Christopher Kenneally, Marketing Director, Copyright Clearance Center moderated this session and said that innovation is what everybody is thinking about but nobody has done. This session featured 8 minute presentations from 4 companies, as follows.
1) The Covid-19 Pandemic was Hiding in Plain Sight: the vital need to tame wild content and not just in gray times
Presenters: Toby Green, Coherent Digital; Christian Y. Dupont, Coherent Digital
We should have been prepared. In the years leading up to 2020, experts met, modeled and planned for pandemics like Covid-19 and posted their reports, findings and recommendations on NGO and research group websites in an attempt to gain attention. If you dig into special collections you’ll find more valuable lessons and advice, painstakingly prepared by the experts who fought earlier pandemics like Spanish flu in 1918-1919. But this vital, gray, literature languishes in the ‘wild’, poorly (if at all) cataloged. It’s hard-to-find and at risk from being lost to link and actual rot. To cap it all, the measures taken to fight today’s pandemic have made the lessons of 100 years ago inaccessible because libraries are closed. What’s needed is a system that can tame wild, gray, content to make it as readily and as easily discoverable and useful as formally published material. Then today’s experts and students can use past lessons to meet present challenges and prepare for the future. In this talk we describe how the lessons of digital transformation can be applied to the challenge of taming wild, gray, content whether born-digital or needing to be re-born in digital form. How AI-powered automation combined with the power of the crowd and the cloud can create an affordable, simple and open process that will tame wild content and make it useful. So that in the 21st century no content can again hide in plain sight.
Event 201 held in fall 2019 looked at what would happen if there was a pandemic. Catalog systems, citation systems, etc. look at tame things. Policy content is open, but there are no persistent identifiers and no standardized metadata, so the content is difficult to mine because it is outside normal delivery systems. Publishers of policy content tend to disappear, and there is no CLOCKSS for them. Even active ones have lots of link rot–~8%/year, or broken links. They don’t have any idea of metadata. Taming wild policy content (aka “fugitive literature” or “grey literature”) matters.
2) E-Book Metadata: An Ongoing Journey to Harmonize Stakeholder Sharing and Communications
Presenter: Nettie Lagace, Associate Executive Director, NISO
E-Books have been available in libraries for a long time, and like most electronic products, are still evolving as technology and as cultural artifacts. Likewise, metadata associated with these e-books is also evolving: in format, transmission, and applications. NISO formed a Working Group on E-book Bibliographic Metadata Requirements in the Sale, Publication, Discovery, Delivery, and Preservation Supply Chain, which worked for several years to study the workflows and requirements of producers and users of e-book metadata. The group included representatives from publishers, retailers, libraries, service providers, and preservation agencies and has created one of the newest NISO Recommended Practices, which promotes shared understanding and ongoing communication about the most fundamental e-book metadata elements among all the different types of stakeholders. This recommended practice provides a guide to creating and using e-book metadata as consistently as possible across the different types of stakeholders, who must also adhere to the existing standards and communities of practice applicable to them. This presentation will present the Recommended Practice contents at a high level and describe the functions that the recommendations will support.
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3) Underline Science, Inc.
Presenter: Sol Rosenburg, Chief Content Officer
We are the world’s first repository platform for cutting-edge scientific lectures, research, discussion and conference live-streaming and are now introducing an online video platform custom built for scientific and academic events. We are the first repository for scientific conference video. We aggregate and host conference content in both a live and virtual environment, allowing presenters to reach new global audiences while also providing white glove services that give conference attendees the ability to watch any content they might have missed. We are enriching lectures with transcriptions, real-time language translations, DOI numbers, MARC records, slides, and PowerPoint presentations.
We love our libraries. There has been a shift in behavior in last few years. Video is the new publishing. A repository for scientific videos is what librarians want. Underline does all the work of organizing conferences, running everything, There is no limit to the number of technical sessions that can be held. Online conferences can compress time because people don’t want to sit as long as they must in on-site sessions.
4) Molecular Connections
Presenter: Jignesh Bhate, CEO, Molecular Connections Ltd.
Search and discovery are paramount in the scholarly research world. If the research community cannot find your content then it cannot be cited. The Molecular Connections Discovery Score will show you where you can greatly improve your search and discovery.
Consumption of content has seen a radical shift: communities are now focusing on web discovery. Discoverability is the quality of being able to be discovered or found. Functions of discoverability include: a content reach index, content clustering and topic modeling, usability and search index, adaptive index, traversal index (how many clicks are needed, rendering time, etc.). Here are some myths about discovery.
Presenter: Leslie McIntosh
Ripeta is a credit review system for scientific publications, similar to a financial credit report which reviews the fiscal health of a person. Ripeta assesses the responsible reporting of the scientific paper. The Ripeta system identifies and extracts the key components of research reporting, thus drastically shortening and improving the publication process; furthermore, Ripeta’s ability to extract data makes these pieces of text easily discoverable for future use.
Ripeta checks the quality of the science described in an article by using indicators such as author identifiers, the study objective, data availability, code sharing ethical approval, and the funding source. . Two products are available: quality review of papers, and a report of a portfolio of publishers. :Here is an example of an analysis report.
Don Hawkins blogs about conferences for Information Today and Against The Grain (ATG) and writes about conferences in his ATG column “Don’s Conference Notes”. 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.