At TBI Communications we understand the challenges publishers and societies face particularly when it comes to keeping up to speed with new technological developments in our industry.
Over the years we have forged close partnerships with many technology providers, which has certainly added to the spectrum of our marketing capabilities, strengthened the strategic partnerships with our existing publishing partners and opened the doors to many new ones. Understandably, we jumped at the opportunity to attend ‘The power of Partnership and Collaboration in the Publishing Industry’ seminar organised by ALPSP this month to find out how other organisations in our industry collaborate and partner with each other.
Our expectations were exceeded with some very interesting presentations. Dr. Joris Van Rossum, Director of Special Projects at Digital Science was presenting on the very topical issue of blockchain. Blockchain is a new technology that could radically change many industries and this presentation zoomed in on its potential to transform scholarly communication and research, focusing on important initiatives in the field. Dr. Rossum discussed in detail how blockchain technology can impact many critical aspects of scholarly communication such as open science and reproducibility, and how it opens the possibility to share data in a safe, transparent way through new forms of partnerships. Many questions followed, and it certainly whetted our appetite to discover more. For anybody that wants to get a better grasp on the subject, Dr. Rossum has published a report entitled ‘Blockchain for Research – Perspectives on a New Paradigm for Scholarly Communication’, which is available to download on Figshare.
We found the presentations by 67 Bricks Ltd and Wisdom.ai particularly interesting – both sharing ideas on how AI and machine learning can aid the longstanding issues in the global research landscape of discoverability and advance the future of scholarly communication by integrating these new technologies within publishers’ processes. David Leeming, Head of Client Services at 67 Bricks gave an interesting example of the Washington Post’s Robot Reporter that has published 850 articles within a year – helping expand their audience and freeing up about 20% of journalist time to do more high-value work.
Refreshingly free of information overload and very enjoyable were the talks by OUP and Kudos. They gave examples of how they collaborate with other partners within the scholarly publishing sphere to achieve technological innovations and serve our community better.
In our opinion, ALPSP has delivered yet again another well received, well attended and very informative seminar. The day gave an interesting insight into some great ideas for collaboration, promising to push the boundaries of traditional publishing and advance the future of scholarly communication.
Here at TBI Communications, we have certainly seen demand from organisations that want to collaborate with us to upscale their marketing activities and strengthen their position in the industry. For more information on the type of strategic partnerships and projects we have been involved with visit our website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.