2018 Speakers

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Carly Strasser

Director of Strategic Development for the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko)

Carly Strasser is the Director of Strategic Development for the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko). Coko builds open source software solutions for scholarly communication that foster openness, collaboration, and speed.

Previously, she was a Program Officer for the Data-Driven Discovery Initiative, an effort within the Moore Foundation’s Science Program focused on promoting academic data science. She also worked as a Research Data Specialist at the California Digital Library where she was involved in development and implementation of many of the University of California Curation Center’s services, and worked to promote data sharing and good data management practices among researchers.

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Jeff Beck

Technical Information Specialist, National Center for Biotechnology Information, US National Library of Medicine

Jeff Beck is a Technical information Specialist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the US National Library of Medicine. He has been involved in the PubMed Central project since it began in 2000. He has been working in print and then electronic journal publishing since the early 1990s. Currently he is co-chair of the NISO Z39.96 JATS Standing Committee and is a BELS-certified Editor in the Life Sciences.

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Peace Ossom-Williamson

Director for Research Data Services, University of Texas at Arlington

Peace Ossom-Williamson, MLS, MS, AHIP, is Director of Research Data Services at The University of Texas at Arlington. As an informationist and health educator, she has expertise in the provision of medical library services. In her current role, she leads the development of services around use of research data, including data management, data visualization, and use of data analysis tools.

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Christian I. J. Minter

Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Christian I. J. Minter, MSLIS, is the Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In her current role, she oversees consumer health information services, leads community outreach activities, and collaborates with faculty on systematic reviews and literature searches. Prior to her work at UNMC, Christian completed the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship program.

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James G. Smirniotopoulos

An internationally recognized neuroradiology expert, James G. Smirniotopoulos, MD, is also a pioneer in electronic and online radiologic education. He has created a legacy of innovation—correlating radiologic and pathologic images, creatively using animations and drawings, and employing a unique lecture style—all in the name of teaching more than 36,000 residents over the past 34 years. Many have come to know him through his groundbreaking work at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD. Dr. Smirniotopoulos developed MedPix®—an Open-Access Web-based teaching file application that allows cases to be shared with military and civilian physicians all over the world. Dr. Smirniotopoulos was awarded a patent for MedPix® in 2006.

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Philip E. Bourne

Stephenson Chair of Data Science and Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

Philip E. Bourne, PhD, FACMI is the Stephenson Chair of Data Science, Director of the Data Science Institute and a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. Prior to that he was the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS; aka Chief Data Scientist) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a Senior Investigator at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). In his role as ADDS he led the trans NIH US $110M per year Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) research initiative and contributed to data policies and infrastructure aimed at accelerating biomedical discovery. Examples include: establishing the NIH Commons, support for data and software citation and establishing preprints as a supported form of research. Prior to joining NIH, Dr.

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Marija Markovic

Marija Markovic is a copyright compliance expert and content manager, with experience in corporate librarian roles in the medical device and diagnostics industry. As a consultant, she helps organizations establish best practices in cost efficient and copyright compliant scientific literature access. She completed her MSLIS and MA degrees at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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Julie Eggington

Co-Founder and CEO, Center for Genomic Interpretation

Dr. Eggington is a world expert in the initial classification of novel genetic variants, high throughput literature curation, as well as the accurate re-classification of Variants of Uncertain Significance (VUS) through optimized research methods. Dr. Eggington has directed variant classification programs at Myriad Genetics, Courtagen, and 23andMe.

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Vincent Larivière

Associate Professor of Information Science, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal

Vincent Larivière is associate professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, where he teaches research methods and bibliometrics. He is also the scientific director of the Érudit journal platform, associate scientific director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies and a regular member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie. He holds a B.A. in Science, Technology and Society (UQAM), an M.A. in history of science (UQAM) and a Ph.D. in information science (McGill), and has performed postdoctoral work at Indiana University’s Department of Information and Library Science.

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Juan Pablo Alperin

Assistant Professor, Publishing Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the School of Publishing at Simon Fraser University. He is also the Associate Director of Research for the Public Knowledge Project and the co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, with training in computer science (BMath, University of Waterloo), social science (MA Geography, University of Waterloo), and education (PhD, Stanford University), who believes that research, especially when it is made freely available, has the potential to make meaningful and direct contributions to society.

Learn more about his work with the ScholCommLab at http://scholcommlab.ca and connect with him on Twitter at @juancommander.


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Anneliese Taylor

Assistant Director, Scholarly Communications & Collections, University of California San Francisco Library

Anneliese Taylor leads scholarly communication activities and oversees collection management at the University of California, San Francisco Library. She earned her MLIS at the University of Texas @ Austin, and has held librarian positions at George Mason University and Bryn Mawr College. Anneliese is passionate about open access, open science, and transformation in scholarly communication, and is involved with several OA initiatives through the University of California Libraries.

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