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Wolters Kluwer and Health Data Management webinar to share insights from healthcare thought leaders on leveraging emerging AI with minimal risk
- 17 Nov 2017

Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Jean-Claude Saghbini, will join industry experts in an examination of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) offerings, helping healthcare executives best assess, acquire and apply cutting-edge solutions as part of their health IT strategies. Hosted by Health Data Management and sponsored by Wolters Kluwer, 'Cutting-edge AI - should you take a chance?' is designed for those with an interest in understanding how to apply AI in healthcare.

The webinar is scheduled for November 21 at 2 pm ET / 1 pm CT / 11 am PT. Interested parties may visit http://pages.marketing.healthdatamanagement.com/20171121_hdm_wolterskluwer_ws_lp.html?source=pressrelease to register for the free webinar.

Presenters include Jean-Claude Saghbini, CTO, Wolters Kluwer Health; David Frumkin, Digital Business Solutions Architect, CDW; Ari Robicsek, Chief Medical Analytics Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health; and moderator Lenny Liebmann, Contributing Editor, SourceMedia.

Niche developers and startup companies are responsible for many of today's innovative new AI applications. Yet despite the potential AI holds for healthcare, being at the early stages of mass adoption can make it difficult to properly assess solutions and vendors. 'Cutting-edge AI - should you take a chance?' assembles thought leaders to offer insights on how to assess the latest AI offerings, and considerations for effectively integrate into workflows, while mitigating risks.

Attendees will learn how to filter offerings by niche AI-based health IT vendors; assess solution capabilities and conduct due diligence; and consider what makes AI successfully integrate in workflows.

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Digital publishers find shared purpose at W3C Publishing Summit
- 14 Nov 2017

Members of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently met for a Publishing Summit, the organisation's first annual meeting since combining forces with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) in February. The two-day conference drew more than 200 participants from around the world, a mix of publishing professionals, librarians, developers, executives, and digital creatives working with a now shared sense of purpose.

The W3C has spent more than 20 years creating global standards for the Web and Web-based technologies. IDPF developed the EPUB format to be the 'universal accessible interchange and delivery ecosystem for eBooks and other digital publications,' a goal that aligned with W3C's mission.

The pressing need for a common standard in digital publishing was made clear during a panel discussion about global eBook adoption. In Japan, the majority of eBooks comply with the EPUB3 format, the most flexible and future-facing iteration of the EPUB format.

During a presentation at the summit, Liisa McCloy-Kelley, VP, director eBook product development&innovation at ‎Penguin Random House, and IDPF board member shared a long list of print formats that publishers currently cannot adapt as digital books-mostly due to the technical limitations of eBook formats. These included pop-up books, flap books, touch and feel books, and books with more than 3,000 images.

Accessibility was another major theme at the summit, as speakers argued that single digital book standard would make it much easier for more readers to access content.

Many speakers looked ahead to the future of content, exploring how data analysis, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality will reshape content in the future. O'Reilly Media founder and author Tim O'Reilly summed up these opportunities in his keynote.

The most futuristic example came from Bluefire Productions founder Micah Bowers. The creator of the Bluefire Reader imagined what reading will look like in a future where virtual reality tech is portable and ubiquitous. The company has created a prototype virtual reality environment for reading EPUB books in a soothing simulated environment.

At the end of the conference, Maurice York, an associate librarian overseeing digital preservation at the University of Michigan Library/Publishing, offered some technological context. The librarian read a quote from a 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine describing a 30-ton computer with 19,000 vacuum tubes-an unimaginably huge machine that is now eclipsed by the power of a single smartphone.

York's library has preserved everything from papyrus to rare books to carefully standardized digital books, but the librarian reminded publishers to prepare for a future where technology might remove the need for screens and paper altogether.

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Ziyad Marar, President, SAGE Publishing, to present opening keynote at London Info International 2017
- 14 Nov 2017

London Info International 2017 takes place in just under four weeks. While places are now filling up fast for the LII conference and exhibition but there's still time to book and take part in this global event. There is a wide array of features, events and things to do and the conference will host participants from almost 30 different countries.

Ziyad Marar, President, Global Publishing, SAGE Publishing, will present the opening keynote on December 5th. Ziyad will speak about how the rise of big data and new technology is transforming the very nature of social research, and how we as an industry can respond to this phenomenon, both tactically and strategically. To handle the threats and to respond to the opportunity in this area requires fresh thinking, ranging from organisational culture to the relationships we have as an industry with a whole host of new actors. Ziyad will also walk through some of the innovations and approaches Sage Publishing plans to implement through building, buying, partnering or investing.

The conference will go on to look at 'Valuing truth in the age of fake', 'Birth of the new Infotech', 'Whose research is it anyway?', 'Cyber Security', 'Open Science, Open Futures', 'The new impact', 'Changing user behaviours and new business models', 'New tribes', 'AI and machine learning', 'The University publishing revolution', 'Start-ups challenging the status quo' and 'Publishing to address grand societal challenges'.

London Info International 2017 is more than just another conference; it is an independent platform that enables discussions, engages communities, shares knowledge and drives change with influencers, users and providers of information across all disciplines. LII 2017 is independent and inclusive. It exists to bring together a community of engaged information professionals to improve outcomes in research, education and business.

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SPEC Survey webcast on Libraries, Presses, and Publishing
- 09 Nov 2017

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a series of free webcasts that present the findings from the latest SPEC surveys and allow webcast participants to discuss trends with the survey authors. A 45-minute webcast will follow the publication of each SPEC Kit in 2017.

The next webcast in this series will cover the Libraries, Presses, and Publishing survey (SPEC Kit 357), which explores the variety of activities that are associated with library publishing, the level of library/publishing/press integration and collaboration with or creation of formal publishing/press operations, and the organisational structuring of these activities and programs. This study gathered information on the breadth of practice taking place at the intersection of research libraries, presses, and publishing, and on the blurring of boundaries as libraries engage in publishing and press activities in new ways.

The webcast will review survey findings reported by ARL member libraries in July 2017. The survey authors will provide a snapshot of publishing activities undertaken by ARL member libraries; show a sample of exemplary services and resources; and review recommendations and advice from respondents.

The webcast will also include a discussion of promising trends and conclude with a question-and-answer session.

The webcast, 'Libraries, Presses, and Publishing', is scheduled for December 6, 2017, from 1:00-1:45 p.m. EST. Presenters include Laurie N. Taylor, Digital Scholarship Librarian; Brian W. Keith, Associate Dean for Administration and Faculty Affairs; and Chelsea Dinsmore, Director of Digital Production Services, all at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida; and Meredith Morris-Babb, Director and CEO of the University Press of Florida.

Interested parties may register online by November 29, 2017.

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Registrations for SCOAP3 Forum 2017 now open
- 07 Nov 2017

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) will be hosting its annual online Forum - an open event presenting achievements after almost four years and an outlook into the future of the initiative, on December 7, 2017. The Forum also offers an opportunity to ask questions, and provide feedback to representatives of the SCOAP3 international governance and the operations team at CERN.

The audience in previous years included librarians, publishers, researchers, research administrators and everybody else interested in the latest updates of this large-scale Open Access initiative, both from institutions participating in SCOAP3 and the wider community.

The one-hour event will cover a financial and operational summary of SCOAP3 2014-2017; an analysis of the impact of SCOAP3 on article downloads; and an outlook on the years ahead.

Reflecting the worldwide SCOAP3 partnership, the Forum will be held in two identical webinar sessions to allow participation from Asia and the Pacific in the late afternoon; from Europe and Africa in either the morning or afternoon; and from the Americas in the morning.

Participation is free, but for technical reasons it is advised to register in advance at https://scoap3.org/forum2017_registration/. Dial-in details will be sent to all registrants in advance of the event.

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