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Wednesday 06 May 2020

Case Studies in Collaboration: the next wave of platform hosting initiatives

Wednesday 6 May - 08:00-09:00 PDT; 11:00-12:00 EDT; 16:00-17:00 BST; 17:00-18:00 CEST 
Thursday 14 May - 08:00-09:00 PDT; 11:00-12:00 EDT; 16:00-17:00 BST; 17:00-18:00 CEST
Tuesday 19 May - 08:00-09:00 PDT; 11:00-12:00 EDT; 16:00-17:00 BST; 17:00-18:00 CEST 

* Please note booking has now closed for this webinar, but should you wish to purchase a link to the recording, please email Susie Brown ( *


In this rapidly changing landscape, publishers and societies are rethinking approaches to platform development to better suit evolving business, community, and organization-specific needs. This series of three webinars highlights non-traditional initiatives and the collaborations that made them possible. Speakers will provide insight into the background and rationale for their strategy, any implications for resourcing, skillset and stakeholder management, lessons learnt and opportunities for the future.  The series comprises three case studies: 

Wednesday 6 May - Emerald & 67 Bricks: a platform co-development model.

Overview: How does a small publisher hold their nerve to digitally transform? During this session Harriet Bell (Emerald Publishing) and David Leeming (67 Bricks) will discuss their unique partnership, the key issues behind moving from a vendor platform, the ability to innovate, pushing the boundaries in publishing and the hybrid-build approach which is all about flexibility and getting closer to the customer.
Today’s developers and architects have taken the best lessons from the monolithic platforms of old and are now creating smart, flexible frameworks built to interact with other systems and to create opportunities to build business-changing assets that will age gracefully. Taking a hybrid-build approach means selecting and using the best of breed components that are out there, and combining these with your own specific architecture, design and development. 

Chair: Lauren Kane, CEO, DeltaThink  
Harriet Bell
Marketing Director, Emerald
Harriet Bell has worked in academic publishing for over 20 years and is now a Board member for Emerald Publishing which is an independent social science and humanities publisher. Harriet is responsible for global marketing and product development for Emerald at a time of exciting opportunity and change, moving towards innovative content formats to more broadly communicate research findings, supporting open science and above all looking at the role publishers can play in supporting research impact.
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David LeemingHead of Client Services, 67 Bricks
David is Head of Client Services at 67 Bricks Ltd a technology company that is leading the evolution of content and data capabilities at scholarly publishers. At 67 Bricks he oversees consultancy and software development projects and has taken a lead in exploring how technologies like AI and machine learning can deliver value in the information industry. David is a regular speaker at publishing events, having delivered talks at several industry events. He brings practical experience of the use of these technologies on real projects at 67 Bricks and an in-depth publishing knowledge of over 20 years working for scholarly publishers.
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Thursday 14 May - UCL Press & ScienceOpen: a community based open review model.

Overview: UCL Press and ScienceOpen have collaborated on the development of an open publishing platform with a community-based model of open peer review. The first multi-disciplinary journal, UCL Open: Environment launched successfully last year. In this webinar we will share our joint vision for the future of scholarly communication and our experience in realising and communicating this vision. Open peer review, editorial moderation, community engagement, transparent processes, and rich metadata feeds are all essential features of the UCL Open platform. The ScienceOpen discovery technology and a unique research-driven curation architecture powers the ability to embed broad scope publishing into the whole of research outputs while nourishing niche topical communities. For university or society presses curious about whether platform publishing and open peer review could meet the needs of their scholarly community for rapid, transparent and open communication of research results.

Chair: Lauren Kane, CEO, DeltaThink  
Stephanie Dawson
, CEO, ScienceOpen
Stephanie grew up in northern California, studied Biology at Yale University and received a PhD in German Literature from the University of Washington. She spent over 10 years at the academic publisher De Gruyter in Berlin in the fields of biology and chemistry in both journals and book publishing. In 2013 she joined ScienceOpen as Managing Director.
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Ian Caswell, Journals Manager, UCL Press
Ian Caswell is the Journals Manager at UCL Press responsible for the overall journals publishing programme. UCL Press is a purely open access publisher, publishing 8 academic - with 5 more joining the programme after merging with the Institute of Education Press in 2018/2019 – and in February 2019 launched its pilot journal on the new open peer review pre-print server publishing platform, hosted by and developed with, ScienceOpen, called UCL Open: Environment. Ian previously held positions at Biomed Central as a Journal Development Editor and at Wiley within the peer review management team for open access journals.
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Tuesday 19 May - SPIE & Project Euclid: a NFP collaboration for platform delivery.

Overview: This session will explore the compelling case study of two nonprofit organizations entering into a partnership for technology services, and the lessons learned along the way. When evaluating potential platform vendors, Project Euclid, an aggregation of math journals sponsored by Cornell University Library and Duke University Press, approached the industry’s well-known providers. Ultimately, however, they made a novel choice – to partner with SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. In so doing, Euclid became the second partner to use SPIE’s proprietary platform for hosting services, after an inaugural partnership with BioOne. We will discuss the drivers for both organizations in pursuing this unique collaboration, the challenges faced and opportunities presented, and takeaways that might help others in the future assessing similar non-traditional initiatives.

Chair: Lauren Kane, CEO, DeltaThink  
Patrick Franzen
, Director, SPIE Digital Library
Patrick Franzen is Director, Publications & Platform for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, where he is responsible for driving business strategy and innovation across the SPIE suite of publications activities including proceedings and conference content, journals, books, and multimedia. He is also part of the Society’s platform leadership team which manages development and strategy for both the SPIE Digital Library and SPIE’s partner platforms program.
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Leslie Eager, Director of Publishing Services, Project Euclid
Leslie Eager is the Director of Publishing Services for Project Euclid, a nonprofit hosting platform and aggregator of mathematics and statistics literature. Leading a small team within Duke University Press, Leslie oversees Euclid's strategy and operations, including publisher partnerships and acquisitions, business and product development, and financial growth and sustainability. Prior to joining Project Euclid in 2016, Leslie worked in marketing and sales at Duke University Press.
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Registration and Booking

ALPSP Members*
Series of 3 webinars: £125.00 excl VAT per person
Single webinar: £50.00 excl VAT per person 
Group bookings: please contact us for details of discounts available.
Non-Members £85 + VAT per person, per webinar

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