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Building Access, Openness, and Sharing

Virtual Conference


What do we need in order to build a research environment where streamlined digital access is the norm? Addressing technical debt is one challenge, but what are some of the others? All of us have an interest in furthering the expansion of knowledge, so what innovations, what approaches have the past two years proven to be most effective? What can stakeholders envision for the future? Focusing on both platform technology and the policies that govern those platforms, this virtual event will look at some of the practices and policies that are critical to supporting expanded access and sharing of scholarship.

Among others, confirmed speakers include Kaveh Bazargan, Director, River Valley Technologies, Barry Bealer, Consultant, Stephanie Dawson, CEO, Science Open, Heather Kotula, Director of Marketing, Access Innovations; Mark Hahnel, CEO and Founder, Figshare; and Brian Nosek, Executive Director, Center for Open Science.


Event Sessions

12:00 Noon - 12:15 Welcome


12:15pm - 12:45pm Keynote: What Have We Built?


Todd Carpenter will interview Stephanie Dawson, CEO, Science Open

12:45 pm - 1:15pm. Open Data Policies: Opportunities, compliance and technology strategies


Researchers are increasingly encouraged to share data supporting their publications. The case for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data is reflected in a large number of initiatives to make this achievable while supporting data integrity and openness. 

With a growing number of funders, publishers and institutions worldwide mandating the open access of articles and data, there is a growing need for sustainable infrastructure to support these requirements. While most trends are encouraging around the adoption and acceptance of open data, the research community is now demanding more enforcement of the mandates that have been adopted by many governments and funders. 

At Figshare we have seen many engaged funders and governments, most notably the recent memorandum from the Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology Policy, requiring that data that they fund be published. This has also led to national initiatives for Research data management and dissemination. This talk will cover how organisations can best balance and plan for open data compliance, with a focus on the technological and workflow best practices.

Resources, Literature, and more!

The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery by Tony Hey - This collection of essays expands on the vision of pioneering computer scientist Jim Gray for a new, fourth paradigm of discovery based on data-intensive science."

Ripeta Report: The State of Trust & Integrity in Research - This report has highlighted the significant and critical role funding agencies and other research stakeholders have in improving the integrity of research.

Scientist and data architect collaborate to curate and archive an inner ear electrophysiology data collection by Jason Bengston and Brenda Farrell

1:15 - 1:45 Technology and Satisfying Open Science Requirements


Kaveh Bazargan, Director of River Valley Technologies, will address the challenges of moving from the traditional "paper"-based publication model to one that embraces full openness, taking into account the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science as well as the White House OSTP Memo on Federally Funded Research. Kaveh will also show examples of making publications interactive as well as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Comfort Break

2:30pm - 3:00pm Adding Value in Surfacing Content


Heather Kotula

VP of Marketing and Communications
Access Innovations, Inc.

Heather Kotula, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Access Innovations, will talk about using semantics extracted from digital content to foster connections and collaborations among researchers to further the expansion of knowledge, improving access to non-print content such as video and audio files, and the role AI can play in these contexts.

3:00 - 3:30 Maximizing the Investment in Technology


Consultant Barry Bealer will address the question of how organizations can successfully procure the best technology that will have the greatest impact for their purposes while minimizing the disruption to the organizational workflow. Today more than ever legacy systems need to be replaced and new technologies need to be incrementally embraced to keep up with changing business and delivery models.  In this session Barry will review best practices for procuring technology to minimize the impact on the organization while gaining more efficiencies and organizational flexibility.

3:30pm - 4:00pm Vision Interview with Todd Carpenter


Brian Nosek

Co-Founder, Executive Director
Center for Open Science

Todd Carpenter will interview Brian Nosek of the Center for Open Science with an eye to the future of how we build a more open information environment. 

Additional Information

NISO assumes organizations register as a group. The model assumes that an unlimited number of staff will be watching the live broadcast in a single location, but also includes access to an archived recording of the event for those who may have timing conflicts. 

NISO understands that, during the current pandemic, staff at a number of organizations may be practicing safe social distancing or working remotely. To accommodate those workers, we are allowing registrants to share the sign-on instructions with all colleagues so that they may join the broadcast directly. 

Registrants receive sign-on instructions via email on the Friday prior to the virtual event. If you have not received your instructions by the day before an event, please contact NISO headquarters for assistance via email ( 

Registrants for an event may cancel participation and receive a refund (less $35.00) if the notice of cancellation is received at NISO HQ ( one full week prior to the event date. If received less than 7 days before, no refund will be provided. 

Links to the archived recording of the broadcast are distributed to registrants 24-48 hours following the close of the live event. Access to that recording is intended for internal use of fellow staff at the registrant’s organization or institution. Speaker presentations are posted to the NISO event page.

Broadcast Platform

NISO uses the Zoom platform for purposes of broadcasting our live events. Zoom provides apps for a variety of computing devices (tablets, laptops, etc.) To view the broadcast, you will need a device that supports the Zoom app. Attendees may also choose to listen just to audio on their phones. Sign-on credentials include the necessary dial-in numbers, if that is your preference. Once notified of their availability, recordings may be downloaded from the Zoom platform to your machine for local viewing.