NEW ALPSP seminars – I Never Metadata I Didn’t Like & The rise of the RFP

Thursday 31 October 2019

The rise of the RFP: How to embrace and get the most out of your RFP processes

Venue: Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London, WC2R 2PG

Registration/coffee will be from 9.30am with introductions from the chair at 10am. This seminar will end with a drinks reception.

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Chair: Nancy Roberts, Director, Business Inclusivity and Founder & CEO, Umbrella


As the publishing landscape evolves, so too does the range of suppliers and partners with whom scholarly publishers need to work. RFPs are becoming an increasingly important part of the activities of all publishers, large and small, and generally represent a significant investment which should be well managed. In this session we’ll examine the various ways in which sourcing decisions can be made, with views from both purchasers and vendor. The aim of the day will be to provide comprehensive, practical support to help attendees choose the right process, and the right partner, for their particular needs.

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Wednesday 27 November 2019

I Never Metadata I Didn’t Like

Venue: British Dental Association, Marylebone, London, W1G 8YS

This seminar ends with a drinks reception.

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Chair: Ginny Hendricks, Director of Member & Community Outreach, Crossref


Everyone involved in scholarly communications touches metadata at some point, even if you don’t call it that. Behind every manuscript submission, every link on the web, every platform launch plan, and every analytics dashboard – lies metadata. 

In a recent report surveying executives from 25 leading publishers, metadata was rated as the top element “essential to our business” but the second lowest in terms of capability. Why? Metadata is perceived by publishers as hard to do and even harder to do right. Most content is still tagged manually, which can introduce errors. Metadata’s purpose is to describe content, and as it permeates throughout hundreds or even thousands of platforms, systems, users, countries, mistakes and gaps are passed along too, which means content is often consistently misrepresented.

In this program, as the title suggests, everyone is a metadata fan! We will hear from publishers who describe their journey to enrich metadata and their lessons learned along the way. We’ll also hear from consumers of metadata who will bang the drum for an emphasis on abstracts or acceptance dates (or you name it), and from infrastructure organisations who attempt to collaborate to make it easier for everyone to do better. 

What can we each do to invest, prove the ROI and improve the completeness and accuracy of metadata for all research outputs?

Metadata is said to be “a love letter to the future”. Let’s get together for a day and design our future.

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