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Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know

The internet has transformed the ways in which scholars and scientists share their findings with each other and the world, creating a scholarly communication environment that is both radically more complex and tremendously more effective than was the case just a few years ago. Scholarly communication itself has become an umbrella term for the increasingly complex ecosystem of publications, platforms, and tools that scholars, scientists, and researchers use

to share their work with each other and with other interested readers. Scholarly Communication: What

Everyone Needs to Know offers an accessible overview of the current landscape, examining the state of affairs in the worlds of journal and book publishing, copyright law, emerging access models, digital archiving, university presses, metadata, and much more. Anderson discusses many of the problems that arise due to conflicts between the various values and interests at play within these systems: values that include the public good, academic freedom, the advancement of science, and the efficient use of limited resources. The implications of these issues extend far beyond academia. Organised in an easy-to-use question-

and-answer format, this book provides a lively and helpful summary of some of the most important issues and developments in the world of scholarly communication – a world that affects our everyday lives far more than we may realise. Rick Anderson is associate dean for

Rick Anderson

collections and scholarly communications at the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah. He is an academic library administrator, author, and speaker with 25 years of experience in scholarly

communication. He has served as the president of NASIG and of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen blog. Anderson was the 2013 recipient of the Harrassowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award.

Boot camp to uncover taxonomies

Running in parallel with Internet Librarian International this year is Taxonomy Boot Camp, aimed at exploring and debating the growing use of taxonomies to drive data, content, information processes and more. Delegates will find everything

they need to get started if they are brand new to taxonomies, including: • Essential tips you can start applying right away to managing your taxonomy;

• New approaches to dealing with common issues such as getting business buy-in, and governance;

• Latest applications of taxonomies including NLP, semantics and machine learning; and | @researchinfo

• How to make the most of cutting-edge technologies and industry-leading software.

The conference opens with an keynote from Paul Rissen, product manager at Springer Nature, UK, examining how information professionals should respond to a rapidly moving, ever judging, multi- faceted and complex world. He offers new approaches and ideas to help us deal with various kinds of information disorder. Also on the bill will be Tom

Reamy, chief knowledge architect at KAPS Group, USA, on ‘Selling the Benefits of Taxonomy: Numbers and Stories. When it comes to

convincing others of the benefits of having taxonomies, there is no magic formula. Reamy provides a multi- faceted approach revolving around numbers (return on investment), stories (a way to persuade people) and text analytics (an important application for well-managed taxonomies). A new feature is the

Taxonomy Boot Camp London awards, designed to highlight the best practitioners and working with taxonomies today. These awards will be presented following on from the plenary session.

Organisers will be presenting: • Taxonomy Success of the

Year– this could be anything from the small-scale but important quick win, to the personal (for example, persuading a stakeholder to adopt the taxonomy in their business area), to a successful launch in a big project; and

• Taxonomy Practitioner of the Year – for example, someone who’s gone the extra mile to support their organisation with taxonomies, or someone who got landed with managing their organisation’s taxonomy and got into it, or people who have contributed to the wider taxonomy practice, especially if they’ve done that in their own time or on their own initiative.

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