PSP Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Digital Publishing


The seminar series consists of three 90-minute sessions, concentrating on an important current issue(s) in digital publishing.  We offer a 45-minute presentation followed by a 45-minute Q&A with discussion.  

Previous topics include:

Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Digital Publishing: Future Shock Today: How AI Technologies will Change Scholarly Publishing – Fall 2017
Overview: From the realm of fantasy, technology once only dreamed of is becoming a real part of our daily lives. But advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) are also making important in-roads into serious scholarly and professional research and communication and are poised to change how scholarship is done. These changes will present challenges and opportunities to the scholarly and professional publishing community, affecting not only how such scholarship is created and disseminated, but also providing new tools and processes enabling publishers to work faster, smarter, and to better effect.  Whether it's research and content creation drawing upon huge volumes of data, finding cutting edge authors and more efficiently evaluating content while speeding the publishing process, getting that content to the right consumers and even opening new markets, or the ability of AI technologies to amplify human intelligence and improve on current technologies, AI promises to bring about significant changes in professional and scholarly publishing. This three-part seminar series will explore these topics and the practical aspects of the real applications of technologies that were once the stuff of science fiction.

Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Digital Publishing: Metrics, New Metrics, and Their Significance – Fall 2016
Overview: The environment of measuring the significance and impact of scholarly communication is changing, and the metrics to make those assessments is changing, too. As the channels for academic and scholarly publication move beyond the traditional book and journal, so, too, are spaces where scholarship is viewed, discussed, challenged, and measured. From blogs to social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, assessing the reach and impact of a paper or publication is moving past the traditional metrics of downloads and citations. This seminar series will examine the current state of traditional metrics and the challenges they face, the emerging and potentially disruptive systems of alternative metrics (altmetrics), and what the consequences of this changing landscape has on real-world decision-making for funding institutions, the university, and scholars themselves. 

Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Digital Publishing: Exceeding Users Expectations – Fall 2015
Overview: Success in publishing depends on anticipating—not just meeting—the needs of professionals and scholars whose informational requirements may be high, inflexible, and far from obvious. Digital technology can help address those needs better than ever, but applied incorrectly, technology can also perilously isolate publishers from their audiences. In this series of seminars, speakers will explore the major challenges to serving today’s scholars, the common mistakes that well-meaning publishers make, and tested strategies for delivering precisely the right content when, where, and how users need it. Publishers must dare to be visionary, flexible, and learn from any failures to succeed in meeting users’ real needs, whether they know them or not.

Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Digital Publishing: “Education” – Fall 2014
Objective: PSP publishers face a dynamically changing landscape in the broad education market--economic, pedagogic, and technical--as governments, educational institutions, instructors, and students navigate new ways of teaching and learning and, significantly, how all levels of education interact with publishers' content.  The Fall seminar series will examine topics that affect all levels of learning from secondary schools, undergraduate, post-graduate, and continuing professional education by discussing the emerging adaptive learning environment, new methods of delivering necessary professional instruction, and how changes in government funding are affecting support for some areas of study even as those fields are receiving new pressure to expand. 

Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Electronic Publishing: “The Specialty Series” - Spring 2014
Objective: There are many exciting and new developments occurring in our industry from MOOCS, to semantic technology and industry initiatives like CHORUS, Cross-ref, Fund-ref, etc.  This seminar series titled “The Specialty Series” will feature three great topics and presenters.

Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Electronic Publishing: Digital Piracy – Fall 2013
Objective: With the rise of digital editions in the professional and scholarly publishing industry, we are now faced with the problem of infinite and cost-free replication of our content that plagued the film and music industries before us: digital piracy offering journal and book content for free download across the globe. The impact of such piracy has the potential to substantially impact vital revenue streams, and presents issues to sales, distribution, and marketing that can often be difficult to address.  This three part series will present an overview of how piracy functions, who is pirating our content, what legal remedies are available to publishers, what strategies for combating piracy have and have not worked in other industries, and what steps publisher might take toward converting pirates into paying customers.

Seminar Series on Selected Topics in Electronic Publishing: Advertising Sales – Spring 2013
Objective: Advertising can be an important source of revenue in professional and scholarly publishing but the world is changing quickly. Do you know how the changing advertising market can affect your products? This series will provide our membership an introduction and overview of the shift from print to digital advertising currently underway in the PSP industry.  The three part series will look at what has worked in the past, what still works and what is likely to work in the future.