The STM Association held it’s Spring Conference in Washington DC this week. Over a day and a half we covered topics as diverse as the impact on creative thinking that comes from our faster lifestyle to the use of data visualization tools to bring science alive on the web. We started yesterday morning with David Levy, University of Washington talking about the fact that a “more-faster-better” culture, particularly in an academic setting gave rise to an environment where there was “no time to think”.
One of the panel sessions focused on the future and what is coming down the line for publishers. David Bousfield from Outsell showed the impact of reducing library budgets on the growth of traditional journals and contrasted that with the growth that can be seen from tools and new markets. This was followed up later in the program with a fascinating talk from Steve Miron, SVP at Wiley, on the progress that China has made in the last ten years. Papers and articles downloads from China now represent the second largest country group in the Wiley journals. Kevin Fitzpatrick from the American College of Cardiology showed just how innovative a medical society can be with an entertaining presentation of all their new initiatives from mobile apps to Walmart kiosks. The ACC believes in experimentation and I loved the quote from Jack Lewin, their CEO “You are either at the table or on the menu”.
A lively librarian panel reminded us that our customers need us to respond to their huge budget challenges. And a presentation from a post grad student at Harvard reminded us that researchers need access to a lot of journal articles to be sure they have done their homework. Then the final keynote speaker, Aleks Krotoski (@aleksk) explored the impact that the web might have on the evolution of research and peer review.
If you are interested in reading more, you can check out the tweets from the conference for the next few weeks at #stmdc.