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Wednesday, October 16 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Uncertain independence: the greening of open source publishing

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The panel for this session consists of:
  • Catherine Ahearn, content lead at MIT Knowledge Futures Group
  • Andy Byers, lead developer at Janeway
  • Jason Colman, director of Michigan Publishing Services at the University of Michigan
  • Adam Hyde, founder of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko)

In 2018, the MIT Knowledge Futures Group (KFG), together with the MIT Press and the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing at Simon and Fraser University, commissioned an environmental overview of open source scholarly publishing tools and systems, which was funded by the Mellon Foundation. John Maxwell, director of the "Publishing @ SFU" program, lead this research and presented on his teams’ findings in 2019 at both the Library Publishing Forum and the Society for Scholarly Publishing annual conference. At the time this abstract was written, the report itself has not yet been published, but will be made openly available later in 2019 on PubPub (https://www.pubpub.org/), an open-access publishing platform developed within the Knowledge Futures Group.

The aim of this panel, which will take the form of a round-table discussion, is to explore the findings of this report and how they might best be used in order to improve and evolve the landscape of open scholarly publishing tools. The primary purpose of the discussion is to inform future adoption, development and resourcing of tools.

The session will begin with a brief overview of the report’s main findings and then will shift into a discussion between representatives of the platforms and organizations profiled in the report, including PubPub, the Coko Foundation's PubSweet components, Fulcrum and Janeway. There will be a significant amount of time for questions and open-floor discussion. During the panel, we hope to address questions such as:
  • Where are the primary gaps in the landscape?
  • What communities are not being served by existing tools?
  • Where is there overlap between technologies and/or possibilities for interoperability?
  • Where can we set helpful industry standards?
  • What areas are better left to open experimentation?

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Heather Staines

Senior Consultant, Delta Think
Heather Staines is Senior Consultant at Delta Think and Director of Community Engagement for the OA Data Analytics Tool. Her prior roles include Head of Partnerships for Knowledge Futures Group, Director of Business Development at Hypothesis, as well as positions at Proquest, SIPX... Read More →
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Adam Hyde

Founder, Coko Foundation
Adam is a publishing pioneer having founded many methods, technologies, and organizations in this space including Book Sprints (https://www.booksprints.net), Coko (https://coko.foundation), Paged.js (https://www.cabbagetreelabs.org), and the Open Publishing Awards (https://www.openpublishingawards.org... Read More →
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Andy Byers

Senior Tech Developer, Open Library of Humanities
Come and find me if you want to talk about pub tech or consortial funding models!
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Catherine Ahearn

Head of Content, Knowledge Futures Group
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Jason Colman

Director of Publishing Services, Michigan Publishing

Wednesday October 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm BST
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