Book Sprint - An Intimate Dinner Party at SSP2016

At the Society for Scholarly Publishing's 38th Annual Meeting a group of dedicated writers, editors, technologists, and publishers are contributing to a real-time collaboration to write the "future of scholarly publishing." The Book Sprint project is led by Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Science and the Imagination, who developed the project. Over the course of 2 days, topics discussed and covered include

  • Making Research Matter - How can we make research matter?
  • The Future of the Scholarly Book- What will authorship mean in an age of human-machine collaboration?
  • Exposing Hidden Knowledge - How will we expose hidden knowledge?
  • Human-Machine Collaboration - What is the future of scholarly content as AI evolves?
  • Expanding Access - How will we expand global access?
  • Shaping the Public Square - How will scholars contribute and transform public knowledge on their areas of expertise?

I am sitting around the table now listening to a fascinating conversation and watching the content creation process. After an intense 30-minute discussion, the group will commence writing on this topic based on ideas spawned.

The writing sprint will use the Overleaf platform to document highlights of the conversation and seven writers will compose their thoughts and analyses. One person will consolidate the individual contributions into a single chapter. When complete, Overleaf will send an alert to editors on stand by at Cenveo Publisher Services. Overnight, all chapters will be edited and sent back to the Book Sprinters.

Stay tuned as the topics and book develop.


Mike Groth

Michael Groth is Director of Marketing at Cenveo Publisher Services, where he oversees all aspects of marketing strategy and implementation across digital, social, conference, advertising and PR channels. Mike has spent over 20 years in marketing for scholarly publishing, previously at Emerald, Ingenta, Publishers Communication Group, the New England Journal of Medicine and Wolters Kluwer. He has made the rounds at information industry events, organized conference sessions, presented at SSP, ALA, ER&L and Charleston, and blogged on topics ranging from market trends, library budgets and research impact, to emerging markets and online communities.. Twitter Handle: @mikegroth72