Mark Your Calendars for This Leadership Event

Hold the date for this top-tier leadership event!  As its 2021 NFAIS Forethought Strategic Summit, NISO will be hosting Transforming Content through Transformed Systems on June 16-17; registration is now open for this event. This is your opportunity to engage with leaders about the challenges and processes needed when upgrading systems.

Featured speakers include: 

  • John Shaw, CTO, SAGE publishing
  • Lauren Kane, Chief Strategy Officer, Morressier 
  • Cindi Blyberg, Sr Product Manager, Electronic Resources, OCLC
  • Chris Shillum, Executive Director, ORCID
  • Daniel Ayala, CEO and Founder, Secratic
  • Mark Gross, President and CEO, Data Conversion Laboratory 

Historically, scholarly publishing has focused on technology and platforms that primarily supported the handling of text. Such systems were built to facilitate submission, review, editing, formatting, organization, storage, distribution, and discovery. Resources were poured into these systems and they became increasingly sophisticated.

Now, we are seeing the emergence of technology and systems optimized for support of the new content types, formats, and interactions that are of increasing importance and visibility in scholarly communication. Traditional publications are still with us, but users need and expect more.

New systems are required, but those striving to justify and build them face numerous challenges. Transformation requires extensive advance planning and buy-in from a variety of internal stakeholders. And it’s complicated. For example, over time, there may have been home-grown customization —  who remembers now what that code  or its associated metadata looks like? How many schemas might have been brought in at different times? How do you manage — and meet — the needs of multiple stakeholders, internal and external? Collaborative effort is essential even before any new system is introduced.  

In this program, speakers and attendees will explore the challenges from a management perspective as well as from a technology perspective to consider how the information community can develop systems that continue to add value to scholarly communication and success.

Additional details appear on the NISO event page