The ACI Information Group publishes the ACI Scholarly Blog Index and ACI’s authors, leading academics in their field, will participate in a panel discussion during the upcoming Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Annual Conference in Boston, MA, May 31st through June 2nd, 2017.  The panel, titled “Has the Time Come to Archive, Discover, and Cite Scholarly Blogs?” is moderated by Pat Sabosik, General Manager of the ACI Scholarly Blog Index. The panel focus builds on the themes identified in a discussion by academic bloggers at the 2016 Charleston Conference. The panel discussion will be held on Friday, June 2nd, 2017, at 1:30pm at the Westin Waterfront Boston, the SSP Conference venue.

Panel participants include Alberto Accomazzi, the Project Director of NASA’s Astrophysics Data System (ADS) project at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Michael Pregill, the Interlocutor in the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University and involved with the Mizan Initiative; Yohan John, a Researcher at Boston University Neural Systems Laboratory; and Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement and Support for ORCID.  All of the panelists have ORCID identifiers, an increasingly important component in scholarly publishing for disambiguating authors.  Through ORCID and linked data initiatives, authors’ works, including their scholarly blogs, can be discovered and cited, and subsequently archived.

As the internet and linked data expand research networks, blogging and microblogging enable new forms of interaction between authors and their readers. Scholarly blogs are part of the solution and an aid to reshaping approaches to research. Panelists will share background stories and insights on academic blogging and the increasingly important role blogs play in scholarly communications.

The ACI Scholarly Blog Index is an editorially selected and curated collection of scholarly blogs written by leading academics worldwide covering all academic subject areas. Researchers with domain expertise select the blogs for inclusion.  The database currently includes more than 11,000 blogs and over two million blog posts making ACI Scholarly Blog index the largest collection of scholarly blogs available for researchers.

The Society for Scholarly Publishing, founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization that promotes and advances communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing — including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. 

Read about what the library press has to say about ACI Scholarly Blog Index.
Choice: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels.
Library Journal:  Verdict: “…This database is recommended as a useful tool for academic libraries…” 
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