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Daniel Hook, Digital Science’s Managing Director, is Participating in a Session at APE 2016

19th January 2016
By Katy Alexander

DWHOur Managing Director, Daniel Hook, is participating in a session at APE 2016, which has the theme of

“The Digital Agenda: The Road Ahead for Scholarly Communication”.

APE conferences aim at a better understanding of scholarly communication and the role of information in science, education and society. They encourage the debate about the future of value-added scientific publishing, information dissemination and access to scientific results and offer an independent forum for ‘open minds’. APE 2016’s goal is to show the way ahead in a collaborative effort involving all stakeholders.

Attendees include representatives from a great variety of stakeholders, including academic, educational, scientific, technological, medical, legal and professional publishers, university presses, researchers, authors, editors, librarians, teachers, learned and professional societies and associations, funding agencies, politicians and policy makers, subscription agencies and booksellers, recruiting agencies and technology providers

The session Daniel is involved in will take place on Day 1 (that’s today) of the conference, from 2pm to 3:30pm, and it is titled Wanted – an Infrastructure for Scholarly Communication”

The other speakers are Ginny Hendricks, Director of Member and Community Outreach, CrossRef, Lynnfield, MA, Klaus Zinoecker, Strategy & Data Analysis, FWF Der Wissenschaftsfonds, Wien, Alicia Wise, Director of Access and Policy, Elsevier, Oxford and Matthias Razum, Head E-Science, FIZ Karlsruhe, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen.

The blurb for Daniel’s session is as follows.

“Continuing growth in research outputs along with an increasingly complex scholarly communications ecosystem requires the support of a trusted, sustainable, and interoperable infrastructure. This requirement has brought the publishing community together to work with other stakeholders to add value by conceiving, creating, and implementing standards and persistent identifiers such as CrossRef, ORCID, Fundref and others.  Funders and research institutions – who together with publishers provide financial and other support for these sorts of initiatives – are increasingly aware of the value of these services, which improve discoverability and reduce reporting burdens. However, many researchers – those the scholarly publishing infrastructure is intended to support – are largely or entirely unaware of this infrastructure and the critical role they play in its definition and implementation.  What they see instead is a growing mountain of paperwork.

How can the scholarly community collaborate to demonstrate to ensure that researchers are aware of these innovations and of the benefits they deliver for them as well as for their organizations? This session brings together representatives from across the community to review progress and answer this question.”

You can follow the discussion on Twitter via the #APE2016 hashtag and his slides will be available on Figshare afterwards.

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