Preliminary 2016 Annual Conference Program

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Leveraging Data and Managing Its Value

9:00am - 5:00pm: Registration (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)
9:00am - 12:00pm: NFAIS 2015-2016 Board Meeting (Cliveden, 19th Floor)
1:00pm - 1:15pm:

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Christopher Burghardt, NFAIS President-Elect 2016- 2017, Vice President, Content Management, Thomson Reuters IP & Science

1:15pm - 2:15pm:

Opening Keynote (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Steven Miller, Data Maestro, Global Leader Academic Programs, IBM Analytics Group [Slides]

Sponsored by CAS

Preparing the Next Generation for the Cognitive Era
After decades of data scarcity, we are finally arriving in the era of data abundance. Cognitive systems such as IBM's Watson, a cloud-based cognition service platform, can help us utilize all the data available to make better decisions in business, society, and our personal lives.  Even with the help of cognitive assistants, data literacy will be a key new skill for students and professionals, as data transforms industries and occupations, and creates enormous entrepreneurial and startup opportunities.  This keynote address will explore what data literacy means and the slogan: Where code goes and data flows, cognition will follow.

Steven Miller leads academic programs for IBM Analytics Group. His primary focus is collaborating with universities to build the pipeline of talent needed by the data driven organization. Mr. Miller’s work spans data and analytics literacy for every student to emerging specialist roles such as the data scientist and data engineer.  Mr. Miller joined IBM in 2001 as part of the acquisition of Informix Software, a leading provider of mission critical database systems. Since joining IBM he has held multiple roles in product management, product marketing and business & go-to-market strategy.

2:15pm - 2:45pm: 

Networking Break (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)

Sponsored by The Journal of Engineering/IET Open Access Research

2:45pm - 3:45pm:

Data Usage Practices (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Moderator: Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Sayeed Choudury, Associate Dean for Research Data Management, Johns Hopkins University [Slides]Courtney Soderberg, Statistical and Methodological Consultant, Center for Open Science [Slides]; Lisa Federer, Research Data Informationist, National Institutes of Health Library [Slides]

Panelists pick up on the theme of the opening keynote and present emerging data usage practices and trends from their perspectives, followed by a moderated discussion on how specific types of research are served, the different techniques applied and demands on the future of advanced information services.

3:45pm - 5:00pm:

Managing Data and Establishing Appropriate Policies (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Moderator: Amanda J. Wilson, Director, National Transportation Library; Heather Joseph, Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) [Slides]; Anita de WaardVice President, Research Data Collaborations, Elsevier [Slides]; Larry Alexander, Director, Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, Drexel University [Slides]

This session focuses on how data usage activities and practices could potentially re-frame legislative and institutional policies that protect significant investment by funding bodies and ensure that data is appropriately identified, tagged, housed and preserved. Topics addressed include the government's role in mandating accessibility and ensuring quality; the re-use of published data and how to archive/sustain data for future use; maintaining privacy; intellectual property rights; and the unwritten rules for appropriately handling various types of data.

5:00pm - 6:00pm:

NFAIS Assembly Meeting (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)

The NFAIS Assembly Meeting is open to all representatives of NFAIS member organizations. 

6:00pm - 7:30pm:

 Welcome Reception (Red/Clover Rooms, First Floor)

Sponsored by The H.W. Wilson Foundation


Monday, February 22, 2016
Data As Content: Fostering Utilization

8:00am - 5:00pm:  Registration (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)
7:45am - 8:30am:

Continental Breakfast (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)

8:30am - 9:00am:

Plenary Session
Ann Michael, President & CEO, Delta Think, Inc. (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor) [Slides]

Sponsored by American Psychological Association/PsycINFO

Data is the New Black
Big data, small data, metadata, predictive analysis, clinical data, reproducibility, privacy, cyber security, data standards – discussions directly or indirectly about data are now part of our regular routine. Data impacts decision-making in operations, product development, marketing, and customer service, to name a few. When considering the scholarly record and scientific discovery process, data is fast becoming a part of the process that is expected to be accessible and reliable. How might data fully integrate into the scholarly record? How can its deposit, management, and accessibility become financially sustainable? What are the issues around data as a part of the “product” and how are publishers managing those issues?

In this session we’ll explore both trends and specific examples of how organizations are using data to inform product development and anticipate user needs; extend the value of their content within an integrated workflow; create new products and supplements to the scholarly record; and, utilize data to serve an expanding and changing global market.

9:00am - 10:30am:

Building Value Through A Portfolio of Software & Systems (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Moderator: Peter Simon, Vice President, Product Management, NewsBankDr. John Hammersley, Co-founder & CEO, Overleaf [Slides]; Thomas Grandell, CEO, Etsimo [Slides]; Elizabeth Caley, Chief Operating Officer, Meta [Slides]

Learn from the scholars and entrepreneurs who have created useful and innovate services and/or tools that foster utilization of data and content, and how these services and/or tools are building a wide range of data. You'll hear about the functionalities in greatest demand, including collaborative authoring; tracking and project management; shared access to relevant content; disciplinary differences; and institutional requirements, such as CRIS and research information management systems. 

10:30am - 11:00am:

Connecting and Networking with Exhibitors (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)

11:00am - 12:30pm: 

Creating Value for External Institutions and Systems (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Moderator: Kevin Ruthen, Head of Software and Application Development, IT Operations, AIP Publishing; Carl Grant, Associate Associate Dean, Knowledge Services, University of Oklahoma [Slides]; James King, Branch Chief & Information Architect, Information Resources and Services Branch, National Institutes of Health Library [Slides]Miranda Hunt, User Experience Researcher, EBSCO Information Services [Slides]

Publishers provide value in terms of content, as well as in terms of understanding subsequent engagement with that content (e.g., citations, behavioral data). Speakers from the broader information community discuss the requirements of institutions, contemplating how data of various types from platform providers may be used in support of assessment exercises — locally as well as nationally. They'll cover the benefits research institutions anticipate from access to data; potential pitfalls in partnering with platform providers; who owns the right to mine institutional data; and the potential impact on the overall reward system in higher education. Lastly, you'll learn how behavioral data is being used to improve functionality and efficiency, and the interface challenges that exist.

12:30pm - 2:00pm: NFAIS Non-Members Lunch Event (Red/Clover Rooms, First Floor)
Lunch provided
12:30pm - 2:00pm:

NFAIS Members-only Lunch Event (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Prior registration required; lunch provided

Sponsored by Elsevier

How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publications
Simon Inger, Simon Inger Consulting Services [Slides]

Inger presents findings from Simon Inger Consulting Services' 2015 Survey on "How Readers Discover Content in Scholarly Publishing." This is a continuation of work carried out in 2005, 2008 and 2012 and represents in-depth reporting on the discovery behaviors of people working and studying across all disciplines (including the humanities, social sciences and STM). A formal report of these results is expected to be released in February of 2016, and those attending the NFAIS Members-only lunch will represent one of the earliest audiences to hear the insights, lessons and trends revealed in this on-going research.

NFAIS Member organizations sponsoring this research include the American Theological Library Association, Annual Reviews, and the IET, among others.

2:00pm - 3:30pm:

Globalization/Internationalization of Content (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Speaker: Stacy Olkowski, Senior Product Manager, Thomson Innovation and Thomson Data Analyzer, Thomson Reuters [Slides]; Donald Samulack, President US Operations, Editage [Slides]James Testa, Vice President, Emeritus, Thomson Reuters [Slides]

Moderator: Christopher BurghardtVice President, Content Management, Thomson Reuters IP & Science

At the NFAIS 2015 Annual Conference, 54% of conference attendees surveyed felt that one of the biggest influences reshaping the evolving scholarly record was the global demand for access to information across institutional, geographic and national borders. Among others, China and the Asia-Pacific region are emerging as important contributors to on-going research. This session examines the impact of globalization on the information community as a whole, including the potential impact of a shift of power to China and other regions; English as lingua franca; China's interest in improving quality and speed to publication; the impact of predatory publishers and author services; and patent activity in these regions.

3:30pm - 4:00pm:

Afternoon Tea in Honor of the 2016 Miles Conrad Award Recipient (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)

Sponsored by Philosopher's Information Center

4:00pm - 5:00pm:

Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
2016 Award Recipient: Deanna Marcum, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R [Remarks]

As Ithaka S+R’s Managing Director, Marcum provides research and strategic guidance to help universities and colleges, libraries, publishers and cultural institutions navigate economic and technological change. In her current role, she leads a staff of program directors and analysts with wide-ranging expertise in higher education and libraries and scholarly communication. From 2003 to 2011, Marcum served as Associate Librarian for Library Services with the Library of Congress (LoC). She managed 53 divisions and offices, leading 1,600 employees responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, public service and preservation activities; services to the blind and physically handicapped; and network and bibliographic standards for the LoC. She was also responsible for integrating the emerging digital resources into the traditional artifactual library, the first step toward building a national digital library for the 21st century. Marcum holds a PhD in American studies, a Master's degree in library science, and a Bachelor's degree in English. She was awarded a doctorate in humane letters by North Carolina State University in 2010, and received the Melvil Dewey Medal, the highest award conferred by the American Library Association, in June 2011. Marcum was appointed to the Japan-US Friendship Commission, which seeks "to strengthen the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange," in 2013.

6:00pm - 7:30pm:

Networking Reception (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)


Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Today's Algorithms Drive Tomorrow's Artificial Intelligence

8:00am - 12:00pm: Registration (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)
7:45am - 8:30am:

Continental Breakfast (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)

Sponsored in part by Thomson Reuters and Thought Industries

8:30am - 10:00am:

Startup Shootout (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Moderator: Eric Swenson, Director, Product Management, Scopus, Elsevier; Judges: Kent R. Anderson, Founder, Caldera Publishing Solutions; Christopher Wink, Co-founder and Editorial Director,; James Phimister, Vice President, ProQuest Information Solutions

Startups: James Harwood, Penelope Research [Slides]; Ariel Katz, ResearchConnection [Slides]Pascal Magnier, Expernova [Slides]; Alberto Pepe, Authorea [Slides]

Three startups — somewhere between "garage" stage and Round B funding stage — are faced by a panel of judges in pitching their ideas.

10:00am - 10:30am: 

Networking Break (Grand Ballroom Foyer, Hotel First Floor)

Sponsored by Squid Solutions

10:30am - 12:00pm:

Leveraging the Data You Have In Building Tomorrow's Information Business (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Moderator: Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies; Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations [Slides]; C. Lee Giles, PhD, David Reese Professor and Interim Associate Dean of Research at the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State University [Slides]; Daniel Mayer, CEO for North America, Expert System [Slides]

From a business perspective, how do we make the most of the data collected to build a successful information business of tomorrow? Given that artificial intelligence is a series of algorithms working with data more rapidly than human intelligence can process, this session explores activities that might help us build information services that become the foundation of artificial intelligence.

12:00pm - 2:00pm:

Awards Luncheon and Closing Keynote (Grand Ballroom, Hotel First Floor)
Stephane Bura, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, [Slides]

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Trust
We live in a complex world of data but we don’t have the proper tools to access, understand and manage it, so that we can be informed and find the means to reach our goals. The existing apps and web services only provide us with fragmentary and skewed views of this world. We’ve lost our agency and, by extension, our trust in digital technology. A shift from complexity to empowerment is needed, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the key to bringing it forth. At the core of this shift is trust, and for it to exist, user and machine must understand one another. There must be a common language that describes user intents and the machine’s methods. It’s no longer enough for AI to predict and identify patterns; it must become a partner in the interaction, building toward solutions with the user’s guidance and feedback, while conversely the user learns from the process. We must move from AI to IA, Intelligence Augmentation. This presentation outlines the steps toward this goal and how we can transform the way we interact with our devices as well as with one another.

2:15pm - 3:30pm:  NFAIS 2016 - 2017 Board Meeting (Cliveden, 19th Floor)


NFAIS is grateful for the support of these and others sponsors for the NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference



For a full list of conference sponsors, click here. For information on becoming a sponsor of the NFAIS 2016 Annual Conference, click here to view our 2016 Sponsor Prospectus.