Platform Strategies 2019

September 25 & 26
The New York Academy of Sciences


Session presentations are now available below.

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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Day 1 – Wednesday, September 25th


12:00pm – Registration Opens

1:00pm – Welcome and Introductory Remarks    

  • Thane Kerner, CEO, Silverchair, will welcome attendees and offer introductory remarks.

1:15pm – Technology Leadership Roundtable
Open source or proprietary technology?  Community owned or commercial infrastructure and solutions?  Can we create competitive, differentiating features or is all publishing technology a commodity?  How do you weigh ownership challenges versus partnership risks?  These big questions underlie many of our organizations’ most important business strategy and technology decisions. How are some of our industry’s technology leaders grappling with these issues?

  • 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 – AI vs IA: How Will Humans and Technologies Interplay in the Future of Scholarly Communication?
Technology has both the potential to empower and to disenfranchise all the participants in the research lifecycle. We are undoubtedly at the dawn of a new revolution in technology – one that will fundamentally change how research is carried out and communicated. In this talk, we explore what the world could be like in the near future as the calculational and creative capabilities of artificial intelligence emerge. Will we overcome inherent biases in AI? Can an AI be smart enough to think creatively? Will intelligent augmentation expand our capabilities rather than artificial intelligence replacing them altogether?

  • 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 Product Management and Development, The JAMA Network

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

6:00pm-7:30pm – Welcome Reception   
Join the Silverchair team and your fellow attendees for appetizers and cocktails at the Atrio Wine Bar and Restaurant at the Conrad Hotel.

Day 2 – Thursday, September 26th


8:15am – Breakfast and Registration

9:00am – Welcome to Day Two

  • Susan Dawson, Chief People Officer, Silverchair

9:05am – 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

10:00am – Networking and Refreshment Break  

10:30am –  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. 
Some sample topics to probe:
How do you keep on top of the latest updates in your field? How “up to date” do you feel you have to be?
Where do you do your reading and do you have any automated feeds?
How do you choose where to publish? What is the user experience like? What are your biggest frustrations? What are timelines like?
Do you use pre-print servers? How does your field view them?
Are you active on social media interacting with published or WIP research?

  • Megan Ansdell, Flatiron Institute
  • Will Fortin, Columbia University
  • Ingrid Nelson MD, Jacobi Medical Center

11:30am – Capturing More of the Scholarly Lifecycle to Add Value
Whether seeking to advance their mission or to diversify their product offerings and revenues, many publishers are expanding their programs to include additional research outputs, such as posters, preprints, submitted and accepted manuscripts, expanded supplementary material, and gray literature. These outputs can provide tremendous value for the scholarly community. In this session, a panel of industry experts will discuss how independent and society publishers are developing new products and experimenting in their space; will provide an update on preprint publishing and considerations for such products; and will preview a platform for early-stage research, including conference abstracts, posters, and presentations.

  • 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

12:30pm – Lunch
Lunch will be provided for attendees.
1:45pm – Digital Strategy, Platform Technology, and Open Access.  Thoughts as You Adapt Your Publishing Business.
Every publisher is grappling with transformative deals, Plan S, and what surely is a more open future. Join Alison Mudditt, CEO, PLOS, and Will Schweitzer, Silverchair’s SVP for Product Management and former Director of Product for the Science family of journals, as they share their perspective on the infrastructure, technology, strategies, and relationships needed to adapt to open access market changes successfully.

  • Alison Mudditt, Chief Executive Officer, Public Library of Science
  • Will Schweitzer, SVP, Product Management, Silverchair

2:30pm – Networking Break

2:45pm – What Publishers Need to Know About Software Development
Software development is a complex field with a high project failure rate. This presentation surfaces important considerations that publishers should factor into their decision making and management practices concerning software development.

  • Stuart Leitch, Chief Operating Officer, Silverchair

3:30pm – How Aggregators are Helping Users, Libraries and Publishers Benefit from Change
The higher education environment is shifting. User and institutional needs as well as use cases are expanding, while the spectrum, diversity and scale of scholarly content along with the way it’s published and consumed is evolving. Aggregation platforms– which sit at the intersection of publishers, universities, libraries, and end users – are in a unique position to introduce new opportunities for all stakeholders in this dynamic, networked environment.
In this session, Oren will discuss the changing landscape, highlighting trends from recent market studies, and will share ProQuest’s strategy to transform traditional content syndication and aggregation into a range of education and research technologies and solutions, enabling publishers of all sizes to benefit from scale, integration with institutional workflows, support emerging methods of research and teaching, increase content discovery and dissemination, drive more insights and usage, and open channels to new audiences.

  • Oren Beit-Arie, Chief Strategy Officer, ProQuest

4:00pm – Closing Summary

  • Tim Barton, President, Silverchair

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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