Monday, November 13, 2017

International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) 2017 General Assembly & Workshops (Washington)

Jan Brase (President) & Tony Llewellyn (Executive Director)

International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) 2017 General Assembly & Workshops (Washington)


Along with Smithsonian Libraries' Director Nancy E. Gwinn, I attended the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) 2017 General Assembly & Workshops on 26 October 2017 at the Library of Congress.

Smithsonian Libraries and the Biodiversity Heritage Library are participants in ICSTI and benefit from working in the wider community of scientific and technical communities. ICSTI meetings are comprised of a General Assembly with a business and presentation session, the Technical Activities Coordinating Committee (TACC) Workshop, and the Technical Activities Coordinating Committee (TACC) Workshop. The latter two sessions form the core of the meeting and provide opportunities to learn from a wider, global community.

The full program and links to presentations can be found here.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Donna Sheeder
After a business meeting, there were presentation by ICSTI Members. This meeting's talks included:

  • Donna Sheeder – IFLA: Her talk focused on the some key IFLA initiatives : IFA’s international advocacy program for Access to information through Libraries as critical to the achievement of the the UN Sustainable Development Goals, IFLA’s global vision program, and the Library Map of the World.
  • Regina Romano Reynolds – ISSN: Regina provided an overview of the ISSN Network’s strategy to provide enhanced access to ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) data will include plans for enhancing the ISSN International Centre’s operations, infrastructure, data, products and services, communications, and partnerships. 
  • Tomoko Steen – Library of Congress: Tomoko’s short presentation introduced LC’s new approach to digital preservation of rare and historical materials at the Library of Congress and other digital initiatives with some examples.

Ray Shan

Technical Activities Coordinating Committee (TACC) Workshop

Machine Learning and Its Applications to Scientific and Technical Information
Machine learning may be the next great innovation in knowledge search and discovery. Machine learning describes what happens in machines that get trained to perform a task by exposure to examples of what they’re supposed to learn. It’s already happening all around us in the development of facial and object recognition ; self-driving cars ; instant language translation ; and speech recognition. This workshop will explore machine learning and its applications relevant to science and, more specifically, to various forms of scientific and technical information, including images, data, and text.


  • Lee Angelelli, IBM. Applying Cognitive Computing to Understand and Answer Users Information Needs
  • Andrew Fast, CounterFlow AI. A Brief History of Machine Learning
  • Andrew McCallum, University of Massachusetts. AI for Representation and Reasoning in Knowledge Bases of Science
  • Ray Shan, Yewno. Using AI to Enhance Research
  • Georgia Tourassi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Deep Learning Enabled National Cancer Surveillance
Tomoko Steen

Information Trends and Opportunities Committee (ITOC) Workshop


Enhanced Publications: Approaches to Maximising the Value of Digital Assets to Enhance Scientific Publications
Current research is presented by a variety of digital assets. Besides text research also includes visualized research data, video, graphics, models and even software code. These digital assets are an important element of contemporary scientific outputs and thus part of our cultural heritage. Unfortunately, no sustainable standard has become established for handling these important assets. Only a negligible proportion of those digital assets are accessible at present, whilst scientific texts are, in principle, sufficiently well-documented and available. This can lead to serious problems when it comes to verify, reproduce and reuse the research results. In this workshop we’d like to focus on approaches and strategies for integration, re-use and re-purposing of data and digital content within scientific publications.

  • Neil Chue Hong, Software Sustainability Institute - Software - a different type of research object? 
  • Maarten Cleeren, Elsevier - Elsevier: Elsevier’s Article of the Future 
  • Markus Kaindl, Springer Nature - Springer Nature SciGraph – Building a Linked Data Knowledge Graph for the scholarly publishing domain 
  • Marco Stella, JoVE - Our Shared Role in Solving Science’s Reproducibility Crisis

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