by Barbara Brynko
As the new year begins, my thoughts keep turning to the old saying, “May you live in interesting times.” The adage is rumored to be an ancient Chinese blessing or a curse, but it really isn’t ancient, and it really isn’t Chinese. But I digress.
The adage just seems to be the best way to describe the information landscape these days. And our first issue of 2013 offers an interesting take on these interesting times. Our three main features cover some of the key pioneers in the industry past, present, and future.
In “Access Innovations: Achieving Data Harmony,” writer Miriam A. Drake gets up close and personal with industry notables Marjorie M.K. Hlava and Jay Ven Eman, who share highlights from their 34 years of making sense out of data. Innovation and a lot of hard work took their company dedicated to building taxonomies and ontologies from Hlava’s kitchen in 1978 to its global presence today.
Then, writer Abby Clobridge traces some of the biggest publishing trends affecting players worldwide in “The Future of Open Access.” After attending the Berlin Open Access Conference in South Africa at the end of 2012, Clobridge heard a rallying cry from many that the time has come for stakeholders to radically change the scholarly communication system and focus on new ways to measure value and impact.
And last but not least, “What’s Hot in 2013” opens the floodgates of new products, tools, and services on the horizon. While this only represents the first wave of next-generation innovation for 2013, you’ll get a feel for what’s ahead.
But that’s just for starters. We also have plenty of commentary, insights, and news from cover to cover. Enjoy the issue. There’s much more to come. And here’s to a healthy and prosperous new year.
— Barbara Brynko