Opening Keynotes


Moderator: David Smith, CABI


Synthesizing New Forms of Scholarly Communication

Speaker: Dan Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History and Director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University


Scholarship and scholarly discussion is increasing occurring outside of the normal channels of scholarly communication, and in new shapes and sizes. Moreover, through social media scholars are able to more rapidly disseminate their work and engage their colleagues and a broader audience. Yet much of this scholarship languishes in these more informal venues. Might it be possible to aggregate, curate, and highlight this content, currently in circulation on blogs and personal, institutional, and conference websites? The PressForward project is exploring methods for filtering and building audiences for this new scholarship that may not fit into the form of an article or monograph. For instance, Digital Humanities Now, one of the PressForward publications, highlights work that has come to the attention of the digital humanities community through distribution via social media and open peer review. Dan Cohen will elaborate on the nature of this new "grey literature," its circulation, and the possible platforms for organizing and distributing it to scholarly communities.


The Business of Social and Mobile

Speaker: Larry Schwartz, co-founder and President of Newstex


Larry will focus on the monetization of content and how social media and mobile technology are transforming content distribution.  We are moving from a world of publishers to a world of content curators. Curation involves filtering and adding value to the content we receive and are exposed to everyday from all online sources, whether they are academic journals or 140-character tweets.  In the age of Twitter and Facebook, it seems like everyone is a curator/scholar now.


Larry will share several examples of how to monetize content curation around social and mobile and how to run an agile content curation company when the technology around us is changing every 6 months.

Date: 5/30/2012

Time: 5:15 PM to 6:45 PM