The NISO Plus conference is a continuation of the NFAIS Annual Conference, but in a new and exciting form.  Taking the 60+ year history of the NFAIS Annual conference and expanding it to contain even more of the information professions, the NISO Plus Conference is a place where publishers, vendors, librarians, archivists, product managers, metadata specialists, electronic resource managers, and many more, come together.  This year’s event will run online from 22-25 February.

Digital Science is extremely proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the 2021 NISO Plus Scholarship scheme. This enables participation by a cohort of 12-15 information professionals from groups that are otherwise under or unrepresented, both at the conference and in the community. Building on the success of the first cohort of scholarship winners from 2020, this year’s winners will have the opportunity to join NISO committees, meet with staff and Board members, benefit from mentorship and training, as well as network with each other.  The 2021 winners have now been announced and you can find out more in this blog post.

We are also contributing to some of the sessions during the event and speakers from Digital Science will be taking part in the following:

Monday 22 February @ 12noon – 1.15pm EST
Title: Linked Data and the Future of Information Sharing
Christian Herzog, CEO, Dimensions/Digital Science, will be sharing his views on the current state of play with linked data in the information community, and what he predicts the future will bring.  More details here.



Tuesday 23 February @ 9.30am EST
Title: Privacy – Global Perspectives
Judy Bai, Director of Business Development, Shanghai, Digital Science, will be presenting  A look at China’s draft Personal Information Protection Law.  With measures to ensure privacy getting prioritized worldwide, many countries have framed relevant laws and regulations on personal information protection. On October 21, 2020, China released its draft Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) for public consultation.  When the draft PIPL gets passed, it’ll be China’s central and universal governing law on protecting personal information. While no definitive timeline has been set for the final law, we discuss some of the key features of this important piece of draft legislation and how businesses (based in China and those engaged in commercial interactions with people living in China) should prepare ahead to ensure data privacy compliance.  More details here.



Look out for details of the fun social event that is being sponsored by Figshare (part of the Digital Science family).  It takes place on Monday 22 February between 6.30-7.45pm EST.