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Tuesday 19 January 2021

Scholarly Publishing: Resilience as an opportunity for transformation

A free webinar for ALPSP Members only

Booking has now closed. Please contact Susie Brown if you have any questions.

Date and Time: Tuesday 19 January
Online, 09:00 - 10.30 EST (New York), 14:00 - 15:30 GMT (UK), 15:00 - 16.30 CET (Central Europe) 

If you are unable to join the webinar live, you may still register and will automatically receive a recording after the event for viewing at a time to suit you.


Sara Rouhi, Director, Strategic Partnerships, PLOSSara Rouhi photo


What does it mean to be resilient? How do our culture, systems, infrastructure, and individual beliefs impact our ability to adapt to change – especially when dealing with far-reaching and quickly manifesting changes?
In this session we’ll hear from three speakers about the articles they published in the January 2021 special issue of Learned Publishing. Our conversation will range from defining resilience and seeing what we can learn from other sectors, to looking at how standards and best practices can help or hinder our ability to adapt, to how we might, as an industry, prioritize cooperation and cooperative values in coming years.

Speaker abstracts

Dr. Haseeb Md. Irfanullah, Independent Consultant - Environment, Climate Change, & Research System

So, what does resilience mean for scholarly publishing?
The concept "resilience" is used in diverse disciplines. Different tools and frameworks can help to measure a system against shocks and disasters. An attempt has been made to measure the resilience of scholarly publishing against the COVID-19 pandemic using a flood assessment framework called "5C-4R". The assessment revealed some fantastic resilient elements in our academic publishing as well as some weaknesses. We need to harness these positive changes and remove inequality and exclusion for future resilience and sustainability.
Dr. Haseeb Md Irfanullah photo

Bill Kasdorf, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates LLC

Why we can be resilient: We have technology and open standards to thank
Most of us in scholarly publishing are very fortunate to have made the transition to working from home surprisingly easily, thanks to free, open, non-proprietary standards that we take for granted, and on which even the proprietary tools and technologies we use are based. The progress of technology over the past few decades is a story of ever-increasing interoperability.
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Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Building resilience in scholarly communications through openness and cooperation
Research infrastructure built on principles of openness and cooperation is more likely to succeed: to meet the needs of the communities it serves, and to be resilient — surviving and thriving in good times and bad. What are those principles, how should they be applied, and how can we measure their success?

Alice Meadows photo

About the Speakers

Dr. Haseeb Md. Irfanullah is a biologist-turned-development facilitator, who often introduces himself as a research enthusiast. Over the last two decades, Haseeb has worked for different international organizations in different capacities; now is an independent consultant in environment and research sectors. Since 2006, Haseeb’s association with Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy as an editor and with the INASP (UK) built his interest in scholarly publishing. He shares his enthusiasm with fellow researchers through formal and informal mentoring programs. A Chef of The Scholarly Kitchen of the SSP, Haseeb has a PhD in aquatic ecology from the University of Liverpool (UK).

Bill Kasdorf is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, focusing on editorial and production workflows, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling and specification, standards and best practices, and accessibility. He is a founding partner of Publishing Technology Partners. Bill is the W3C Global Publishing Evangelist and is active in the W3C Publishing@W3C work. He co-chairs NISO’s Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group, is a member and Past President of SSP, and is also a member of BISG’s Workflow Working Group, IPTC, and the DAISY Consortium. He received the SSP Distinguished Service Award, the BISG Industry Champion Award, and the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award. He is general editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and serves on the editorial board of Learned Publishing. Clients have included NEJM, National Academies Press, American College of Physicians, American Psychological Association, SAGE, Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, IEEE, Cochrane Library, Pearson, Cengage, VitalSource, World Bank, British Library, OCLC, ORCID, and the European Union Publications Office.

As Director of Community Engagement for the National Information Standards Organization, Alice is responsible for engaging with and developing the NISO community, including communicating the value of our projects, events, and programs. She also consults on a part-time basis with the newly formed MoreBrains Cooperative, which specializes in and shares the values of open research — with a focus on scholarly communications, research information management, policy, and infrastructures. Prior to joining NISO, Alice held a similar role at ORCID and, before that, worked in marketing and communications for scholarly publishers including Wiley and Blackwell. She is active in — and passionate about — the scholarly communications community, and especially interested in improving trust in research, and addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Alice is honored to be a past recipient of the ALPSP Award for Contribution to Scholarly Publishing and of the SSP Distinguished Service Award, and currently serves on the SSP Board as President-Elect, as well as being a regular contributor to their Scholarly Kitchen blog.


This is a free webinar for ALPSP members only. If you have any questions about this please email Lizzie Drummond or any of the ALPSP team.

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