NISO In-Person Forum: Using the Web as an E-Content Distribution Platform: Challenges and Opportunities

NISO In-Person Forum: Using the Web as an E-Content Distribution Platform: Challenges and Opportunities

DATE: October 21 – 22, 2014

LOCATION: University of Chicago Booth School of Business – Gleacher Center

Livestream option also available for remote attendance (all in-person and remote registrants receive access to the recorded version)



Web technologies have changed, and continue to change, the way that content is delivered to libraries and to users. Currently e-journals are delivered through platforms but the final object is still often a PDF file. E-books are generally delivered as a downloadable file to a stand-alone e-reader. However, with the advent of the Open Web Platform using standards such as HTML5, we are looking at a new era of separating the content from the container. The web as a distribution platform offers many new opportunities for more utilization of multimedia and streaming media, embedding of apps, increased linkages and interoperability between related content, greater interactivity with content, social sharing of user-generated content related to a “publication,” text mining, and much more that hasn’t even been imagined yet.


(Detailed agenda available at:

Day 1

Keynote Speaker – Timo Hannay, Managing Director, Digital Science
History and Legacy Systems – Bruce Rosenblum, CEO, Inera, Inc.
Production and Implementation – Barry Bealer, RSi Content Solutions
Current Implementations Looking Towards Next Generation Systems – Jake Zarnegar, Silverchair
Next Generation Systems
Gregg Gordon, President and CEO, Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, SVP, Journal and Data Solutions, Elsevier
Future Work
Alberto Pepe, Associate Research Scientist at Harvard University and Co-founder of Authorea
Maryann Martone, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego
Day 2

Panel discussion: What Librarians want in a Discovery Platform – Moderated by Sommer Browning, Discovery Access Librarian, University of Denver
Retooling Metadata Around Linked Data Principles
John Mark Ockerbloom, Digital Library Architect and Planner, University of Pennsylvania
Jeff Penka, Director of Channel and Product Development, Zepheira
Educational Publishing, Platform Providers, and E-Reserves – Speaker TBA
Closing Address: Looking Toward the Future – R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies; Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse


Discounts for both in-person and livestream are available to NISO and SSP (Society for Scholarly Publishing) members and for students.

An early bird registration discount for in-person attendees is available through October 7, 2014. There are separate registration links on the webpage for in-person and live streaming registrations. Live streaming registration is per site (access for one computer). All registrants, in-person and livestream, will receive access to the recorded version of the forum for one year.

Visit the event webpage for more information and to register: If you have additional questions about the forum or the livestream, please contact

Note: Live streaming success is dependent on many factors, some of which are outside NISO’s control. We are not anticipating any particular issues with the live streaming technology for this event, but if problems occur and the Forum is inaccessible for the streaming attendee(s), we will communicate a schedule for refunds, based on the circumstances.

Cynthia Hodgson
Technical Editor / Consultant
National Information Standards Organization