Session 3F

New Challenges/New Innovations
(DON'T!) Rage Against The Machine

Computational research, data and text mining, artificial intelligence, machine-learning - whatever you may call it, it is transforming EVERY aspect of your life. These computer-assisted mining activities are leading the charge in the scientific, professional and academic landscapes, and are uncovering countless relationships that were previously unrelated. This session will aim to strongly advocate for the immediate inclusion of such technologies within the scholarly, academic and research library communities to cater to the current and future needs of our research communities for the betterment of science and scientific progress. To do so, there must be a level of understanding and trust amongst the creators of scholarly content and those who will use such content via data mining services, without broad access impediments but with some consideration to create a win-win for all parties.


David Myers, DMedia Associates, Inc
David Myers, President and CEO of DMedia Associates, Inc. – Is an Information Industry expert, with over 28 years experience specializing in Strategy, Sales, Legal, Licensing and Business Development. Throughout his career, he has drafted, negotiated and closed over 500 domestic and international licensing agreements with publishing partners, customers and distributors. He has also negotiated and closed countless business alliances, strategic partnering, and revenue generation deals. Prior to starting his consulting practice, he was Executive Director, Global Licensing and Business Development with Wolters Kluwer Health for 7 years. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Business Development, WeFusion, Inc., Vice President of Business Development for Marco Polo Technologies, Senior Associate, Whitehall Montague & Cie. Investment Bankers and Strategic Planning Analyst, Texaco, Inc. In these roles, David led the development of strategic plans and developed and led the effort for new product licenses, new strategic partnering and acquisition targets. David earned a B.S. in Genetics/Business from The University of Maryland, a M.B.A. in Finance from Pepperdine University and a J.D. from American University. David is an active member of the California State Bar, a prior member of the Content Board of the Software and Information Industry Association, and of many publishing industry associations.


Simon Smith, BenchSci
Simon Smith has for 18 years applied technology to improve communication, and health. He is currently Chief Growth Officer at BenchSci, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to extract insights from biomedical research papers, and use them to help scientists run more successful experiments. Before BenchSci, Simon was SVP Strategy at Klick Health, where he won more than 10 awards for health communication, including for innovative applications of technology such as virtual reality. Simon has an undergraduate degree in journalism from Ryerson University, and a master of arts in the history and philosophy of science and technology from the University of Toronto. He writes often on science, technology, and their impact on business and society. Follow him on Twitter @simonsmith, where he shamelessly promotes those articles. Twitter Handle - @simonsmith
Tahir Mansoori,
Tahir Mansoori founded while pursuing PhD in Computational Biology at the University of Oxford with a vision to accelerate the pace of global research. He has spearheaded the development of, incorporating cutting edge technologies including artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing. Prior to his entrepreneurial journey, Tahir worked as a software consultant in the financial, healthcare and publishing sectors. Having worked closely with academia, publishers and scholarly societies, Tahir holds key insights into the disruptions and challenges of a competitive research landscape. Twitter Handle: @tmansoori
Jim Longo, HighWire Press, Inc.
Jim has led product innovations in publishing and data driven platforms for global companies including LexisNexis, Dun & Bradstreet, Intuit and he now leads the product organization at HighWire Press.
Roy Kaufman, Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
Roy Kaufman is Managing Director of New Ventures and is responsible for expanding service capabilities as CCC moves into new markets and services. Prior to CCC, Roy served as Legal Director, Wiley-Blackwell, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. He is a member of, among other things, the Bar of the State of New York, the Copyright and Legal Affairs Committee of the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers and the UK's Gold Open Access Infrastructure Program. He was the founding corporate Secretary of CrossRef, and formerly chaired its legal working group. He has lectured extensively on the subjects of copyright, licensing, open access, text/data mining, new media, artists' rights, and art law. Roy is Editor-in-Chief of Art Law Handbook: From Antiquities to the Internet and author of two books on publishing contract law. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School.
Twitter Handle: @copyrightclear