Platform Strategies 2019

September 25 & 26
The New York Academy of Sciences


Platform Strategies is exclusively devoted to strategic exploration of the technical capabilities required to create and support business models for the delivery of research, reference, and educational content to global audiences. Customers and business models for research outputs are changing rapidly. Requirements are expanding and morphing. Business and technical leaders from organizations large and small access the latest critical technology trajectories by engaging with experts and peers at Platform Strategies 2019.

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Introducing Platform Strategies



Day 1 – Wednesday, September 25th

1:00pm – Welcome and Introductory Remarks    

  • Thane Kerner, CEO

1:15pm – Technology Leadership Roundtable

  • Ann Michael, Chief Digital Officer, PLOS
  • John Shaw, Chief Technology Officer, SAGE Publications
  • Stuart Leitch, Chief Operating Officer, Silverchair

2:15pm – Networking and Refreshment Break

2:45pm – Plenary Address

  • Daniel Hook, CEO, Digital Science

3:30pm – Next Generation Marketing, Product, and Data Strategies – Taking Content Monetization to the Next Level  
Experts from research, professional, and trade publishing lay out how to leverage marketing technology, content, data, and ways of working to most effectively monetize their content.

  • Colleen Scollans, Marketing and Digital Strategy Consultant
  • Paul Gee, Vice President, Digital Production Management and Development

4:30pm – Networking and Refreshment Break

4:45pm – Are You Thinking Enough About Your Platform Data?
Scholarly publishers are sitting on a wealth of content and user data. Relative to some analytics and information markets, our data is laying fallow. How should we be thinking about our data and creating data partnerships or products? We’ll cover theory to practice in a moderated discussion with industry experts.

  • Lauren Kane, CEO, Delta Think
  • Ned May, VP, Analytic Operations, Outsell

5:45pm-6:45pm – Welcome Reception   
Join the Silverchair team and your fellow attendees for appetizers and cocktails.

Day 2 – Thursday, September 26th

9:00am – Welcome to Day Two

  • Susan Dawson, Chief People Officer, Silverchair

9:10am – The Research and Publishing Experience – View from the Front Lines
This is a window into the world of those producing and consuming scholarly and professional content – academics and practitioners.

  • Megan Ansdell, Flatiron Institute
  • Will Fortin, Columbia University

10:15am – Networking and Refreshment Break  

10:45am – Sovereign Internets, Scholarship, and Business Risk.  Publishing in Controlled, Fragmented, and Complex Markets.  
There’s a strong correlation between internet, media, and human freedom and the global markets for scholarly products. Should our perception of those markets change with the rise of sovereign internets in countries like China and Russia, large scale domestic scientific infrastructure, and increasing censorship? Changes in the internet itself may require our industry to reconsider our ethics and operating risks.

  • Ian Bremmer, Editor-at-large, Time Magazine, President, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, Board President, Eurasia Group Foundation

11:45am – Capturing More of the Scholarly Lifecycle to Add Value    
Many publishers are starting to publish posters, preprints, submitted and accepted manuscripts, expanded supplementary materials, and gray literature on their platforms in an effort to capture a scholarly idea from an early conceptualization on through secondary or reference literature. What’s driving this strategy? What does it mean for a publisher’s editorial policies, strategic partnerships and technologies? How can capturing more of the scholarly lifecycle, and data around that content’s use, create value?   

  • Tracy Gardner, Consultant, Renew Publishing Consultants
  • John Inglis, Executive Director and Publisher, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and Co-founder, bioRxiv
  • Sami Benchekroun, Co-founder and CEO, Morressier

12:45pm – Lunch   
1:45pm – Digital Strategy, Platform Technology, and Open Access.  Thoughts as You Adapt Your Publishing Business.
How do you adapt your digital publishing strategy and leverage your publishing platform to successfully adapt to open access? Industry experts share their perspective on the importance of brands, building a networked ecosystem, and enabling technology.

  • Will Schweitzer, SVP, Product Management, Silverchair

2:30pm – Networking and Refreshment Break

2:45pm – Plenary Address 

  • Oren Beit-Arie, Chief Strategy Officer, ProQuest

3:30pm – TBD

4:00pm –Closing Summary

  • Tim Barton, President, Silverchair

*Schedule is subject to change.


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Praise for Platform Strategies

This conference blows all other STM publishing conferences out of the water.
A not-to-be-missed event!
Excellent forum and really good interactions. It's always valuable to be in a room with a lot of smart people exchanging opinions and ideas.
The topics and speakers were outstanding, and the venue was really cool.
The Silverchair team pulled off an exceptional demonstration of great timing and logistics. The topics were all informative and the speakers exceptional.
Excellent venue for learning about advances, networking, and formal and informal interchange.
I really enjoyed the conference and left feeling energized.
A thoughtful program, strong speakers, and an excellent bunch of people attending.

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