UKSG Forum: London

18 Nov 2015
18 Nov 2015

This is the page for the 2015 UKSG Forum.

If you would like to read about or book for the 2016 UKSG Forum on 'Innovation', please click this link.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." (Leonardo da Vinci):
design, simplicity and user experience

Many thanks to our generous sponsors:

Oxford University Press ●  LM Information Delivery

Cambridge University Press  ●  Digital Science  ●  Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ProQuest  ●  Royal Society of Chemistry  ●  Taylor & Francis Group 

What is the UKSG Forum?

Now in its third year, the UKSG Forum is a dynamic exhibition and networking event designed to bring together the scholarly information community.  Following excellent feedback from the 2013 and 2014 events, this year's Forum will present even more opportunities for exhibition viewing and networking, complemented by a programme of short sessions on hot topics encompassing the theme of 'Design, simplicity and user experience'.


Grand Connaught Rooms
61-65 Great Queen Street

T: +44 (0)20 7405 7811

Who can attend?

The UKSG Forum is free to UKSG members.  (Is your organisation a member?  Check here.)

Non-members can attend for a fee of £75.00 + VAT.  (Isn't your organisation a member?  Join here.)

Refreshments and lunch are provided and you will have access to the exhibition where over 40 publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors will be showcasing their services throughout the day, all rounded off with a drinks reception.

The Delegate List is now available.

The Exhibition Guide is now available.

Look out for the Prize Draw Passport in your badgeholder.  Visit our sponsor stands.  Collect their stickers.  Hand in your completed passport at the registration desk.  Win prizes!
Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

How do you book?

Registration has now closed for this event.  For further information, please contact Karen Sadler.

What's the programme?

From 09.30   Registration

12.00-13.30   Lunch

16.00-17.00   Drinks reception

The schedule of lightning talk sessions is as follows:


10.00   Introduction to the Forum by Kate Price, Chair, UKSG

10.05   Engaging with users
•    David Sommer, Kudos, on 'Hit the ground running: top tips to immediately improve your user experience'
•    Alison Sharman, University of Huddersfield, on 'What students really think of their reading lists: reading list software at the University of Huddersfield' 

11.20   Author identities and changing roles
•    Josh Brown, ORCID, on 'More than authors: recognising and recording contributorship'
•    Amye Kenall, BioMed Central, on 'Open Badges: credit and transparency through digital badges'
•    Kaveh Bazargan, River Valley Technologies, on 'Publishing is 350 years old: time for a rethink'

13.15   Improving the user experience: from research to solutions
•    Andy Priestner, Consultant, on 'Ethnography and a new perspective on student experience' 
•    Ken Chad, Consultant, on 'Transforming user needs into solutions: the 'Jobs-To-Be-Done' method' 
•    Hilary Kenna, Lecturer in Design and founder of SeeSearch, on 'Using the user experience design approach to build solutions' 

14.50   Maximising and enhancing user experience
•    Rupert Mann, Oxford University Press, on 'Focus on the locus: precision navigation in Oxford Scholarly Editions Online' 
•    Jon Bentley, Eduserv, on 'Barriers to a seamless user experience: what they are and how to avoid them' 
•    Tim Williams, Edward Elgar Publishing, on 'The user experience in a multi-product platform'


10.40   Delivering the right user experience, first time
•    Timon Oefelein, Springer, on 'SpringerLink: design, simplicity and user experience'
•    Brian McDermott, Emerald, on 'What you need to know before migrating platforms' 
•    Brian Hole, Ubiquity Press, on 'Ubiquity: a platform designed from the ground up for sustainable open access publishing'

12.00   Focus on compliance
•    Wendy Luker, Leeds Beckett University, and Pat Spoor, University of Leeds, on 'Meeting the mandate: piloting OA compliance' 
•    James Bennett, Copyright Licensing Agency, and Sam Tillett, British Library, on 'CLA's Second Extract Permissions Service and British Library Digitisation Partnership' 

14.10   Supporting authors from an HEI  perspective
•    Alison McNab, University of Nottingham, on 'Supporting authors - the library's role in research impact' 
•    Martin Gill, University of Huddersfield, on 'Generating a buzz: a collaborative approach to increasing the impact of research'
•    Anne Powell, INASP, on 'Meeting the information needs of developing country researchers' 

15.30   Focus on content, not format
•    Vivien Ward, Jisc Collections, on 'HEIs acting as publishers' 
•    Frances Pinter, Knowledge Unlatched, on 'Knowledge Unlatched: next steps and scaling up' 
•    Jill Taylor-Roe, Newcastle University, on '"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet": ebooks or pbooks - it's what you do with them that matters'


Exhibition booking is now closed.

Feedback from the 2014 Forum

"The short presentations made the day very flexible.  I was able to attend the sessions, switch to the exhibition and pick up refreshments when I wanted."

"A laid back event, just right for networking, and a good combination of timings for lightning talks, meetings and networking."

"Thanks for a good day - it was very useful!"

NB:  UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.

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