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NFAIS: Information Transformation: Open. Global. Collaborative.

The NFAIS 2018 annual conference, in Washington DC, focused on the ongoing transformation of scientific and technological information and the potential impact on scientists’ productivity and Innovation.

As a member of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services, Expernova could participate for the 3rd consecutive year to this intensive meeting where publishers and users of scientific data and analytics discuss the future of our industry. It’s the opportunity to think about the big picture but also the pragmatic applications.

 

Knowledge creation and innovation are generated at the boundaries and intersections of diverse disciplines and communities.

 

Ensuring an easy access to different areas of knowledge, on a global scale, must have a positive impact on discovery and economic growth. That’s the objective of “open access” new policies and initiatives, facing the persistence of publishers’ paywalls. Regardless of a long history of tension between libraries and publishers, most of the industry is now firmly committed to an open science future.

 

Impactful examples of innovation occurring at the juncture of completely dissimilar domains have been presented.

 

“Open access” to scientific literature can be considered as a critical driver of innovation. But only 15% of journal articles are openly accessible. According to a recent Springer Nature survey, 70% of professional staff in research institutions and 91% of library staff view open access as the future of academic and scientific publishing.

 

Customer experience, and the role of artificial intelligence, was also an important theme. How can chatbots disrupt the way scientists and managers consume scientific and technological information? We are still at the beginning but the scope of applications seems to be endless…