Panel: Social Learning Across Content: Imagining a World Where Readers Can Connect on Any Text
1–2:30pm ET, Friday 25 June 2021
Join a discussion among folks who are on a mission to make it possible for people to engage with each other and share ideas across all content, no matter where it's hosted or how it’s accessed. Moderated by Heather Staines, with special guests Mark Graham, Delmar Larson, Nathanael Lee, and Dan Whaley.
- Moderator: Heather Staines, Director of Community Engagement & Senior Consultant, Delta Think: Heather Staines (she/her @heatherstaines) has extensive experience in scholarly communications, supporting commercial and nonprofit publishers and service providers through global business development and community engagement. She brings broad experience in strategy and business model creation for established and startup level organizations, developing partnerships with content providers from every market segment. Her recent focus has been on open access, open source, and open infrastructure to better serve societies, university presses, and other players across books and journals. She has a long running interest in standards, identifiers, and metadata creation, working with knowledge bases, discovery services, linked data, and knowledge graphs. Heather is active in industry and professional organizations, including the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the International STM Association, and the Council of Science Editors. She’s worked with librarians and researchers through the Charleston Library Conference, NASIG, Force11, and Researcher to Reader. She currently serves on the COUNTER Board of Directors and the NISO Transfer Committee. Prior to joining Delta Think, she held roles at the nonprofits Hypothesis and MIT Knowledge Futures Group and also worked at Springer Nature, SIPX, and Proquest. She has a PhD in military and diplomatic history from Yale University.
- Mark Graham, Director, the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive: Mark Graham (he/him @markgraham) Mark Graham has created and managed innovative online products and services since 1984. As Director of the Wayback Machine, he is responsible for capturing, preserving and helping people discover and use more than 1 billion new web captures each day. In the early days of the net, he managed technology and business development at The WELL and led their effort to build the first web-based interface for online forums, and also helped bring the pre-web Internet to millions of people by running AOL's Gopher project as part of their Internet Center. Mark's nonprofit work includes volunteering with the open education library OERCommons, the nuclear war risk reduction organization N Square, and the Interspecies Communications project Interspecies I/O
- Delmar Larsen, Founder and Director, LibreTexts, and Professor, University of California, Davis: Delmar Larsen (he/him @libretexts) is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Biophysics Graduate Group in the University of California, Davis where he is also the inaugural co-Chair of the newly charged AggieOpen steering committee to promote OER efforts on campus. Delmar is the Founder and Director of the LibreTexts project, which is currently the most popular centralized OER platform online and is responsible for 2/3 billion pageviews with 5.1 millennia of confirmed student reading.
- Nathanael Lee, Senior Strategy Analyst, EBSCO: Nathanael Lee (@notanotherabc) works as Senior Strategy Analyst at EBSCO, working to improve research. He is also a husband, lifelong learner, and Gordon College alumnus.
- Dan Whaley, Founder & CEO, Hypothesis: Dan Whaley (he/him @dwhly) is the Founder and President of Hypothesis, a mission-driven organization bringing an open source, standards based annotation solution to the web as a powerful conversation layer over all knowledge. In 1994, Dan launched the online travel industry as the coder and entrepreneur who founded Internet Travel Network (ITN, later renamed GetThere). The first airline reservation made over the web was booked via a server in his living room in 1995. It was purchased in 2000 by Sabre, Inc. and today processes over $10B of travel a year.
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