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Ann Michael

Ann Michael

Chief Digital Officer, PLOS and Past President, SSP
Ann Michael is Chief Digital Officer at PLOS charged with development and execution of the data, technology, operational, and overall digital strategy. Prior to PLOS, Ann was CEO of Delta Think for more than a decade. There she gained broad exposure to society and commercial scholarly publishers, librarians and library consortia, funders, and researchers. She focused on strategy innovation in scholarly communications. Ann is an ardent believer in data informed decision-making and was instrumental in the 2017 launch of the Delta Think Open Access Data & Analytics Tool. She is a Past President of SSP, a member of the Learned Publishing Editorial Board, and a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen. She has a MS from SUNY Stony Brook in Policy Analysis and Public Management and an MS in Business Analytics from the NYU Stern School.

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From Here to Data Maturity

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Release Date: 08/17/2020, Mathew Wilmott, Ann Michael, Amy Pawlowski, Kristen Monahan

Not every organization was born with the knowledge of how to leverage data to create business and customer value. In fact, most organizations were not. They are only now starting, or at minimum, refining the way they set strategic and operational direction, interpret their markets, understand their customers, operate efficiently, and define new products based on the effective inclusion of data in their decision-making processes. But how does one get from the episodic use of limited data for their annual strategic plan to an environment where trustworthy, accessible, maintainable, and democratized data is integrated into their work and their culture? In this session, we will discuss how organizations can increase their data maturity level moving from Data Literacy to Data Leadership to Data Longevity. This will be a pragmatic discussion of what works and what does not work, with examples, and how success can be built upon a few key principles and practices.

Melanie Dolechek, Sophie Reisz, Elizabeth Lorbeer, Tom Olijhoek, Ann Michael, Dr. Stephen Gonsalves

Over the past decade, peer-reviewed research has experienced a mushrooming crisis in the emergence of predatory journals. The reporting of false data, the manipulation of peer review, and the exploitation of authorship are all forms of gross scientific misconduct that many editors and publishers unfortunately face on a regular basis. Along with the surge of retractions that has touched even the most reputable publications, editors, and gatekeepers, the scientific community has sought meaningful remedies to track, record, blacklist, and carefully monitor the repeat offenders. Along the way, publishers of prominent mega journals have been caught in the crossfire, often viewed as perpetrators encouraging the publication of vast amounts of mediocre research. This lively and meaningful discussion of our expert panelists dissects the situation at hand and presents best practices and approaches to work together to uphold meaningful, influential, and impactful science that drives scientific fields forward.