DISRUPTION IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY: DIGITAL, ANALYTICS & THE FUTURE
CONFERENCE: 20TH JUNE 2014, EDINBURGH
**Registration is now open!**
Disruption in the Publishing Industry: Digital, Analytics & the Future
Date: 20th June, 9am - 5:30pm
Venue: Business School, University of Edinburgh
Tickets from £79 (earlybird)
We are looking forward to welcoming you to the second annual Disruption in the Publishing Industry
conference! The publishing industry is now changing faster than ever before due to internet services,
digital publishing, data analytics, free blogging platforms and print on demand business models. How will this continue to evolve
in the future? Will the erosion of traditional publishing methods continue and how will publishing
develop? What are the growing entrepreneurial opportunities in this dynamic industry?
Last year the conference attracted over 200 delegates, in addition to more than 100 online viewers.
The conference was so popular that we are running the sequel on 20th June this year! You can read what
last year's delegates thought here and watch videos of the talks
Join us for a day of talks exploring the disruptive forces in the publishing industry.
You can register here.
Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as
co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a
proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common
themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.
Ian Ritchie, CBE
Imagine it's late 1990, and you've just met a nice young man named Tim Berners-Lee, who starts telling
you about his proposed system called the World Wide Web. Ian Ritchie was there. And ... he didn't buy it.
A short story about information, connectivity and learning from mistakes. Ritchie founded and managed Office
Workstations Limited (OWL) in Edinburgh in 1984. OWL became the first and largest supplier of
Hypertext/Hypermedia authoring tools (a forerunner to the World Wide Web) for personal computers based
on its Guide product. OWL was sold to Panasonic of Japan in December 1989. He is the author of 'New Media
Publishing - Opportunities from the digital revolution'.
Timo Hannay is Managing Director of Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers, founded in late
2010, that creates software for researchers. He previously worked at Nature Publishing Group (also a division
of Macmillan) in a variety of online roles, latterly as director of nature.com. In his former lives, Timo
was a research neurophysiologist (in Oxford and Tokyo), a journalist (at The Economist and Nature) and a
management consultant (at McKinsey & Co.). He lives in London and has a strong interest in all things
John Gilbey is a writer, photographer, educator, and project manager at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
For the past two decades, his fiction and non-fiction stories have appeared in the likes of Nature, New
Scientist, and the Guardian. John's science-fiction stories often take place in the tangible few
decades to come, allowing him to play with scientific ideas while working within the framework of a familiar
reality. His first-hand experiences with science and the culture of science inform the stories.
Jan Velterop is a science publisher. Born in the Netherlands, he was originally a
marine geologist and became a science publisher in the mid-1970s. He started his publishing
career at Elsevier. After a few years out of the scientific field as the director of the
Dutch regional newspaper De Twentsche Courant, he returned to international science publishing
at Academic Press in London. After that, he joined Nature as director for a short while, but
moved quickly on to help get BioMed Central, the first commercial Open Access (OA) science
publisher, off the ground. Jan was one of the small group of people who first defined OA in 2001
in a meeting resulting in the Budapest Open Access Initiative. In 2005 he joined Springer
Science+Business Media in the UK as Director of OA. Springer was the first mainstream STM
(Science, Technology, Medicine) publisher to offer OA as an option for virtually all its
scientific and scholarly journals. At the end of March, 2008, he left Springer to join Knewco,
a company that uses semantic technology to accelerate scientific discovery. Since January
2009 he is involved in the Concept Web Alliance as one of the initiators. He is currently
CEO of the recent start-up AQnowledge. As such he is a partner in the Innovative Medicines
Initiative project known as OpenPHACTS.
Mark is the founder of figshare, an open data tool that allows researchers to publish all of
their data in a citable, searchable and sharable manner. Mark is a former stem cell biologist,
having completed his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London and previously studied
genetics in both Newcastle and Leeds. He is passionate about open science and the potential it
has to revolutionize the research community. For more information
Michelle is an idealist who wants to make the world a better and more fair place. She is
passionate about diversity, civil liberties, democracy, and equality, is interested in open access
and open research data, and fascinated by technology. She is currently working with the
Open Knowledge Foundation.
Rachel is the Founder and 'Chief Everything Officer' for Luzme,
the ebook search site. Rachel has been working at the bleeding edge of technology for nearly 3 decades.
She's been on the Internet since 1986, and has watched with fascination how this most disruptive of technologies
changes everything when introduced into established industries.
Twitter: @rwillmer @askluzme