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Faculty Summit 2008 Reactions

What Others Say About Faculty Summit 2008

“I am pleased that Microsoft is taking innovative steps to support more open, efficient, and effective scholarly communication in the digital networked environment. For example, the free eJournal Service gives many scholarly societies a valuable new option for online publication and a way to avoid taking on high costs. The Article Authoring and Creative Commons add-ins to Word also are good news, offering capacities that could bring down production costs and allow authors to better manage their intellectual property rights.”

— Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition)

“Partnering with members of the scholarly community, Microsoft External Research is working to facilitate the next step in the transformation of scholarly communications with networking tools built into Microsoft products. The Article Authoring add-in for Microsoft Word 2007 permits authors to produce documents directly in the format used by the NLM's PubMed Central repository, and is a significant step towards producing next-generation documents semantically tied to distributed network databases and relevant ontologies. The Microsoft team has also worked with the arXiv.org database on an automated upload protocol for documents and metadata, both for ingest from individuals and of entire conferences. We look forward to further enhancements, permitting autonomous discovery of related documents, relevant materials, and other linkages, accelerating the move towards a better integrated scholarly knowledge network.”

— Paul Ginsparg, professor of Physics, Computing and Information Science at Cornell University (and founder of arXiv.org)

“Technology that effectively addresses the increasing need to integrate the research lifecycle and provide a holistic end-to-end perspective has the potential to revolutionize the way academics collect data, publish findings and preserve information. Companies that work closely with academia can understand how their products might benefit the scholarly workflow and so inform their product development. Microsoft is engaged with the academic community and is releasing a series of tools aimed at streamlining the academic workflow.”

— Daniel Pollock, Vice President & Lead Analyst at Outsell, Inc., a research and advisory firm specializing in the information and education industries

"NCBI welcomes Microsoft's decision to support NLM format XML in the Article Authoring add-in for Microsoft Word," said James Ostell, Ph.D., Chief of the Information Engineering Branch at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine. "NLM's archival format for electronic documents has been adopted by the Library of Congress and the British Library, and directly supporting this standard in Word is an important step toward simplifying the process to archive the scientific literature. It also opens doors to new possibilities to integrate data and tools with the traditional scientific authoring process."

— James Ostell, Ph.D., Chief of the Information Engineering Branch at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine