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Using data to drive and support strategy: DEI and communication initiatives

Abstract
There was a time when the phrase data-driven decisions brought to mind strictly financial information, but today organizations are looking to data of many kinds to assess their current state, guide their future strategies, and measure their progress. DEI and Communications initiatives are two areas where privacy-preserving data collection and effective use are increasingly important in expanding services to underrepresented groups. High quality information about authors, reviewers, editorial boards, or customers will ensure accountability and increase impact, as we move our industry forward to engage more deeply with libraries and researchers. While there is general consensus that we should collect data, there is little agreement on just what data to collect. Data interoperability and data transparency will be key, in particular as we seek to draw comparisons across our international ecosystem. If you want data driven insight, you need to ask thoughtful questions. Join this session to learn from those who are forging ahead on this path.

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https://discourse.niso.org/t/using-data-to-drive-and-support-strategy-dei-and-communication-initiatives/603
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There was a time when the phrase data-driven decisions brought to mind strictly financial information, but today organizations are looking to data of many kinds to assess their current state, guide their future strategies, and measure their progress. DEI and Communications initiatives are two areas where privacy-preserving data collection and effective use are increasingly important in expanding services to underrepresented groups. High quality information about authors, reviewers, editorial boards, or customers will ensure accountability and increase impact, as we move our industry forward to engage more deeply with libraries and researchers. While there is general consensus that we should collect data, there is little agreement on just what data to collect. Data interoperability and data transparency will be key, in particular as we seek to draw comparisons across our international ecosystem. If you want data driven insight, you need to ask thoughtful questions. Join this session to learn from those who are forging ahead on this path.
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Dr Nicola Nugent is Publishing Manger, Quality & Ethics at the Royal Society of Chemistry, where she is the strategic lead for quality and impact across journals and books. She has responsibility for the journals peer review strategy, as well as publishing ethics, and inclusion & diversity in publishing. Nicola leads the “Joint commitment for action on inclusion and diversity in publishing”, bringing together over 40 publishing organisations to accelerate progress on I&D in scholarly publishing. Nicola has over 15 years’ experience in STM publishing in a variety of operational and strategic roles, with an editorial focus. She has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK.
Heather Staines is Senior Consultant at Delta Think and Director of Community Engagement for the OA Data Analytics Tool. Her prior roles include Head of Partnerships for Knowledge Futures Group, Director of Business Development at Hypothesis, as well as positions at Proquest, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange), Springer SBM, and Greenwood Publishing Group/Praeger Publishers. She is a frequent speaker and participant at industry events including the COUNTER Board of Directors, the Charleston Library Conference, the STM Futurelab, Society for Scholarly Publishing, Council of Science Editors, the NISO Transfer Standing Committee, and the NASIG Digital Preservation Committee. She has a Ph.D. in Military and Diplomatic History from Yale University.
Jessie Slater is the Executive Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief for the Science Journals published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Prior to joining Science/AAAS in 2017, Jessie completed a PhD in Archaeology & Prehistory at the University of Sheffield, UK, and served as an editor for the department's postgraduate journal. She has previously worked for multiple US government agencies including NIMH, USDA, and the NSF, where she was a Science Education Analyst in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
Sherri's role as IEEE Product Manager includes a specific focus on Open Science and Abstract & Indexing partnerships. In her role at IEEE, she oversees the Institutional Open Access agreement workflow for IEEE. Sherri manages the Abstract & Indexing partnerships for IEEE, along with IEEE's data repository IEEE DataPort. She has been with IEEE since 2009, and was previously with Pearson Education as an archivist in the Custom Publishing division. Sherri holds a BS in Photography from Drexel University, and a MS in Communication from Purdue University. Sherri is also a member of the ALPSP Copyright Committee and holds a PMP certification since 2011.