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Globalization of the information infrastructure: challenges and opportunities

Abstract
What does it take to create a truly global research infrastructure? How can we ensure easy and equitable access to this infrastructure for researchers and their organizations around the world and across all disciplines? What are the main barriers to widespread adoption, and what new opportunities are there for develop new infrastructures? The speakers in this session will be sharing their perspectives as both infrastructure providers and users, and will be encouraging you to share yours.
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What does it take to create a truly global research infrastructure? How can we ensure easy and equitable access to this infrastructure for researchers and their organizations around the world and across all disciplines? What are the main barriers to widespread adoption, and what new opportunities are there for develop new infrastructures? The speakers in this session will be sharing their perspectives as both infrastructure providers and users, and will be encouraging you to share yours.
The NISO Plus conference brings people together from across the global information community to share updates and participate in conversations about our shared challenges and opportunities. The focus is on identifying concrete next steps to improve information flow and interoperability, and help solve existing and potential future problems. Please join us to help address the key issues facing our community of librarians, publishers, researchers, and more — today and tomorrow!
Andrew Joseph is the Digital Publisher at Wits University Press based in Johannesburg. His publishing experience has largely been in academic and reference publications including product development, digital archives, platform creation, policy formulation, business planning, and related publishing operations. Andrew is closely involved with standards development and implementation especially for metadata, processes and workflows. Andrew has served on several boards and committees including, NISO Plus, the OA Data Trust (Pilot phase), Crossref, ORCiD, the International Science Council and the Association for Non-Fiction Authors of South Africa and currently chairs the Scholarly Publishers Committee of the Publishers Association of South Africa.
Christopher Leonard is currently Director of Product & Strategy at Cactus Communications. His background straddles editorial and technical roles in the scholarly communications space since his first role at ChemWeb in 1997. He has spent 7 years in Amsterdam with Elsevier, and 6 years in Qatar with Qatar Foundation, as well as stints with BioMed Central, Springer, and Emerald. Chris is techno-optimist, and believes that technology can genuinely level the playing field between North/South and East/West of the academic research globe. You can ask him about his ‘Disco Scientist’ nickname after he’s had a cocktail or two.
Hylke Koers is the Chief Information Officer for STM Solutions, STM’s operational arm which develops and manages shared infrastructures and collaborative services to support the scholarly communications community. Before joining STM, Hylke worked in several senior technology and product management roles, in both private and public sector organizations, supporting the research community. Hylke also held leading roles in FAIRsFAIR, the Research Data Alliance and served on the EOSC Architecture Working Group. He holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Amsterdam.
Juan Pablo Alperin is an Associate Professor at the School of Publishing and the co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab at Simon Fraser University (Canada). He is best known as a leading voice in the open access (OA) and open science (OS) communities who can intermediate between the Latin American experiences and the discussions about OA and OS worldwide. Dr. Alperin is also the co-Scientific Director of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a research project whose software, Open Journal Systems, has become the most widely used Open Access publishing platform in the world and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.
Natasha Simons is Associate Director, Data & Services, for the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). She collaborates nationally and internationally to solve key challenges that improve research data infrastructure, policies, skills and practices. Based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Natasha leads a geographically dispersed team who are passionate about enabling FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and driving a corresponding change in scholarly communication culture.