Aries at SSP 2022: “Back to the Future” of Digital-First Publishing

The Society for Scholarly Publishing’s (SSP) 44th annual meeting will be held in Chicago, IL from June 1-3, 2022. Aries Systems is a proud sponsor of SSP 2022, whose theme “Building a More Connected Scholarly Community” welcomes attendees back for the first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic to reconnect society and commercial publishers, research institutions, university presses, libraries, and service providers in a time of detachment and transformation.

Aries Systems is pleased to have been invited to participate on a panel at the upcoming conference, “Session 3A: ‘Back to the Future’ of Digital-First Publishing: Where We Are and Where We’re Going,” which will be featured as a concurrent session on Thursday, June 2nd at 3:30pm. Charles O’Connor, Aries’ Business Systems Analyst, will join the discussion to detail the barriers, challenges, and benefits experienced in the adoption of XML publishing workflows. Moderated by Bill Kasdorf, Principal of Kasdorf & Associates consultancy, the panel will also include Randy Townsend, Director of Publishing Operations at PLOS, Brian Cody, Founder and CEO of Scholastica, and Judy Luther, President and Founder of Informed Strategies.

Mark your calendar! Full session details listed below. We look forward to seeing you at #SSP2022!


“Back to the Future” of Digital-First Publishing: Where We Are and Where We’re Going
Session 3A | Thursday, June 2 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Since the early 2000s, scholarly communication stakeholders have been exploring the potential of XML-first production workflows to streamline digital publishing and improve metadata management across the research ecosystem. If we were to travel “back to the future,” what would we find in terms of how far we’ve come in implementing XML-based or similar digital-first production approaches? What past predictions could we still learn from today? And where are we headed?

This panel-style session will bring together scholarly publishing stakeholders to address these questions and more. The discussion will focus on:

  • What the state of digital-first production is, including how it compares to early projections and opportunities and challenges moving forward.
  • Why digital-first or single-source production is critical to realizing more rapid research dissemination and consistent, rich metadata — both key to solving global challenges.
  • How to create a culture of innovation to support the development of digitally-driven production workflows.