My Chat with Ian Russell & Ending on a Semantic Note





ALPSP’s Ian Russell

Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet for the first time ALPSP‘s "new" executive director.  Veteran publisher Ian Russell has actually been at his post at the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers for two (short) years now.

I don’t seem to have taken a picture of him. (Hmmm. ???)  So I hope he will not mind that I stole one from the ALPSP web site.

Ian led off our discussion by telling me that ALPSP has recently issued the 3rd of its longitudinal studies, based on a survey of 500 commercial and academic publishers, tracking trends related to electronic journal publishing, Scholarly Publishing Practice 3

I didn’t get a chance to review the report, but based on the summary of key findings at the ALPSP web site, I can see that it addresses many of the topics we have been discussing on this blog:

  • The proportion of publishers offering optional open access to authors has grown from 9% in 2005 to 30% in 2008. However, the take-up of the author pays open access option is exceedingly low.
  • Licensing terms have become more generous, as publishers have become more comfortable with the use of digital content, including allowing use in Virtual Learning Environments and repurposing to create learning objects.
  • Publishers are at different stages of development in their implementation of Web 2.0 technologies, with 20% enabling collaborative tagging and between 10% and 15% implementing forums, blogs and podcasts for a journal.

During our talk Ian also referred to various semantic-based (that’s Web 3.0 stuff) activities going on in the publishing community.

He specifically referred me to Ingenta, which has used a semantic platform in the development of its new Metastore.  According to the Ingenta blog,the platform will support publishers in the creation of "virtual journals," by combining articles into new packages and will also support publishers in uploading ancillary materials,including the data sets that back up reported research.

I saw a bit of all of these things as I reported to you my impressions of this year’s Online Information conference.

Though I wish I could have seen, heard and discovered more, I think it’s only fitting that my coverage begins with open access, passes through Web. 2.0, and ends on semantic technologies.

In the slides from Joe Buzzanga’s talk on illumin8, Joe projected that we would arrive at Web 3.0 (semantic web) in 2010.  I have seen the inklings of it here and now.

Journal articles, as containers of knowledge, may not be going away any time soon, but it’s increasingly clear that a layer of rich, enabling services is soon going to go on top of them, possibly upsetting our apple cart once again,and giving us a whole new definition of what online information services are.  No surprise that things are changing again.  That’s the history of this "online" show.

There were many other vendors I should liked to have seen, but–as always happens at this event–time ran out.

See you next year.

Dick Kaser

ITI VP, Content

P.S.  Look for my final report in Computers in Libraries magazine (Feb. ’08 issue).

2 Responses to “My Chat with Ian Russell & Ending on a Semantic Note”

  1. Event Organizer January 14, 2009 at 3:41 am #

    if you know such “handy resources” i’d like to know some of them please.

    Waiting your reply


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