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Tuesday 05 February 2019

What is Hype and What Has Value? Technological buzzword or industry innovation? Open Source Technologies

This webinar has now taken place, but if you would like to purchase a recording then please contact Susie Brown at

Date and time:

Tuesday 5 February 2019, online at 15:00-16:00 GMT (UK), 16:00-17:00 CET (Europe), 10:00-11:00 EST (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 first webinar in this series of three will look at Open Source Technologies.

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: Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Director of Publishing, Microbiology Society
An active participant in the scholarly publishing community, Tasha is a member of the COUNTER Executive and organises the annual Digital Publishing conference for STM. Her industry expertise stretches from publishing operations and project management to policy setting, via technology management and business analysis. Tasha can be found on LinkedIn at 
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Kristen Ratan, CoFounder and Executive Director, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko)
Kristen Ratan is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, a nonprofit with a mission to evolve how knowledge is created, produced, and shared. Kristen has a 20-year history working to accelerate advances in science and research communication, most recently as Publisher at the Public Library of Science (PLOS).  Prior to that Kristen held leadership positions at HighWire Press, Atypon and BIOSIS.  Kristen is on the board of the American Institute of Physics Publishing and the Code for Science and Society.

Abstract: Kristen will discuss how open source, community-owned infrastructure has transformed industries and the potential impact to scholarly communication. She will review the progress made by Coko and its partnering organizations and reveal the roadmap for 2019.

Kristen Ratan
Andrew Smeall, Chief Digital Officer, Hindawi
Andrew leads Hindawi’s product and technology teams in London. He started at Hindawi in 2011, working on new ventures and product development. He has worked previously on privacy technology at Enliken and as a multimedia producer at Asia Society. Andrew has a B.A. in Chinese from Yale University and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern.

Abstract:  Andrew will discuss why a commercial company like Hindawi sees value in open source and how open source fits into a larger strategy of open infrastructure. Hindawi have a vision that shared, open systems should replace proprietary solutions for many applications in scholarly publishing and believe this will facilitate greater competition, create more options for authors, librarians and society journals, as well as shift the balance of power away from large, monopolistic entities.

Andrew Smeall
Jake Zarnegar, Chief Product Officer, Silverchair
As Chief Product Officer, Jake Zarnegar leads the development of the Silverchair Platform and provides strategic direction to Silverchair’s complementary suite of technologies and services for scientific and scholarly publishers.  A 20+ year industry veteran, Jake is a frequent speaker at SSP, ALPSP, and STM events covering emerging topics at the intersection of technology and scholarly publishing.

Abstract: Jake will discuss the prevalence of technology-enabled service companies in scholarly publishing (as opposed to pure technology companies) and show how these companies can deliver the best outcomes and value by deploying a mix of open-source and proprietary technology.

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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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