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Building our infrastructure to expand the research lifecycle

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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.
Sharing research early and often throughout the scientific process has the potential to rapidly accelerate the scientific enterprise and provide unique insights into the evolution and direction of scientific thought. However, without any established infrastructure for early-stage research, this segment of the market is lost. Without that interconnectedness, researchers only see the tip of the iceberg. Instead of benefitting from the rich world of early discovery - full of negative results, discarded ideas, or lines of questioning that, when viewed together, could spark future breakthroughs - the opportunity is missed. This session will explore how expanding our thinking of the research lifecycle unlocks opportunities to integrate and enrich our infrastructure while simultaneously facilitating a cultural shift that relieves pressure on the peer review and publishing processes and ultimately improves the quality and integrity of research. Furthermore, a focus on sharing and integrating research objects from earlier in the lifecycle presents a more holistic view of a researcher’s professional output that allows them to advance, connect, and accelerate the impact of their work. In this session, we’ll look practically at how technology can enhance this transformation, and the role of various stakeholders across our industry.
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?