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Friday, November 6 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm
The Digital Academia Power Struggle

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According to the Scholarly Kitchen Chefs, one of the things to have the biggest impact on scholarly publishing in 2015 is the publication of data and objects (like multimedia, application code. While we have seen the launch of ‘data journals’ from the like of Elsevier and Nature in the past 12 months, we have also seen the pressure from funders for institutions to be better managing the digital products of research carried within their walls.

Funders are increasingly requiring grantees to deposit their raw research data in appropriate public archives or stores in order to facilitate the validation of results and further work by other researchers. According to the JISC and RLUK funded Sherpa Juliet site, globally there are now 34 funders who require data archiving and 16 who encourage it.

So are we on course for a collision between publishers and institutions over who has control over the digital products of research. Previous attempts by institutions to retake control of the papers through institutional repositories have been beneficial, but have not stemmed the profit margins of the big publishers. This is mainly due to the culture of academia, where for 350 years papers have been the currency and for the last 50, impact factor has been the value. This session will explore how the web enabled world of multiple digital outputs is playing out and predict what could happen in the next 12-60 months. Either way, it’ll be an interesting journey!

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Mark Hahnel

CEO, figshare
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April Hathcock

Scholarly Communications Librarian, NYU
April Hathcock is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. She received her J.D. and LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law and her M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her... Read More →

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