Mendeley community: Visit our new London HQ for Open Day 2015 (#MDOD15)
Take part in events and meet colleagues from Elsevier and the broader S&T community – or follow via live blogging and social
By Paul Tavner Posted on 3 November 2015
Editor’s Note: This page will be continually updated with blog posts throughout the event.
"We want your ideas"
Posted by Annelies van Dam | 6 November 2015, 17:10 pm GMT
The importance of user feedback is emerging as one of the big themes of the day. Talking about broad scope open access journal Heliyon, which Elsevier launched earlier this year, Publisher Sara Grimme explains that they wanted researchers to “tell us what we can do to redefine these journals”. Meanwhile, in his presentation on Mendeley Data, Josh Emerson, Front End Developer for Mendeley points to the post-it board they’ve set up in reception. “We want your ideas on what this can be.”
“Mendeley was always supposed to be social”
Posted by Ian Evans | 6 November 2015, 13:35 pm GMT
Brian Bishop kicks off his presentation on “What’s Next for Social” with this quote from Jan Reichelt, and proves the point by showing a few screenshots from 2008 that highlight the way in which Social was always part of the roadmap. Drawing on data from Scopus and ScienceDirect, Mendeley is taking steps to help people showcase their work, with more information than ever on citations, downloads and views. The platform will also pull in data from recent acquisition Newsflo, so that if someone is viewing your profile, they will be able to see mentions of your work in the media. Brian stresses that you don’t need an institutional Scopus account for this information to be accessible.
Near the end of the presentation there is a question about whether or not it would be possible to see who is reading your papers. Jan Reichelt gets involved, and prompts a short discussion including a show of hands as to who would or would not be comfortable with personal information being shared. The room is more evenly split than expected – they felt people wouldn’t have been comfortable sharing that info. It’s worthy of further consideration, Jan says.
“As a start up, you cannot invent the future”
Posted by Ian Evans | 6 November 2015, 12:15 pm GMT
Jan Reichelt, one of Mendeley’s three founders hits the stage with his self professed warm-up act, and promises a run down of the company’s past that wouldn’t take more than three hours. In doing so, he hit on the role serendipity played in the development of Mendeley. The project was once called ‘Literacula’, named for the way it sucked metadata from documents and used it to populate the research management platform.
Nonetheless, he said it was the “boring” feature of PDF management that caught people’s attention, and became one of the factors to that propelled the company to success. Now, he says, they’re using all the data in the hundreds of files that people manage with Mendeley Social features, which are to be launched soon.
It’s the investment from Elsevier, he mentioned, that makes this possible. He acknowledged that it wasn’t a partnership that convinced everyone at the start. However, he said, it’s easier to drive change from within than from outside – it becomes a more productive conversation. "Judge both companies by what they produce". Those innovations, such as Mendeley Social, will be featured in more depth today.
Mendeley Open Day 2015 is on Friday, Nov. 6. Continuing a long-standing tradition, we’ll be opening the doors of our brand new headquarters in the Alphabeta building in London to Mendeley users, Mendeley advisors and colleagues from around Elsevier.
The theme of this year’s event is “Mendeley and Beyond,” with the focus on what the future holds for Mendeley and the role we play in the wider Elsevier ecosystem.
It’s designed to be a day of fun, innovation and discovery in the field of research, science and technology. It’s also an opportunity for us to connect with our community, talk to the people who use Mendeley, and give you the chance to meet the people behind the product.
Open Day sessions
Presenters include leaders in the research, science and technology
community. Topics include:
- Highlights from 2015
- New features coming to Mendeley
- Innovation through hacks
- Big data, data science and the impact of APIs
- Third-party developer & partnership showcases
If you’re able to join us in London, you can register
for your free Open Day ticket. (Once you have registered, please take a minute to let us know if you have any dietary requirements – or any questions that you would like us to address.)
If you’re not able to make it on the day, keep up with the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #MDOD15. We’ll also be posting highlights after the event.
To attend Mendeley Open Day
- Date: 6 November 2015
- Time: 10 am to 7 pm GMT (There will be a welcome breakfast from 10 to 10:30 am, and a drinks social with nibbles from 5 to 7 pm.)
- Location: 3rd Floor, AlphaBeta Building, 14-18 Finsbury Square, London
- Registration: Register for your free Open Day ticket. (Once you have registered, please take a minute to let us know if you have any dietary requirements – or any questions that you would like us to address.)
To participate virtually
Read updates here and on the Mendeley blog.
Elsevier Connect Contributor
Paul Tavner (@PTavner) is Mendeley’s Educational Resources Manager and the author of “New Horizons: From Research Paper to Pluto.” Paul is responsible for producing guides and materials to help users to get the most out of Mendeley, the name of the company and a research collaboration platform and workflow tool that was acquired by Elsevier in April 2013. As part of the Community Team, he is also helping to grow the Advisor Program – a global network of volunteers who help to spread the word about Mendeley to researchers. He is based in London.