Demystifying Open Science

A Maverick Panel Discussion

Open science along with open data, open access, transparency, and collaboration, are widely discussed concepts central to research in scholarly publishing. The idea that research can be made more effective through Open Science has strong appeal. With governments, funders, organizations, and researchers in favor of establishing open science practices, there are implications reaching across most functions of organizations and it can seem a bit overwhelming at times.

Maverick has assembled a team of experts to demystify open science and help publishers confront both its inherent challenges and opportunities. Moderated by Maverick CEO, Rebecca Rinehart, our panel discussion explores open science and open data from the business, operational, and cultural perspectives.

Each participant represents a different aspect of the issue, but all converge on the theme of adding value to the research process and the scientific literature, the need for collaboration and education, and overcoming barriers. The panelists discuss practical solutions and insights into operationalizing open science to the benefit of the entire community.

Perspectives are provided by Ruth King, Senior Associate, Open Science, Maverick Publishing Specialists; Michelle Urberg, PhD, MSLIS, Affiliate Associate, Maverick Publishing Specialists; Nancy Roberts, PhD, Head of Technology & Content, Maverick Publishing Specialists.

View the panel discussion.

About the panelists:

Ruth King, Senior Associate, Open Science

Ruth King is a publishing professional with deep experience of open science, change management and process development. She has worked in open access publishing since its inception and brings experience from a breadth of business types, from a start-up company using a new business model to global corporate environments.

Michelle Urberg, PhD, MSLIS, Affiliate Associate

Michelle is a publishing professional and trained librarian and musicologist, whose expertise encompasses end-to-end metadata standards use, creation, and conversion. She has deep knowledge of metadata, analytics, and principles governing discovery. Michelle was a metadata librarian for the ExLibris business unit of ProQuest, where her work involved metadata transformation (including KBART and XML), MARC cataloging, developing metadata creation workflows, and managing open access metadata across multiple platforms. She holds a PhD in music history and an MS library and information science.

Nancy Roberts, PhD

Nancy Roberts is the Head of Technology and Content for Maverick Publishing Specialists and founder of diversity and inclusion startup, Umbrella Analytics. She has worked in a variety of production and operational roles across publishing for the past 20 years, following on from the completion of her postgraduate publishing diploma at West Herts College. She has a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Literary Theory and an Executive MBA from Cranfield University.

Rebecca Rinehart

Maverick CEO, Rebecca Rinehart is a publishing professional with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of scientific, technical, and medical publishing across books, journals, periodicals, and digital. She is the former publisher of American Psychiatric Publishing, a division of the American Psychiatric Association, and the world’s leading publisher on psychiatry, mental health, and behavioral science. Her other prior experience includes senior level positions overseeing publications at The Endocrine Society, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Harper & Row Publishers.

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