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Tuesday 02 April 2019

What is Hype and What Has Value? Technological buzzword or industry innovation? Blockchain


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Date and time:

Tuesday 2 April 2019, online at 15:00-16:00 BST (UK), 16:00-17:00 CEST (Europe), 10:00-11:00 EDT (New York)

If you are unable to attend the live session, you can still book and will automatically receive a recording of the event after it ends, which you can watch at your convenience.

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AI, Blockchain and Open Source are terms which continually grab attention, but are they merely buzzwords or will they really disrupt our industry?  In a series of webinars we’ll look at each technology in turn to separate the hype from the reality. We’ll look at examples of where these technologies are already being used in our industry. We’ll assess their potential for positive change as well as considering  alternative courses of action.

Attendees will gain an understanding of what these technologies really offer, the potential steps they could take to begin engaging and working with them and the importance of considering how these technologies should fit within wider product, platform or technology strategies.

To find out more about this topic and why you should attend our webinars, read our latest blog
AI, Blockchain, Open Source - separating the value from the hype

The final webinar in this series of three will look at Blockchain.

Other webinars in the series:

Who should attend?

Those responsible for new product development, platform development, technology partnerships and innovation. Sales, business development and marketing may also be interested in terms of how companies should position themselves and speak about their engagement with these new technologies.

Chair and speakers:

Chair: Louise Russell, Director, Tutton Russell Consulting
Louise Russell has 19 years’ experience in academic publishing including positions with primary and secondary publishers as well as with intermediaries and software providers. Louise set-up her own consultancy in 2013 to provide specialist support to academic publishers, societies, vendors and start-ups with a focus on strategic reviews, tendering and RFP management, and product management & innovation. Prior to setting up her consultancy Louise was Chief Operating Officer at Ingenta, where she managed the Online Solutions Division.
Louise Russell
Ian Mulvany, Head of Transformation, SAGE Publishing
Ian Mulvany is head of transformation at SAGE Publishing. He helped setup SAGE’s methods innovation incubator SAGE Ocean following a lean product development approach. Previously he ran technology operations for eLife, was head of product for Mendeley and ran a number of early web2.0 products for Nature Publishing Group.

He is passionate about creating digital tools that support the research enterprise. He is interested in the interplay between different stakeholders that can lead to the sustainably of these kinds of tools.

Abstract:  Ian will make the case that the full implementation of blockchain as a technology is targeted primarily at low trust environments. He will claim that the infrastructure that exists within the STM publishing industry means that we operate in a high trust environment and, as such, we possibly do not need to look at blockchain. Moreover the complexity involved with the technology introduces both technical and business risk. On the other hand Ian will also discuss the potential benefits of having collective conversations around the problems that we think blockchain can solve for us. 

Ian Mulvany
Brigitte Shull, Senior Vice President, USA and the Director of Scholarly Communications R&D at Cambridge University Press
Brigitte and her team work on Open Research, Author & Research Services, and Research Integrity. She has held past positions at Pearson Education, Palgrave Macmillan, and Springer Nature in both the higher education and scholarly publishing spaces and is involved with the Association of American Publishers, the Society for Scholarly Publishers and the Association of University Presses. 

Abstract: Brigitte will make the case that blockchain technology brings benefits to the scholarly communications ecosystem as a tool for increased transparency. She will share information about the Blockchain for Peer Review initiative, a not-for-profit, collaborative effort of publishers to develop a neutral infrastructure to share information on peer review activities. She will also discuss some of the future roadmap plans for the initiative in order to explore the ways in which reviewer coordination, validation, and portability can potentially benefit from the use of blockchain.
Brigitte Shull
Alex Tran Qi, Co-Founder, Katalysis 
Alex holds a Diploma of Engineering and a Master in Computer Science and Financial Mathematics from the ENSIMAG ( He worked at companies such as Morgan Stanley. In his last role at Optiver, Alex led the development department of Optiver Europe. In 2016 Alex decided to take the leap and started Katalysis to democratise content publishing through blockchain technology.
Alex Tran Qui

Registration and booking:

Member Offer! Book all three webinars in this series and you will get the 3rd half price*. See overview of all three. 

Not an ALPSP member?  Want to take advantage of the reduced member rates? Click here to find out how your organization can join ALPSP

ALPSP Members    £50 + VAT per person, per webinar
Non-Member         £85 + VAT per person, per webinar

For all enquiries please contact: Susie Brown

*In order to take advantage of the member rate you must be an ALPSP member on the date of the event. In the event that you cancel your membership prior to the event, you agree to pay ALPSP the difference between the discounted price and the full price for the event.


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