As leaders in digital innovation, we’re constantly considering and testing the impact of new technology and fresh approaches to hone best practise, enhance user experience and grow revenues. These are some of our latest thoughts and findings:
When we launched HighWire back in 1995, the Internet was transforming the way academic research content was developed, hosted and communicated. It was an exciting time. The rapidly accelerating online era brought published content to international research communities in an instant. This was access like never before.
Why look back? The very nature of the scholarly sector is about advancement.
The first week of December was a busy one for STM publishing, with both CISPC 2018 and STM Week taking place in London.
The week kicked off with CISPC (Challenges in the Scholarly Publishing Cycle); a valuable one-day conference centred around the recent annual survey conducted by Research Information and focusing on perspectives and recommendations from the publishing, library and research sectors.
At a recent technology workshop we asked the attendees to outline what they thought that Artificial Intelligence and decision-support could do for them. The first response was that these technologies could be used to "make long meetings shorter". Far from being flippant this desire to ‘make meetings shorter’ shows the continuing relevance of the old management adage that “if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it”. It’s a self-evident truth that understanding what to measure and how to measure it is critical to the success of any business or organization.
You may remember that the drinks brand Martini ran an advertising campaign with the strapline "anytime, any place, anywhere". Back in the 1990's early adopting digital businesses and the businesses that served them used this famous line to describe their ambitions for the delivery of their media. Back in those days technology had not quite caught up with the aspiration - as anyone who remembers wrestling with 2G data connections will testify. The 2018 landscape has evolved significantly:
The scholarly ecosystem has radically changed since the initial impact of digital technologies on our community in the early- to mid-1990s. As a community, we have collectively strived to both drive and embrace the sea changes that have resulted over the last 20+ years. Of course when faced with such a rapid evolution the forecasting or predicting of new or emerging trends has become key.
Alvin Toffler defined change as 'the process by which the future invades our lives'. Toffler's famous thesis is that too much change too fast results in a 'future shock' as we struggle to maintain the pace. It's interesting that one consequence of our rapidly changing world is a cultural shift that positions rapidity - of delivery, service and access - as an end in itself.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a ‘hot’ technology in many different sectors from Financial Services to Retail to Transportation. When a technological innovation becomes the stuff of widespread media attention, the mainstream definitions tend to become malleable, and terms that describe different processes or applications quickly become synonymous.
We help scientific and scholarly publishers stay ahead of research and education trends, adapt to changing user demands, and increase revenues across channels. HighWire continually invests in data science across all our products to offer integrated analytics and insights that drive digital innovation. The evolution of print and digital publishing is accelerating.
Emerging Trends: Post-publication changes designed for an online world
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