Identity and access management specialist OpenAthens has unveiled the details of its annual Access Lab conference that is to-be-held online on March 16-17, 2021.
The theme for the event is ‘Thriving in the (un)usual. Creativity. Agility.’ The conference will be hosted virtually for the second year. OpenAthens will bring together experts from a wide range of sectors including education and research, healthcare, government, charity, publishing and commercial.
Access Lab has gained a reputation for showcasing debate and discussion on key industry issues affecting the global publishing and library communities.
Many countries’ healthcare systems being under the world spotlight in 2021 as they have faced the challenge of the pandemic. The 2021 opening keynote address will be given by Darren Hutton, product owner – NHS login, NHS Digital.
The two-day event has been adapted to enable an international audience to participate. It will feature sessions reflecting on the impact the pandemic has had on the industry. OpenAthens’ data and business analyst Andy Anderson will deliver a session considering the question: What did the pandemic do to usage stats?
The opening plenary for second day will be delivered by Chris Thomson. He is a subject specialist – digital practice at Jisc, and his session will be: ‘Lifting the lid: achieving trust and trustworthiness when working with learner data.’
The debate-based sessions are always a conference highlight. The schedule for 2021 includes a discussion under the title: ‘Crossing the digital divide through collaboration’. This will be chaired by Liz Sayce OBE, visiting senior fellow at London School of Economics and former CEO of Disability Rights UK.
Winners of the Best publisher UX award 2021 will be announced on first day of the event. Delegates will have the opportunity to gain insight through case studies from OpenAthens’ customers and partners.
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