NISO January WebinarWhat Can I Do with This? Making It Easy for Scholars & Researchers to Utilize Content 


The first of the 2017 NISO Webinar series, this webinar will examine the new perplexities associated with various forms of content and its subsequent reuse in other contexts. What exactly is a permissible use? For whom is that use allowed? Is there a timing factor involved? And how is one supposed to know that? Speakers will address the many concerns of readers, authors, funders, librarians, platform providers, and publishers. 


Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm (Eastern)


Featured Speakers and Topics:


Managing Access in This New World of Scholarly Research Results: Data, Software, and Ongoing Change (Volatile Content)
Maureen C. Kelly
Publishing Consultant

Maureen is the author of the ISQ article (in press): The Ongoing Challenges of Citing the Results of Scholarly Research.  Attendees are encouraged to read this (PDF) article in advance of the January 11 webinar.

Scholarly communication has long relied on the journal and journal article as the primary means of communicating research results, first in print and next in electronic equivalents of print (PDFs and HTML). Delivery infrastructures and business models have been built up to sustain this form of communication and to support access and preservation. Maureen will discuss changes underway to accommodate new content types – like data and software - that live outside the journal article. All of the systems that support delivery, discovery and preservation of journal articles need to be re-envisioned to support these new content types. Maureen will discuss work that is underway and the challenges that lie ahead.

Balancing Author, Publisher, and Reader Rights and Reuse in an Open Access World
Darla HendersonAssistant Director, Open Access Programs, ACS Publications, American Chemical Society

Attendees may want to visit and familiarize themselves with the useful resource site,, prior to the January 11 webinar event, as it will feature in Darla Henderson's presentation.

In an ever-changing environment where open access models stand alongside subscriptions, publishers and service providers are handling reuse inquiries for a collection of various open access licenses authors select. Finding the balance between making it easy for scholars and researchers to reuse content, and honoring the authors’ preferred license can be akin to walking a tight rope. Darla will explore the key issues at stake for publishers and authors, and point to important resources publishers consider when determining rights and reuse for open access content. She will share her own experience at ACS leading an effort to develop roadmaps for the reuse of open access content.

Introducing Technology-Mediated Content to the Mix
Nancy KopansVice President & General Counsel, Ithaka

Technology-mediated educational content—namely, Massive Open Online Courses—introduces new issues for intellectual property arrangements in higher education. Whereas traditionally, individual faculty assembled syllabi and readings, prepared lectures, and owned copyright in their journals articles and teaching materials, “authoring” online courses can involve substantial, integrated university resources that go beyond those required in a traditional classroom setting or in connection with creating journals articles and text books. Likewise, the use of technology-mediated content in the classroom can raise unique issues. Nancy will discuss the challenging IP issues that can arise and recommended policies for enabling academic institutions to create and promote these potentially valuable teaching and learning resources.

Kopans is a co-author of the Ithaka publication, An Academic Policy Framework for Technology-Mediated Content.  Attendees are encouraged to read the report in advance of the January 11 webinar.

Discovering Re-Use Rights via CHORUS
Howard Ratner, Executive Director, CHORUS

As a result of government and private funder mandates and gold and green open access models, more content is publicly accessible than ever before. Open questions still remain around what a researcher can do with articles that they download. CHORUS is combining Crossref’s reuse license metadata with funder identifiers and its own public accessibility audits as well as other interconnected metadata to help researchers and their institutions. Howard will explain how this space continues to evolve.

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