Trey Gordon, Chair, Acquisitions Department, University of Florida moderated this session as he has done at several previous conferences. It featured the following eight presenters showcasing their new and innovative products:
- Open Access Wayfinder: Federated access requires users to “find their way home” with an organizational identifier. There are multiple stakeholders for publisher’s login pages. Each platform has a unique login experience. Research is difficult, confusing, and frustrating. So some users use other methods of access to information such as Sci-Hub. Wayfinder is a free service that lets users sign into a common interface accessing an organization’s metadata. For further information, click here.
- John Wiley:The Wiley Researcher Academy is an e-learning course to teach researchers about successful research publishing. Career success and grant funding for researchers are highly dependent upon a strong research program and their publication record. Early career and international researchers often struggle to get their work published. The Academy, an interactive, modular, self-paced online course, delivers high quality, competency-based training on research writing and publishing. It is personalized for the learner and has grading in a pedagogically designed learning experience through the 14 learning paths shown here.
Ancillary topics as well as the learning paths and reporting tools for monitoring usage are included. Users can get credentials to put on a LinkedIn page. Using the Academy, researchers can avoid common mistakes in manuscript preparation and submission and become able to promote their published work most effectively.
- Code Ocean: A year of top researchers’ time can be wasted in attempts to reproduce or reuse existing publishing algorithms. Here is the normal process:
Code Ocean takes away the first 6 steps. They are now embedded in existing systems and are adding support for peer review. It is a platform that everyone in an organization can use to collaborate and find what is going on in the organization’s research.
- The History Makers has built the largest African American video history archive to preserve and share the life stories of thousands of African Americans. The information is categorized into 15 subject categories and goes back to the 18th century. Everything in family history is covered. Yale University has created a topic model of the data. The interface to the 148,163 stories in the database works like a Google search. Videos of interviews are also available.
- Third Iron: LibKey provides 21st century content linking for scholarly journals with its one-click PDF linking API. It uses the features of mobile platforms and provides simplicity of searching a print journal, thus enhancing the discovery records in the library’s system with direct access to PDFs. The system requires no maintenance and is easy to set up.
- EBSCO: HoldingsIQ is a new product developed by EBSCO Knowledge Services that provides access to several systems for multiple applications from several vendors. Normally such access requires manual and duplicate efforts. HoldingsIQ supports bi-directional automated updates of holdings data for use across applications and connects to EBSCO’s global knowledge base, vendors, packages and titles through these functions.
Elsevier: Mendeley data for research data management. The reuse of data has never been more important, but there is a reproducibility challenge. FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) need to be part of any data management system. Researchers benefit from publishing datasets as they are viewed more and found in top journal percentiles. Research data management needs a holistic approach. Solutions should integrate with the broader research data management ecosystem via Open APIs. Mendeley data provides these benefits for researchers and institutions.
- PageMajik: Some academic publishing trends in last 10 years: book and journal budgets have decreased; huge volumes of OA content have appeared; and universities are producing huge volumes of unstructured content held on servers. Library-led publishing initiatives are on the increase and now include conference proceedings, journals, or monographs. In addition, libraries have begun to work with university presses. Challenges for libraries include small operating budgets, lack of human resources, and multiple responsibilities, which are stretching library budgets even further. PageMajik introduces machine learning into the workflow and is based on a content management system that is tailored to the needs of publishers and content. creators. It is based on easy to use dashboards and automates many currently manual tasks. Every member of the publishing team can work tobether using an integrated and configurable workflow engine, leading to greater efficiency and an increase in quality, consistency, and speed to publication.
Following the presentations, the audience voted to select the two best systems; the winners were The HistoryMakers and PageMajik.
Don Hawkins blogs about conferences for Information Today and Against The Grain. 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.