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Monday, April 27


24X7 Talks
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All the Science That’s Fit to Blog: The Shaping and Evolution of Science Bloggers’ Content, Paige Brown Jarreau
Within the last decade, science blogs have had unprecedented influence in opening up science journalism to scientists and non-traditional communicators and exposing a wider audience to the scientific process, from research to publication. And yet our interpretations of how science blogs are enhancing traditional media discussions about science or public engagement with science lack a solid foundation in our understanding of science blog production. The purpose of this research is to investigate the factors including motivations, backgrounds, values, identity work, cultural moorings, learned practices, norms and social media interactions that might shape a science blogger’s content. More than 50 in-depth interviews with a diverse range of science bloggers, along with an international survey of science bloggers, shed light on science blogging practices and rules of content production. This research presentation will highlight my PhD dissertation and professional work in this area.

Open Peer Review, Stephanie Harriman
Peer review by independent experts is vital to ensure the integrity of the published literature and allow readers to make informed decisions. Traditional anonymous peer review is subject to limitations and can be biased. Open peer review goes some way to solving these issues. It involves two levels of openness. Firstly, authors know who peer reviewed their article. Secondly, if the article is published, the reviewers’ reports are posted online alongside the published article. As well as increasing transparency, this has additional benefits - reviewers are able to gain credit for their reviews, editors and reviewers are more accountable for their decisions, reviewers’ competing interests are clear and readers know there was a trustworthy review process. In addition to these direct benefits to readers, authors, reviewers and editors, open peer review also allows reviewers’ reports to be used in much needed training of peer reviewers and research into peer review.

PRE-val: Trust & Transparency in Peer Review, Adam Etkin
PRE (Peer Review Evaluation) was founded to support and strengthen the peer-review process – the cornerstone of scholarly communication – on behalf of researchers, publishers, and libraries.  PRE’s flagship service, PRE-val, verifies for the end user that content has gone through the peer review process and provides information that is vital to assessing the quality of that process.  While it seems the peer review process is constantly under criticism, it is clear that the overwhelming majority of researchers & authors value peer review. By increasing transparency around peer review and what goes into this act of curation each of the primary stakeholders in the scholarly communication chain benefit.

Looking Beyond the Journal, Caroline Herbert
In such a fast-paced world with many demands on our time, effective communication is key. Scientific journals are essential in disseminating the fundamentals of research, but they often prove too technical for anyone outside of the specific field. How can barriers to both access and understanding be reduced whilst retaining the essence of research principles?  Design, media and publishing agency Research Media was set up in 2009 in response to a real need from researchers and research-focussed organisations for support in creating and disseminating research updates, outcomes and impacts to the broadest possible audience.  In this session, we discuss how Research Media is able to communicate complex scientific concepts, skilfully using existing materials to capture the essence of a research project, transforming it into a concise, interesting and practical summary and delivering it to a global audience across a range of free-to-access media.

Using Learning Communities to Overcome Gender Barriers in Science and Technology, Anu A. Gokhale
Science and technology (S&T) fields have tremendous job opportunities and represent some of the highest-earning majors. Despite the fact that women comprise 46 percent of the nation’s workforce, their representation is only about 15 percent in S&T fields. Current research suggests that the perceptions of students play a large role in discouraging women from pursuing S&T majors. The learning communities were designed to demonstrate that the field is not dominated by “geeky” white guys but the fact that women can, and do contribute. The purpose was to humanize S&T fields in the eyes of the students. The study used a scale that measured attitudes toward S&T to evaluate the impact of learning communities. Comparing pretest to posttest factor scores for experimental and control groups, it was found that participating students increased interest in learning about S&T (p < .007), and their acceptance of female participation in S&T (p < .001).

Incentivizing Openness in the Humanities: Are Altmetrics the Key? Stacy Konkiel
You probably know that humanities scholars are less likely to be cited than their peers in the sciences, but did you know they are more likely to have their work shared and discussed online?  This presentation will provide a brief introduction to the research done to date on humanities scholarship and altmetrics. We'll also discuss three ways that altmetrics can incentivize openness for humanities researchers.

Overleaf: Scientific Writing and Publishing in the Age of the Cloud, John Lees-Miller
The 'web was invented by scientists, but scientific writing and publishing somehow got stuck at Web 1.0. Even though science is by nature global and collaborative, we still write papers mainly using single-user tools that run on desktop computers (Word). We then send our files through a slow, frustrating and expensive publishing process that runs on email and clunky, fiddly web forms. Meanwhile, the rest of the world races ahead with modern, integrated, collaborative tools. We can do better.

Overleaf is an online collaborative editor for writing scientific documents, such as papers and theses. It simplifies and accelerates the scientific writing and publishing process by keeping the document in a single central place through its entire lifecycle. The document is stored securely in the cloud, so authors, editors, reviewers and readers can each read, edit or comment on the paper when it is their turn, using only a web browser. Overleaf supports tracked changes, comments, version control and several popular reference managers, and you can now submit directly from Overleaf to over a dozen publishing partners, including PeerJ, Nature Scientific Reports, and F1000Research. More than 200,000 authors from over 2,000 universities across the globe have created in excess of two million documents with Overleaf, and a new Stanford University-wide Overleaf trial has just been launched.

Storytelling and Science: Using Narrative to Connect Researchers with New Audiences, Alexander Brown
As humans we are hardwired for story. Since the beginning of civilization we have passed down meaning to each other through narrative. Yet scholarly communications often overlooks this powerful tool, instead staying confined to rigid formats that are inaccessible to the general public or even researchers in other disciplines. Find out how storytelling can highlight the work of scientists and empower researchers with the tools they need to communicate about their work.

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Alexander Brown

Corporate Communications Manager, Springer
Alex started with Springer in January 2012 and established the company’s first corporate communications/press office in the Americas, where he works to support various businesses through a mix of public relations, special projects and internal communications. Prior to Springer Alex worked at New York Blood Center, home to more than 20 research laboratories and the National Cord Blood Program.  There Alex helped lead a team... Read More →
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Adam Etkin

Managing Director/Founder, PRE (Peer Review Evaluation)
PRE (Peer Review Evaluation) is a suite of services designed to support and strengthen the peer-review process – the cornerstone of scholarly communication – on behalf of researchers, publishers, and libraries. PRE’s flagship service, PRE-val, verifies for the end user that content has gone through the peer review process and provides information that is vital to assessing the quality of that process.
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Anu A. Gokhale

Dr. Anu A. Gokhale has completed twenty years of university teaching and is currently a professor and coordinator of the computer systems technology program at Illinois State University. She is Associate Director of the Center for Applied Information Sciences and Technology. Originally from India, she has a master’s degree in physics‒electronics from the College of William & Mary, and a doctorate from Iowa State University. Dr... Read More →
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Stephanie Harriman

Medical Editor, BioMed Central
Stephanie is Medical Editor at BioMed Central. She has a degree in Medicine from Brighton and Sussex Medical School. After graduating, she worked in hospital clinical practice before joining BioMed Central in 2010 as Deputy Medical Editor. In her current role as Medical Editor, Stephanie advises on publication ethics and best practice in peer review across all medical titles published by BioMed Central. Stephanie has a keen interest in developing... Read More →
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Caroline Herbert

Commercial Director, Research Media
Caroline Herbert is a Director of Research Media; a specialist communications agency with a focus on the research and academic sector. | | Research Media was set up in response to a real need from researchers and research-focused organisations for support in creating and disseminating outcomes, updates and impacts to the broadest possible audience. Research Media is a Cordis listed project dissemination partner and Strategic Media... Read More →
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Paige Brown Jarreau

Paige Brown Jarreau is a PhD candidate at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently studies at the intersection of science communication, science journalism and new media. This year, she’s been investigating the practices and norms of science bloggers, and will be presenting her research results at ARCS. Follow her research on Twitter (@FromTheLabBench), using the hashtag #MySciBlog.
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Stacy Konkiel

Research Metric Consultant, Altmetric
Stacy Konkiel is a Research Metrics Consultant at Altmetric, a data science company that helps researchers discover the attention their work receives online. She studies incentives systems in academia, research metrics, and disciplinary attitudes towards the idea of “impact”. Since 2008, she has worked at the intersection of Open Science, research impact metrics, and academic library services with teams at Impactstory, Indiana University... Read More →
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John Lees-Miller

Cofounder, Overleaf
John is cofounder of Overleaf, a London-based startup and social enterprise that builds modern collaborative authoring tools for scientists to help make science faster, more open and more transparent. John created the first version of Overleaf for use in his own lab, and now it serves over 200,000 authors around the world. Before Overleaf, he did a PhD in engineering mathematics on how to operate fleets of driverless cars efficiently... Read More →

Monday April 27, 2015 12:35pm - 1:55pm
Chestnut Room
Tuesday, April 28


24X7 Talks (Data Sharing and Scholarly Impact)
Limited Capacity seats available

Make Data Count, Jennifer Lin
Sharing data is time consuming and researchers need incentives for undertaking the extra work. Metrics for data ("data-level metrics") will provide feedback on data usage, views, and impact that will help encourage researchers to share their data. This demo will showcase our working prototype, which tracks and measures activity surrounding research data. The NSF-funded project is a partnership between PLOS, California Digital Libraries, and DataONE.

Sharing multi-dimensional image data with OMERO, Mike Rossner
Many funding agencies, institutions, and journals now mandate sharing of biomedical research data. Centralized, public databases have been established for various types of structured biomedical data such as gene sequences, but the same is not true for biomedical images due to the size and complexity of the data. Thus individual researchers and/or their institutions are responsible for providing a solution to fulfill sharing mandates for this type of data.

OMERO is an open-source management system for complex image data and its associated metadata. Data in over 130 different native imaging file formats can be imported into the OMERO server and viewed through a variety clients, including web browsers. Files can be exported in an open, standardized format that is supported by many image analysis programs. OMERO’s public application programming interface allows the data and metadata to be accessed by other resources, such as institutional repositories, to facilitate discoverability and analysis.

Prompting Open Access Initiate with Altmetrics: Lesson Learned, Hui Zhang
Oregon State University (OSU) has recently started to provide altmetrics as a measure of scholarly impact for eligible items in its institutional repository called ScholarsArchive. Comparing to other implementations, OSU’ solution is more flexible and requires less maintenance because it is able to extract identifiers (DOI or handle) from item metadata and automatically embed a clickable icon indicating the availability of altmetrics under the statistics pane for qualified items. The proposed presentation will demonstrate technical details of the altmetrics project and compare its approach to similar projects done by other universities. However, the second part of the presentation is probably more engaging to a broader audience because it will not only discuss the difference between altmetrics and bibliometrics, but also debate whether altmetrics are effective in closing the gap of open access evaluation, which is the motivation behind OSU’s altmetrics project. Finally, the presentation will summarize feedbacks from OSU faculty towards altmetrics.

Counting article usage in the Web of Science, Michael Takats
Later this year the Web of Science will introduce a “usage” score as a new article level metric. In this presentation we will discuss how we are filtering and tracking activity within Web of Science to count meaningful usage by researchers as a potential indicator of an article’s importance.

Capturing, Curating and Disseminating Active Data, Dan Valen
Financial, social, and ethical pressures are increasingly requiring grantees to make their research results available and accessible in order to validate findings and spur scientific discovery. With the rise of open access across academia, the policies around open data are reigniting the conversation on what universities can do to collect and disseminate the assets generated at their institution. Enter, figshare for institutions.

figshare is an open science platform that aims to capture and disseminate the long tail of research outputs (data) to the benefit of the knowledge-based community. This 24/7 talk will touch on the hurdles institutions face in improving research data management and achieving open data policy compliance while also highlighting some of the solutions available for working more efficiently with data.

Tell the Story: Use Modern Metrics to Discover the Hidden Stories of Your Research, Andrea Michalek

The ways people interact with research is rapidly changing providing new opportunities to understand how researchers and the community are responding to and using research output. Previously, citations were the only mechanism for gauging research impact. Now, modern metrics (aka altmetrics) from Plum Analytics can help uncover the stories about your research. What are people saying? Who is saying it? Is it positive or negative? This session will describe how this works and give examples of customers telling their stories with the help of metrics from Plum Analytics’ metrics dashboard, PlumX.

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Jennifer Lin

Senior Product Manager, Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Jennifer Lin is passionate about open access and its political and social impacts. As a former business consultant with Accenture, she worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as governments to develop and deploy new products and services. Jennifer received her PhD in political philosophy and has served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University. | | In 2014, Jennifer co-authored a paper in PLoS Biology with Carly Strasser on... Read More →
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Andrea Michalek MS

President, Plum Analytics
Andrea Michalek co-founded Plum Analytics, with the vision of bringing more modern ways of telling the stories of research to individuals and organizations that fund, perform or publish research. Previously Andrea founded and was the Chief Technologist of EchoFactor, a spin-off division of Infonautics, that auto-categorized the open web into thousands of topic-based news feeds. In 2001, Andrea founded Topular LLC, a consulting practice where... Read More →
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Mike Rossner

Mike joined Glencoe Software in 2013.  As Data Publication Lead he is responsible for their Data InPress products (https://datainpress.com) and for promoting the use of the OMERO data management engine to manage and share image data.  Mike was the Director of Rockefeller University Press from 2006 to 2013, and he was the Managing Editor of The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB) for 10 years before that.  While at Rockefeller, he... Read More →

Michael Takats

Head of Research Discovery, Web of Science, Thomson Reuters
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Dan Valen

Product Specialist, Figshare
Dan joined figshare in early 2014 as its first US-based employee. As a product specialist, he focuses on the development of figshare in North America through community engagement, marketing and promotion, strategic partnerships, and educational outreach. Dan helps provide a lateral perspective across the research data management landscape in assessing the needs of researchers and institutions alike, while also offering guidance on current... Read More →
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Hui Zhang

Digital Application Librarian, Oregon State University
Primary duties: digital repository, emerging library services, research data management | Interested topcis: new metrics for scholarly impact, open access, institutional repository, and IT for academic libraries.

Tuesday April 28, 2015 1:10pm - 2:05pm


24X7 Talks (Library Innovations & Initiatives)
Beyond the Printed Page: Using an IR as a Platform for Discovery, Interaction, and Integration, Sarah Wipperman

This presentation covers some of the innovative ways members of the Penn community have been using their institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons (http://repository.upenn.edu), to both present and preserve their research. These IR projects provide a more user-based approach to archiving materials than is used in more traditional deposits by allowing users to interact with 3D modules, videos, images, and other embedded materials and by providing online supplements to printed volumes. The materials are additionally presented within the IR in a way that encourages further exploration and discovery of information. These projects show how an IR can both complement traditional publishing yet also provide a stand-alone publishing platform in itself.

Digital Commons Readership Activity Map, Dave Stout

We will present the Digital Commons Readership Activity Map, an almost real-time visualization of full-text downloads across the globe.  Soon after an institution’s scholarship is downloaded from a Digital Commons collection, a pin will drop on the IR’s Readership Activity Map, showing viewers what’s being read in real-time. From Singapore to Salt Lake City, if there are people interested in a collection, there are pins on the map to prove it. We’ve got a live example of the Readership Activity Map for to interact with on the Life Sciences discipline page of the Digital Commons Network: http://network.bepress.com/life-sciences/

The Readership Activity Map validates the investment in the repository initiative by demonstrating the impact of the institution’s research that has been collected and shared by the library. Library directors can finally show their trustees, funders, provosts, deans, and other stakeholders on campus the global reach of the campus research output in real-time.

Small Scholarly Journals: A Growth Area for Repositories? Julie Kelly

Repositories are missing opportunities by not pursuing small scholarly journals. There are thousands, many published by small professional societies. Some are small operations and may not know their options or the benefits of making older issues freely available. Others are more prominent and may decide to allow their current and older content to be put behind pay walls.

Working on a subject repository, AgEcon Search, http://ageconsearch.umn.edu has allowed us to see this situation firsthand. We have 85 journals and a third of those include older material. In some cases we have assisted in digitization process. Each year we turn away journals that approach us but do not fit our subject parameters.

While subject repositories are obvious destinations for small journals, not every subdiscipline has or ever will have one. Institutional repositories could consider approaching journals that represent campus strengths or that have editorial staff on campus.

Prioritizing publishing: Creating a University Press within the Library, Isaac Gilman

The aim if publishing—dissemination of new knowledge—is central to the mission of academic libraries. However, outside of large research institutions, few libraries have committed to publishing as a core service area—it is usually seen as an adjunct or experimental service. At Pacific University, the University Libraries are making that commitment by launching a university press that is intentionally integrated into the work of the library. This involves the inclusion of publishing in the library’s mission and core themes and the reallocation of resources and creation of new workflows in existing units to support the Pacific University Press. Through the Press, the goal of the Libraries is not only to disseminate new knowledge, but to contribute to a more sustainable scholarly ecosystem where the costs of publishing scholarship are more equitably shared across institutions.

404 Error: Discoverability and User Consumption of Open Access Material, Emma Molls

Using the 2015 Library Publishing Directory, I have created a list of OA "campus-based faculty-driven journal" titles and cross-referenced this list with the title contents of the Directory of Open Access journals. This 24x7 presentation will present my findings of gaps within DOAJ and look for answers as to why titles are not found in both directories. Secondly, the original set of OA titles was cross-referenced in ROAD (Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources) to compare the number of matching records. Finally, the list of OA journal titles was also searched within one library's discovery tool to determine the level of discoverability in a non-Google setting for a specific user group. The goal of this presentation is to begin a conversation of where OA materials are indexed, but more importantly, to think more about how users are (or are not) finding the OA material using indexes.

An Exploration of the “Center of Excellence” Model for Information Services, Joy Kirchner & Susan Fliss

A one-year planning grant was awarded by the Mellon Foundation to examine the Centers of Excellence (CoEs) model and determine whether this approach could provide a means to cultivate skills needed to support emerging technologies and new information services. A team of seven librarians investigated more than 100 centers, narrowed our in-depth research to 35 centers that offered a unique service, design, history and/or funding model and then interviewed nineteen Directors of CoEs and staff from seven funding organizations. We will present our surprising findings and our recommendations for a viable concept for leveraging institutional strengths and building cross-institutional expertise more broadly.


Susan Fliss

Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Researc, Harvard University
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Isaac Gilman

Scholarly Communication & Publishing Services Librarian, Pacific University
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Julie Kelly

University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
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Joy Kirchner

Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections, University of Minnesota
Scholarly Communications | Organizational development: new roles
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Emma Molls

Publishing Services Librarian, University of Minnesota
I work with University of Minnesota Libraries to publish scholarly content in an open environment.
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Dave Stout

Director, bepress Digital Commons
institutional showcases (repositories); library publishing services; digital library services and collections; research data and grants; ETD's; scholarly communication; visibility services; engaging campus stakeholders; empowering librarians with meaningful, relevant new services for their communities. http://works.bepress.com/dave_stout/

Sarah Wipperman

Repository Services Manager & Analyst, University of Pennsylvania
Repository Services Manager & Analyst, University of Pennsylvania

Tuesday April 28, 2015 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Crystal Ballroom


24X7 Talks (Open Access and New Scholarly Initiatives)
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Introducing Digital Literary Studies: Building and Sustaining an Open-Access Humanities Publication
James O'Sullivan

Digital Literary Studies is an open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary publication with a focus on those aspects of Digital Humanities primarily concerned with literary studies. Digital Literary Studies publishes scholarly articles on research concerned with computational approaches to literary analysis/criticism, or critical/literary approaches to electronic literature, digital media, and textual resources. This talk will outline how the journal’s editorial and advisory boards are attempting to replicate the success of other open access publications in the field, while building on the range of scholarly forms valid for review.

Introducing the Open Access Network
Rebecca Kennison & Lisa Norberg

This session introduces the Open Access Network (OAN), a bold new model for open access publishing and preservation that offers a scalable, sustainable, and discipline-independent solution that can be applied to the entire scholarly communication ecosystem. Funded by an institutional fee structure based on a student-and-faculty per-capita sliding scale, the OAN model encourages partnerships among scholarly societies, research libraries, and other institutional partners (e.g., collaborative e-archives and university presses) who share a common mission to support the creation, distribution, and preservation of research and scholarship. The OAN model includes a plan to convert traditional subscription publication formats, including society-published journals and books or monographs, to OA; however, the ultimate goal is to present an approach to funding infrastructure for scholarly communication that supports new and evolving forms of research output.

Commons Open Repository Exchange: A Dynamic, Durable Platform for Scholarly Communication, Nicky Agate
Over the past 18 months, the Modern Language Association and Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship in have been working on a prototype of the Commons Open Repository Exchange (CORE). Made possible by an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, CORE combines a library-quality repository for sharing, discovering, retrieving, and archiving digital work with the social networking capabilities of MLA Commons, the organization’s in-development network for scholarly communication, collaboration, and publishing. During this presentation, Nicky Agate, CORE project manager, will present the pilot, which will have launched to MLA members on April 21. She will share what the team learned during this preliminary stage, comment on the limitations and potential of the project as it was originally conceived, and introduce tentative plans for the future of CORE.

Public Access Mandate Leveraging for Communication, Alvin Hutchinson
Smithsonian scholarship is conducted in large part by federal employees. In addition to the obvious copyright exemption this confers, the Smithsonian has agreed to comply with the White House OSTP memorandum on public access to research. Current procedures are being worked out but it is likely that capturing publications upstream--upon manuscript acceptance by publishers--the Smithsonian can also use this data to inform press releases and social media efforts around new Smithsonian scholarship. Alvin Hutchinson, librarian at the Smithsonian will speak about these efforts.

Getting to No: Promoting Scholarly Communications Initiatives, Jimmy Gghaphery
While consensus building is one key to success in higher education, clarity of vision is also essential. In promotion of new initiatives, a startup sales mentality can be especially useful. Valuing a "No" to a focused pitch can help refine future efforts and lead toward an energetic promotion of services. This session will contemplate what aggressive sales techniques might offer those in a position to promote scholarly communications efforts.

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Nicky Agate

Project Manager for Digital Initiatives, Modern Language Association
Modern Language Association
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Alvin Hutchinson

Digital Services Librarian, Smithsonian Institution
Publishing reform. Exposing publication data in various formats (e.g. RDF, JSON), enterprise-wide bibliographic management software. Authorship among federal scientists.
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Rebecca Kennison

Rebecca is one of the two Principals at K|N Consultants. Prior to working full time at K|N, she was the founding director of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, a division of the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, where for nearly 8 years she was responsible for developing programs to facilitate scholarly research and the communication of that research through technology solutions. Rebecca has worked... Read More →
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Lisa Norberg

Principal, K|N Consultants
Open Access Network
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James O'Sullivan

Digital Humanities Research Designer, Penn State University
All the biographical stuff is over at http://josullivan.org

Tuesday April 28, 2015 1:10pm - 2:05pm
Chestnut Room