"Paywall: The Business of Scholarship" was released September 05, 2018.  The publisher Elsevier (RELX) which has a 2017 revenue of $3.13 Billion USD declined 13% on the NASDAQ from September 05-September 19, 2018.   


Over the last two years, I’ve been supported in significant ways by Open Society Foundations, The Royal Society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, the Arcadia Foundation and, even, the United Nations.  I’ve seen what is involved to activate philanthropic interest and enthusiasm.  I enjoy the process of seeking support and buy-in of important ideas through grants and philanthropy. I also like the sense of accomplishment when plans made on paper take real world shape and impact. 
In 2019, I worked with the European Commission and the European Research Council’s cOAlition S to support and speak toward a global initiative to make full and immediate open access to research publications a reality.  Over the last year, I’ve attended and built relationships with Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands; the University of Iceland; Université Côte d'Azur in Nice, France; The British Library in London, England; Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; the Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) in Indonesia; National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Taiwan; and nearly every ivy league institution in the U.S. 



Related to my academic projects, I've been honored to have significant speaking opportunities around the globe:

Keynote Speaker, VALE conference (consortium of 50 New Jersey college and university libraries), Long Branch, NJ (January 2020)

Invited Speaker, New York Library Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY (November, 2019)

Invited Speaker, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (October 2019)

Keynote Speaker, National Cheng Kun University, Tainan City, Taiwan (September 2019)

Keynote Speaker, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei City, Taiwan (September 2019)

Invited Speaker, PanSci Academy, Taipei City (Zhongzheng), Taiwan (September 2019)

Invited Speaker, National Central Library, Taipei City, (September 2019)

Keynote Speaker, SUNY Fall Faculty Institute, SUNY Oneonta (September 2019)

Keynote Speaker, SUNY Librarian Association, Onondaga Community College (June 2019)

Keynote Speaker, University of British Columbia’s Diskuss Conference hosted by the Digital Literacy Centre in collaboration with the Graduate Students of the Department of Language and Literacy Education (May 2019)

Invited speaker, Northern New York Library Network.  Talk was simulcast to five branch offices throughout the state of New York. (March 2019)

Invited speaker and filmmaker, University of Côte d'Azur, Nice, France  Q&A panel focused on Open Access and Eurpoe’s Plan S Initiative with Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission (February 2019)

Invited speaker and workshop leader on science advocacy, University of Central Florida— Cognitive Sciences Laboratory (February 2019)

Invited speaker and filmmaker, Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE) in Bali, Indonesia (February 2019)

Invited speaker, panelist and filmmaker, The British Library, London, UK.  Screening and Q&A panel with David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK; Ross Mounce. Director of Open Access Programmes at Arcadia Fund, and Jason Schmitt, Filmmaker, Associate Professor and Chair of Communication & Media at Clarkson University (January 2019)

Invited speaker, panelist and filmmaker, University of Oxford: Kellogg College, Oxford, UK.  (January 2019)

Invited speaker, panelist and filmmaker, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Munich, Germany. Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information, Munich, Germany.  Q&A panel moderated by Dr. Sabine Hoffmann, Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology with Prof. Jason Schmitt (Producer of the Paywall; Clarkson University, USA); Prof. Michael Bosnjak (Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information, ZPID, Trier); Volker Schallehn (Head of Open Access Publishing, University Library, LMU);Prof. Nikolaus Plesnila, LMU Open Science Center; University Hospital of Munich (December 2018)

Invited speaker, panelist and filmmaker, Urania Berlin.  Q&A panels and screenings with Jason Schmitt, Producer and Director of the Film; Rafael Ball, Director of ETH-Library at ETH Zurich; Steffi Pohl, Junior Professor of Methods and Evaluation/Quality Assurance, Freie Universität Berlin; Lyubomir Penev, Managing Director and Founder of Pensoft Publishers; G.-Jürgen Hogrefe, Publisher and CEO Hogrefe Publishing Group; Michael Bosnjak, ZPID Director (December 2018)

Invited filmmaker and panelist, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  Panel included:
Jason Schmitt, Director of Paywall, Chair of Communication & Media, Clarkson University;
Gerald Beasley, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell; Jeremy Braddock, Associate Professor, English, Co-chair, Cornell University Faculty Library Board; Paul Fleming, Professor, Comparative Literature and German Studies; Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities, Co-chair, Cornell University Faculty Library Board; Max Zhang, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Member, Cornell University Faculty Library Board (November 2018)

Keynote speaker, Boston University, Boston, MA.  Provided a one hour talk on the state of Open Access and ways forward for academic publications (November 2018)

Network TV interview, “The Danger of For-Profit Science” on The Young Turks—Rebel HQ with Cenk Uygur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbSKx4O8Co0&t=336s  (November 2018)

Keynote speaker, Farmingdale State College’s “Celebration of Scholarship” conference. My presentation was focused on scholarship, research and science in a digital age, Farmingdale State College (October 2018)

Invited speaker, panelist and filmmaker, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.  Q&A panel consists of Nathan Hall, Associate Professor, McGill University; Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication and Jason Schmitt filmmaker, Associate Professor and Chair of Communication & Media at Clarkson University (October 2018)

Invited speaker and filmmaker, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH(October 2018)

Invited speaker and filmmaker, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (October 2018)

Invited speaker, panelist and filmmaker, United Nations Headquarters, New York City.  Q&A panel to commence after screening (October 2018)

Podcast guest, Team Human with Douglas Rushkoff, https://teamhuman.fm/ (October 2018)

Invited speaker and filmmaker, Bates College, Lewiston, ME (October 2018)

Invited speaker and filmmaker, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland (October 2018)

Invited speaker and filmmaker at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.  Q&A panel on future of OA advocacy within Europe.  Panel consists of Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission and Jason Schmitt, Filmmaker, Associate Professor and Chair of Communication & Media at Clarkson University (October 2018)

Invited speaker at Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, Washington, DC  (September 2018)

Invited panelist and filmmaker at MIT.  Q&A panel on open access to scholarship follows screening.  Panel consists of: Joi Ito, Director the MIT Media Lab; Amy Brand, Director of MIT Press; Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication and Jason Schmitt, Filmmaker, Chair of Communication & Media, Clarkson University;  (September 2018)

Invited speaker, University of Connecticut-sponsored open access week presentation (Introduction given by Provost Holly Jeffcoat).  My discussion focused on current open access scholarship and implications for the Global South.  The talk included preview clips from my upcoming documentary. (October 2017)

Invited speaker, Clarkson University SB113 Introduction to Entrepreneurship course.  Talk on: “Writing for Career Success.” (September 2017)

Invited filmmaker, Royal Society London. I was invited to film and interview scholars and staff and shoot footage featuring the first academic research journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London from March 6, 1665. (August 2017)

Invited filmmaker, Springer Nature London Campus. Three hours of personal informational sessions to learn all the assets that Springer Nature brings to scholarship.  Also filmed interviews with publishers of BioMed Central which is Springer Nature’s open access flagship journal. (August 2017)

Invited participant, Society of Scholarly Publishing, Boston, MA. Invited to attend this convention and interact with key stakeholders in the scholarly publishing industry. (May 2017) 

Invited participant, Creative Commons Global Summit, Toronto, Canada. Invited by Ryan Merkley, CEO of Creative Commons, to attend the summit and speak on the importance of open access in scholarship with several leaders in the Creative Commons community. (May 2017) 

Invited participant, Open Scholarship Institute, George Washington University, Washington, DC. Invited to attend the Institute sessions around academic scholarship  by Geneva Henry, Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, George Washington University. (April 2017) 

Invited media/reporter, Collision Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA.  Reported on startup companies operating within the higher education marketplace.(April 2016) 

Invited media/reporter, Arizona State University/Global Silicon Valley Education Summit, San Diego, CA.  Interviewed leaders responsible for the massive open online course sector growth.(April 2016)

Invited Speaker: Music Copyright and Ownership in the Digital Era/Invited Judge: Startup Pitch, Collision Conference, New Orleans, LA.(April 2016)

Invited Judge: Startup Pitch Judge: charged with selecting a top startup to receive Venture Capital Funding, Collision Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (April 2015)


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