, students, and the broader communities they serve. Come and learn about available tools and initiatives that can help enhance the quality of science immediately, as well as longer term strategies for leading institutional change around reproducibility.

Melissa Rethlefsen and Ana Patricia Ayala are leading advocates in this sphere and will bring their passion to the session to ensure that you:

  1. Gain familiarity with tools to enhance transparency
  2. Understand how academic libraries can catalyze the conversation around reproducibility at their institutions
  3. Become empowered to share these initiatives among your communities

Introducing the webinar will be JoVE’s vice president of operations Dr. Justin Cherny. He will discuss how the JoVE Video Journal was created to address the frustration of scientists trying to repeat experiments — with only inadequate text articles to guide them.

Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:00 AM

If you were unable to attend the NFAIS Blockchain for Scholarly Publishing Conference, you won’t want to miss this virtual event!  Although those attending in person had the opportunity to network and discuss current projects and challenges with colleagues, you can still learn from and interact virtually with several of the conference presenters at The Best of Blockchain, a three-hour virtual webinar on Thursday, June 21st.

Based on an overwhelming response and requests for virtual participation, NFAIS brings you an encore of the top presenters from the Blockchain for Scholarly Publishing Conference.  You’ll hear from five expert speakers at a fraction of the usual price—three hours of  programming for the cost of a standard 90-minute webinar.  We believe this is content you simply can’t afford to miss out on!

Blockchain technology—known for powering bitcoin and originally introduced as a means of securely managing cryptocurrency—is now quickly moving toward broader adoption and has begun to emerge in other fields, including scholarly publishing.  In this webinar, you’ll hear about practical applications, where the scientific and scholarly publishing community may be headed, as well as arguments for why blockchain may not live up to the hype.”

Digital Book World (DBW), taking place Oct. 2-4 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Music City Center, gathers publishers large and small, traditional and untraditional, and the technology companies which serve all of them.

The event is on pace to triple the previous year’s attendance, while convening more than 70 exhibitors from around the world to showcase the products, services, ecosystems and tools modern publishers need to evolve…

Six breakout tracks — Data Book World, Education Book World, Legal Book World, Production Book World, Marketing Book World and New Media Book World — serve as mini-conferences within each area of publishing expertise. Organizations from Princeton University to Southwest Airlines will discuss their publishing operations, as part of these various tracks.

Walt Mossberg, who will deliver the keynote address, is widely credited with pioneering the modern, consumer-focused technology review and commentary. He is in the process of writing a book, about the combination of breakthrough technology and the people who brought it to us, which will capstone his career. This book will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2019.

Pamela Paul (New York Times Book Review editor) and Karen Wickre (former corporate communications for Google and Twitter) will provide highly-anticipated talks, while pre-conference workshops will cover podcasting, developing Alexa skills, and applications of blockchain in publishing.

Registration for Digital Book World 2018 is available via or directly through DBW 2018’s Eventbrite registration portal. Follow Digital Book World on Twitter: @DigiBookWorld or via #DBW18.”

KnowledgeSpeak reports that “the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) recently held a meeting of open source repository platforms to talk about the implementation of technical recommendations in the COAR Next Generation Repositories Report. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Open Repositories Conference in Bozeman, Montana, and was attended by representatives from several of the open source repository platforms: Dataverse, DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, Invenio, Islandora, and Samvera, as well as members of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group. The discussion focused on two of the technologies/protocols that support many of the behaviours outlined in the report: Resource Sync and Signposting.

The group talked about the use cases related to these two technologies, which include improved discovery of repository content, resource transfer, and notifications. Participants exchanged information about progress implementing these technologies, and discussed some of the technical challenges involved, especially with ResourceSync. It is clear that both additional resources, as well as greater community awareness, would help to increase the speed with which the recommendations can be adopted into repository software platforms.

The group also talked about how to move forward in developing more robust notification systems across repositories, allowing us to build social networking functionalities into a distributed, global network. This scenario requires the use of interoperable hubs that will collect and push notifications to and from the repositories. It was suggested to start with a pilot to test the technologies and begin defining the conceptual model.”

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