UCL Qatar turns electronic publishing conference into innovative online event
23 Apr 2020 – 7:59
Dr. Milena Dobreva-McPherson
UCL Qatar, a partner university of the Qatar Foundation, concluded the 24th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, which was held online on April 20-21, 2020. held in Doha but had to be moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The conference combined pre-recorded opening speeches and presentations on Twitter via @ELPUB_Conf. Participants were invited to prepare eight to twelve tweets on the main points of their presented papers. The tweets were then posted according to the conference schedule, and attendees reached out to users by commenting and replying to the tweets. In addition, the four main communications (from Australia, the Netherlands, Qatar and the United States) have been shared on video and will also remain accessible after the event.
The conference welcomed over 120 registered participants from over 40 countries, including Brazil, Australia and the United Kingdom. Twenty articles selected after a peer review of over 60 submissions were presented and covered key research topics in the publishing industry such as open access, open science and the digital divide.
Dr Milena Dobreva-McPherson, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science and Conference General President, said, “We live in unprecedented times that call for creativity and innovation in everything we do. While we look forward to welcoming colleagues and friends from some 25 countries around the world here in Doha, I am incredibly happy that we were able to host the conference virtually and meet even more colleagues online. Even though this happened at a time when most academic and practitioner events had been canceled, the fact that we had some stimulating discussions online was very positive; especially in these times of social distancing. In fact, it is quite fitting that we organized a conference on online digital publishing, as it also has a positive environmental effect. This gives us a glimpse into the future of knowledge exchange and presents an incredible number of opportunities that we can take advantage of even after the pandemic is over. “
Dr Andreiwid Correa, professor of computer science at the Federal Institute of Sao Paolo, Brazil, who presented an article entitled: “Open science-based framework to revele open data publishing: an experience from using Common Crawl”, a tweeted: “I am proud to attend and virtually present my article to @ELPUB_conf. In this time of # COVID-19, they have devised an innovative way with the use of Twitter. I’m ready to go! “