ReConEvent 2016

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Research Communication & Data Visualisation

This year’s Conference will take place on Friday 24th June with a free hackday on Saturday 25th June. Both events will be taking place at The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

A number of factors are influencing the way we communicate research in 2016 including new technologies, publishing policies, the variety of research outputs and the assessment of research impact. This conference aims to explore the evolution of research communication and the rising interest in and requirement for data visualisation. What incentives are required for researchers to change how they communicate their work? What role will metrics play in the future at the journal level, article level and researcher level? How can researchers present their work in a visual format and what tools are they required to learn?

Data visualisation is a field that spans all disciplines, yet it is not always done well and visual representations are not used as often as they could be. This may be due to time constraints, publishing limitations or lack of training in the correct graphics or statistics software; how can we combat these issues? How can researchers use visualisations to communicate their work and complement their publications?

Hackday: In addition to the main conference, we will be holding an additional research communication & data visualisation hackathon the following day which is free to attend.

ReCon is the only event of its kind in Scotland, attracting delegates  working in publishing, technology, start-ups, the blogging/digital space, universities and business. The conference has a focus on scholarly publishing/sharing research and includes talks from world-renowned experts  working  at  the  cutting  edge  of publishing,  data management,  content  creation and research, in addition to offering ample networking opportunities.

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Geoffrey Bilder @gbilder

Geoffrey Bilder is Director of Strategic Initiatives at CrossRef, where he has led the technical development and launch of a number of industry initiatives including CrossCheck, CrossMark, ORCID and FundRef. He co-founded Brown University’s Scholarly Technology Group in 1993, providing the Brown academic community with advanced technology consulting in support of their research, teaching and scholarly communication. He was subsequently head of IT R&D at Monitor Group, a global management consulting firm. From 2002 to 2005, Geoffrey was Chief Technology Officer of scholarly publishing firm Ingenta, and just prior to joining CrossRef, he was a Publishing Technology Consultant at Scholarly Information Strategies.


Jeroen Bosman @jeroenbosman

Jeroen Bosman is scholarly communications and geoscience librarian at Utrecht University Library. His main interests are Open Access and Open Science, scientometrics, visualization and innovation in scholarly communication. He is an avid advocate for Open Access and for experimenting with open alternatives. He is co-author of the poster 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication depicting innovation trends by research workflow phases and he has led the global survey in Innovations in Scholarly Communication with his colleague Bianca Kramer. Jeroen regularly leads workshops in online search and other aspects of scholarly communication, for students, faculty and professionals alike. When not working you can see him cycle touring (fast), photographing (slow) and drinking Islay malts (not necessarily at the same time).


Bianca Kramer @MsPhelps

Biance Kramer is a librarian for life sciences and medicine at Utrecht Library, with a strong focus on scholarly communication and Open Science. Through her work, together with colleague Jeroen Bosman, on the project ‘101 innovations in scholarly communication‘ (including a worldwide survey of >20,000 researchers) she is investigating trends in innovations and tool usage across the research cycle. She regularly leads workshops on various aspects of scholarly communication (e.g. online search, altmetrics, peer review) for researchers, students and other stakeholders in scholarly communication, and has an active interest in data- and network visualization. Her twitter handle reflects her love for children’s literature and librarianship alike.


Andrew  Tattersall @Andy_Tattersall

Andy is an Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and writes and gives talks about digital academia, learning technology, scholarly communications, open research, web tools, altmetrics and social media. In particular, their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. Andy is a member of The University of Sheffield’s Teaching Senate and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was the person who sparked interest in running the first MOOCs at his institution in 2013. Andy is also Secretary for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals – Multi Media and Information Technology Committee. He has an edited book out in June called Altmetrics which is aimed at researchers and librarians.

He works on publishing platforms, innovative ways of displaying research content, and on understanding how technology can help to improve scientific communication.

Ian Calvert

Ian Calvert @IanCal

Ian Calvert is Senior Data Scientist at Digital Science. For the past four years he’s been processing various forms of data about research outputs from grants and papers to books, talks and government statistics, all with the aim of providing a better understanding of the research world. He’s currently working on GRID (www.grid.ac), a free database of research institutions to support the recording of good clean data about institutions.

Mike Jones

Mike Jones @michaelhjones

Mike Jones  is Senior Product Manager for Mendeley Data – a free and open repository for scientists to share their research data and be cited. He has 7 years experience building products on the web, developing them from inception through wireframing, development, launch, measurement and iteration. Put it another way, he’s a practitioner of the art of fulfilling web users’ needs: with users and expert teams, identifying a problem we can solve for users, developing product concepts, building the product, testing the product, releasing and iterating it towards fulfilling and delighting its users and achieving business objectives.

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Joanna Young @joysci

Joanna is the founder and director of The Scientific Editing Company, a publishing services  and researcher training consultancy. Prior to this, she completed her Ph.D. and postdoctoral research at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of several research publications, various blog posts and many tweets. She also runs the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club and an annual careers conference for PhD students and postdocs, NEON21. Her interests also include research communications, data visualisation, publishing, post-PhD careers & startups.


Cuna Ekmekcioglu @cunaekmekci

Dr Cuna Ekmekcioglu works at the University of Edinburgh, Library & University Collections. She leads the training and outreach programme for the Research Data Management Service and provides support and consultancy to research staff and postgraduate research students for research data management. She was the lead editor and one of the authors of the Research Data MANTRA course. (2010-11). She worked in the fields of technology enhanced learning and teaching. She was responsible for running computer aided assessment for academic staff across disciplines (2004-2006). She designed, developed and delivered online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses as part of the Office of Lifelong Learning CPD programme (2001-2003). She has good knowledge and experience in face-to-face and online teaching and learning, and training both postgraduate students and academic staff. She has an MSc in Information Management, PhD in Information Science, PGCE in Information Technology and Education, and national and European certificates in online course design, e-tutoring, and computer-aided assessment.


Isaac Roseboom

Isaac is Head of Insight at deltaDNA. Since moving into the games industry, Isaac has worked as a consultant on over 50 games, offering wide ranging expertise on data-driven game design and the use of predictive modelling. In addition, Isaac heads research at deltaDNA, trying to bring the best in analytics to the masses through its self-service platform. In a previous life Isaac was an astrophysicist, building data processing pipelines for large space telescopes.


Rebecca Kaye @NumberTelling

Rebecca Kaye is passionate about both numbers and graphics and the story telling potential of patterns within data.

After graduating from Manchester University with a BSc Mathematics and Statistics, she spent her time working as a statistician within government and health departments, helping policy and decision makers to make sense of big data.

Following her postgraduate research, Msc (Distinction) Design and Communication, she put theory into practice and applied her unique skillset to deciphering complex datasets and communicating the results using design priniciples. These skills have also led her to applying her design thinking to interactive commisions for the likes of RBS and Channel 4.

Rebecca is now co-founder of numbertelling, specialising in all areas of data visualisation from information graphics to interactive reports and everything in between.


Pawel Jancz @numbertelling

Pawel Jancz loves discovering new technologies and the possibilities they can offer when applied to the world of data.

His journey began in the field of economy and finance, where he graduated with a BSc in Corporate Finance and Accountancy. He was quickly introduced to the real world of finance, when he spent his first few years in Gdansk Shipyard.

After moving to Scotland, he expanded his skills across a variety of areas in both public and private sectors, where he specialised in finance and healthcare data. Whilst the topic areas varied wildly, the problems were familiar and it was this enthusiasm for problem solving that led him to programming. Pawel has since applied these powerful skills to help numerous organisations and charities.

Pawel is now co-founder of numbertelling, specialising across the fields of data extraction and management, where he programmes bespoke applications to do just about anything with data.

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