Seminar 1

Pre-Meeting Seminar
The Open Source Bazaar: Building a Sustainable Open Ecosystem for Scholarly Communication

Scholarly communication technology and infrastructure is dominated by closed proprietary silos, riddled with gaps and saddled with rising costs that are holding back the speed and transparency of science and scholarship. Open and shared infrastructure will transform the sector, offering low cost and reliable solutions that evolve to meet future needs.

Increasing consolidation in the scholarly communications industry on top of proprietary platform silos have left publishers with limited options. As a result, many are looking for innovative open source solutions that will remain independent and within the control of the community. There are many new and promising solutions emerging, including open source technologies for book or journal workflow, data storage, hosting, annotation/collaboration tools, and more.

This pre-meeting seminar will investigate how a fully open, digital-first technology and service ecosystem is already emerging and offer practical ways to engage with and utilize it. The session will include a mix of panel speakers and demonstrations of tools and workflows, leaving ample time for discussion. Open source solutions represented include Coko Foundation, ScienceFair, eLife, MIT, Stencila, Hypothesis, Hindawi, DAT, Open Source Alliance for Open Science, and others.


Kristen Fisher Ratan, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CoKo)
Kristen Ratan is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to evolve how knowledge is created, produced and shared. Kristen has a 20-year history working to accelerate advances in science and research communication, most recently as Publisher at the Public Library of Science (PLOS). Prior to that, Kristen held leadership positions at HighWire Press, Atypon and BIOSIS.  Kristen is on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Physics Publishing, the Code for Science and Society, and Community Resources for Science. She also serves on numerous advisory boards and industry committees. Twitter Handle: @KristenRatan
Heather Staines,
Heather Ruland Staines, PhD, is Director of Partnerships at Hypothesis, a non-profit in the annotation/collaboration space. Her previous roles include Director for the ProQuest Global Content Alliance and VP Publisher Content Strategy, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange), Global eProduct Manager and Senior Manager eOperations, Springer SBM (now Springer Nature). She began her publishing career as a book acquisitions editor for Praeger Publishers, where she was eventually Editorial Director for Praeger Security International, a multi-format imprint. She is a frequent participant in industry events, including the Society for Scholarly Publishing, American Library Association ALCTS CRS, ALPSP, Force11 and more. In August 2016, she joined Project COUNTER as a member of its Board of Directors. She is part of NISO's Transfer Standing Committee, NASIG's Digital Preservation Task Force, RA21 Working Group, and the STM Association's Futurelab and Programming Committee. She earned a PhD in Military History from Yale University. Twitter Handle: @heatherstaines


Dan Whaley,
Dan is a coder and entrepreneur who created the first online travel reservation company on the web (ITN/GetThere) in 1995. He wrote much of the software, launched the business and guided the long term technical and product vision. GetThere went public in 1999 and was sold to Sabre in 2000 with nearly 600 employees while processing approximately 50% of travel transacted online. Dan currently serves as a director of Sauce Labs, the leading open source functional testing company and Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing company. He is a Shuttleworth Fellow.
Alison McGonagle-O'Connell, Coko Foundation
Nathan Lisgo, eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd
Nathan Lisgo is Senior Drupal Developer for eLife, a non-profit organisation that aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. Nathan joined eLife’s technology team in November 2013, with almost 20 years of experience in developing web applications. In recent years, he has made many contributions to the open-source Drupal project while building multiple solutions with the platform. Twitter Handle: @nlisgo
Juan Alperin, Public Knowledge Project
Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches about the role of technology in publishing and in society. He is also the Associate Director of Research for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), where he has worked on open source solutions for scholarly publishing for over 10 years. He's interested in a broad range of issues in scholarly publishing, technological and social, but has paid special attention to open access, the public's use of scholarly work, and in all things Latin America.
John Chodacki, California Digital Library
John Chodacki is Director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at California Digital Library (CDL). As Director of UC3, John works across the UC campuses and the broader community to ensure that CDL’s digital curation services meet the emerging needs of the scholarly community, including digital preservation, data management, and reuse. In addition, John represents CDL in the global research community (funders, libraries, archives, publishers, researchers) and defines and prioritizes new and improved services for UC3. Prior to CDL, John worked at Public Library of Science (PLOS) where, as Product Director, he was responsible for long-range product strategy and led key organization-wide initiatives in taxonomy development, data policy, and article-level metrics. Twitter Handle - @chodacki
Dan Morgan, University of California Press
Dan Morgan is Publisher at the University of California Press, with responsibility for the Press’ non-traditional journals program, which includes the value-sharing OA journals, Collabra: Psychology and Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, plus Case Studies in the Environment and more. He joined UC Press in June 2014 to focus on mission-driven, not-for-profit, digital initiatives. He has worked in scholarly publishing for over 15 years, in publishing management, research, open access, open science, communication, and strategy roles. Much of that time was at Elsevier where he ended up the head of the Psychology and Cognitive Sciences journals group, then Senior Manager for Open Access and other outreach for North America. He is a passionate advocate for simplified communication, open science/access, scientific rigor, and enhancing scholarly publishing operations. Twitter Handles - @djjmorgan @CollabraOA