A Reminder That Actual Data Matter image

The recent results of the US Presidential election, which surprised pundits and pollsters alike, are a reminder that hidden variables can influence prognostications and projections, which is why having the actual data at your fingertips is so important. Working at a company that helps librarians and publishers “see what they’re missing” by giving them purpose-built access to critical decision-making data brings this point home in a very salient manner. We often work with clients and potential clients who have a more impressionistic view of their market and trends around particular customers or providers, and use these watercolored perceptions to make decisions. As we’ve just seen, this imperfect view can lead to unexpected outcomes and set back sales efforts or budgeting processes ...

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The Spirit and Excitement of the Charleston Conference image

Like any great college town, Ann Arbor is buzzing with Fall festivities, a sense of accomplishment that midterms are over, and plenty of football. We know a thing or two about winning at the University of Michigan, but the last few years have been tough. Now the tide is turning, and we are proud to sit next to two top programs, one of which is Clemson University – one of South Carolina’s most distinctive schools. The last time we were second in the nation was a decade ago, when I was fresh out of library school, living in Ann Arbor, and embarking on a new career digitizing historical books and research content. The excitement of that time is exactly how ...

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Reflections on Fall and Frankfurt Book Fair image

Every October, the Keats line, “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” comes to mind (somewhere, a college lit professor from my past rejoices). I love the sights, smells, and tastes of autumn, especially in New England, with its famous fall foliage. But for me, October not only means apple cider and roasted squash, the sudden ubiquity of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and a rash of bizarre behavior (this year, it’s scary clown incidents), but also the annual trek to Germany for the Frankfurt Buchmesse/Book Fair. Like many of my colleagues, I was in awe when I first saw the Frankfurt festhalle. I’d been told it was bigger than any conference I’d ever seen, and it did not disappoint. Now the sheer ...

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RedLink Network Adds to Advisory Council image

Howard Ratner, Executive Director, CHORUS, has joined the RedLink Network Advisory Council, which helps guide RedLink Network as a public benefit company. Ratner joins a strong group of librarians, publishers, and technologists already on the RedLink Network Advisory Council. “RedLink Network takes a sensible approach to workflow and security, with two-factor authentication and information sharing in a trusted network. Librarians and publishers face common challenges around organizational identity management. Innovations like RedLink Network are vital to helping the industry adapt to a rapidly changing landscape.” commented Ratner. “Technical approaches that foster use of open standards and collaboration across all stakeholders represent the most promising ways to overcome our mutual infrastructure challenges.” Ratner continued. About RedLink Network RedLink Network is a public benefit company that ...

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RedLink Network Launches image

RedLink Network, a public benefit company, launches free IP registry service, adds new member to Advisory Council RedLink Network launches a unique, free, community-driven IP registry service to advance secure, reliable access to subscription content; Howard Ratner, Executive Director, CHORUS, joins library, publishing, and technology leaders on Advisory Council. Westborough, MA (August 2, 2016) – Last week, RedLink Network, a newly formed public benefit company, announced the launch of its free IP registry service for libraries and publishers to help them deliver secure access to subscribed content more reliably and efficiently. As a free service, RedLink Network invites rapid adoption among librarians and publishers to make IP-based authentication more efficient and secure. Thousands of libraries and hundreds of publishers are ...

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RedLink at SSP Annual Meeting 2016 image

RedLink is attending the SSP Annual Meeting on June 1st-3rd, 2016 at Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC. This year, the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Annual Meeting is focused on “Crossing Boundaries: New Horizons in Scholarly Communication”. Visit the RedLink booth (111B) to connect with us and learn about our offerings for publishers and librarians. RedLink provides intuitive products that bring usage and network data at your fingertips. If you would like to learn more about how, please do get in touch, as we would be delighted to arrange a chat with you and one of our product experts. Click here to book a meeting. You can also catch members of our team at the following sessions and events: Wednesday, June ...

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Kent Anderson at 2016 IDPF DigiCon image

Kent Anderson, CEO, RedLink will be talking at the 2016 IDPF DigiCon on May 10th, 2016. His presentation will be focused on “Surprising Solutions From the Scholarly Sphere”. The fast-paced digital world has created so many unrealized opportunities and presented so many unsolved problems for many publishers. Stable, inter-operable content identifiers? Metrics that tell you how your content is getting seen and used? Knowing exactly which things in our torrent of publications were written by which authors, especially those with the same or similar names? Providing open access while maintaining the publisher-reader relationship? Accountability: Who funded this work? Was it plagiarized? What about updates: do I have the current version? In this lively presentation, you’ll see how these issues have already been solved ...

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RedLinks joins AAK Coalition image

A new open layer is being created over all knowledge A coalition of some of the world’s key scholarly publishers, platforms, libraries, and technology organizations are coming together to create an open, inter-operable annotation layer over their content. And, RedLink is a part of the #AAKCoalition The coalition’s founding members represent some of the world’s key scholarly publishers, platforms, libraries, and technology organizations. To know more visit https://hypothes.is/annotating-all-knowledge/

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What Do Ice Cream Van Drivers And Publishers Have In Common? They Both Need Business Intelligence image

Learned societies and other smaller publishers find themselves at a crossroads, struggling to understand how to adapt to the changing needs of academia in the face of flat or falling revenue opportunities. What can publishers do to understand how to adapt to the new digital realities and continue to stay relevant in the 21st Century? The answer is Business Intelligence (BI). Why is BI so vital, not just to publishers but to all businesses? Take an example that we’re all familiar with, the humble ice cream truck. What type of insight would the hopeful ice cream van driver need to have when choosing a neighborhood in which to sell? Primarily, he would need to know if there was indeed a ...

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