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Copyright Clearance Center and Outsell Host Program on Open Dialogue: The Key to Advancing Scholarly Communications at 2019 London Book Fair

Sponsored by Businesswire

Clearance Center, Inc.
 (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright,
accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, in partnership with Outsell,
, the voice of the data and information industry, hosted an
invitation-only roundtable program during London
Book Fair
, “Open
Dialogue: The Key to Advancing Scholarly Communications

The objective of the exclusive, co-sponsored program was to facilitate a
strategic discussion among key stakeholders across the globe –
publishers, institutions, funders, policymakers, authors/researchers,
and service providers – about emerging models to advance scholarly
communications in an environment fraught with friction.

“We designed the program to support the kind of conversation
organizations around the world asked for and hope this can lead to
potential partnerships and spark ideas for innovation,” said Tracey
Armstrong, President and CEO, CCC. “What made this program unique is
that it went beyond simply summarizing what is being asked for by the
pro-Plan S community and created an opportunity for voices to be heard
about tools and solutions that will facilitate viable models for Open
Access and open research.”

“Open Access deals, driven by institutions, funders, and sometimes
entire countries, are an indicator of the fundamental realignment
underway in the entire system,” said Anthea Stratigos, Co-founder and
CEO, Outsell. “Initiatives such as Plan S and Projekt DEAL are the
current battlegrounds, symptoms of the transformation that must happen
across the entire scholarly communication ecosystem.”

The program featured panel and workshop sessions designed to foster
transparency and collaboration and to build a common understanding of
the challenges and opportunities currently facing scholarly
communications. The spirit of the day was established in the opening
remarks, which called for open, cross-party collaboration and
communication to rise above the noise, make progress, and help move the
sector forward in light of shared challenges.

“Cohesive, collaborative, cross-party initiatives remain relatively rare
and are needed. CCC and Outsell heard and will heed the call for more
such dialog,” said Stratigos. “Indeed, a journey of a thousand miles
begins with the first step, and this program began that journey – aptly
in the Royal Society of Arts House, where so much innovation history has
been made.”

Speakers included Armstrong and Stratigos, along with Diego Baptista,
Ph.D., Wellcome Trust; William Bowes, Publishers Association; Olivier
Dumon, Elsevier; Michael Forster, IEEE; Dr. Danny Kingsley, Cambridge
University Library; Petra Labriga, Technische Informationsbibliothek
(TIB); Jo McShea, Outsell Inc; Salvatore Mele, CERN; Tasha
Mellins-Cohen, Microbiology Society; Brandon Nordin, American Chemical
Society; Paul Peters, Hindawi; Annette Thomas, Clarivate Analytics; and
David Worlock, Co-Chair, Outsell’s Leadership Program.

CCC is an active partner in the information industry’s transition from
subscription content to hybrid and pure Open Access content. The company
has built RightsLink
, the leading industry solution for managing Open Access and
related publication charges. For years CCC has brought together key Open
Access stakeholders from the author, publisher, institution, funding and
vendor communities through roundtables, panel events, webinars,
podcasts, and published pieces. CCC is a member of OASPA
(Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association), ALPSP
(Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) and STM
(International Association of STM

Clearance Center (CCC)
builds unique solutions that connect content
and rights in contextually relevant ways through software and
professional services. CCC helps people navigate vast amounts of data to
discover actionable insights, enabling them to innovate and make
informed decisions. CCC, with its subsidiaries RightsDirect and Ixxus,
collaborates with customers to advance how data and information are
integrated, accessed, and shared while setting the standard for
effective copyright solutions that accelerate knowledge and power
innovation. CCC is headquartered in Danvers, Mass., with offices across
North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more about CCC, visit