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All are invited to research nexus: widening participation in co-creating a complete scholarly record Recording

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NISO Plus 2023 was a virtual global event which happened around the world on February 14-16, 2023. Building on our track record of engagement and conversation, we brought the same quality of content from 2020-2022 to our 2023 gathering. Dozens of amazing speakers and keynotes from across the globe share their knowledge and expertise on important topics for the information community.
In this session speakers will discuss the topics of metadata completeness, and talk of inclusivity strategies that help expand contributions into the overall global record of scholarship.

The scholarly record is a reflection of the continuous progress made by multiple actors within the context of scientific structures and processes, across disciplines and geographies. What we think of as metadata is expanding, and the notion of ‘content types’ is changing. New, unfamiliar and disruptive actors are sometimes met with apprehension in the world of scholarly communications. Yet, we’re all here to make the progress of scholarship visible and discoverable. Transparency and completeness of scholarly records will help understand the impact of research, funding, and changing policies. It can support a more robust and comprehensive assessment of research, and contribute to improving integrity within as well as public trust in science.

The foundation of scholarly record completeness is broad, perhaps even universal, participation of actors involved in the progress of scholarship in documenting its progress, sharing metadata and building structured relationships between them. Therefore, inclusion of all relevant organizations into this transparent documentation process is essential and we invite a range of speakers to share and discuss effective strategies.
Kaveh Bazargan, Director of River Valley Technologies, will address the challenges of moving from the traditional "paper"-based publication model to one that embraces full openness, taking into account the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science as well as the White House OSTP Memo on Federally Funded Research. Kaveh will also show examples of making publications interactive as well as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
Over the past few months, everyone has had to become accustomed to meeting in virtual environments, as well as mastering other technologies that allow us to continue to work together collaboratively — within and outside our organizations. This roundtable discussion will address both the fun side of learning new ways of working together and the deeper issues of setting expectations, accommodating different requirements, and identifying the constraints that made clear where boundaries would be needed.
Increasingly, funders at state and local levels require accessibility in licensed information products and services. What does that mean for libraries and content providers? Are there guidelines that ensure compliance? What guarantees are there? What are the challenges in developing robust accessibility in a product or service? How can decision-makers ensure that a product is compliant before they sign the license? This roundtable discussion offers an opportunity to hear from users, experts, and practitioners about what is working (and what’s not). Confirmed roundtable participants include (among others) Rachel Comerford, Senior Director of Accessibility Outreach and Communications, Macmillan Learning; Violaine Iglesias, CEO, Cadmore Media; ​​Stephen Kemsley, User Experience Manager and Web Accessibility Specialist (IAAP certified), ProQuest, a division of Clarivate; and John Unsworth, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Virginia.
According to Wikipedia, the preprint is a “version of a scholarly or scientific paper that precedes publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly or scientific journal”. Preprint archives, such as arXiv and SSRN, rapidly achieved prominence in both the hard and social sciences as rapid access to new work became a priority. It’s wonderful to have those platforms, but what are best practices for libraries and other content providers in working with them? Should preprints be assigned DOIs? What relationship should exist between pre-prints and discovery services? What is the interoperability with link resolvers like? What are the implications for citation practices?