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DigiPub is the podcast of the Harvard Digital Publishing Collaborative. Each episode explores the spectrum between content and its audiences and communities – everything from content to business to technology in the worlds of media and publishing. We start with a short interview with a guest, followed by some quick reactions from members of the Collaborative.

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    2.7 | Publisher Partnerships: B2B Solutions in Digital Transformation with Ixxus’ Steffanie Ness

    Mobile, web, print. Readers want to read in multiple modalities. Meeting readers where they want to experience content is one aspect of publishing’s “digital transformation.” Challenges such as cost control and speed to market lead publishers to digital transformation in operations. How can do content management solutions drive faster digital transformation, and set the stage for innovation? Why is reinventing workflow so important to digital transformation? How can publishers drive the most value from their service providers? In this episode, DigiPub host Sue Brown talks with Ixxus’ Steffanie Ness about specific steps publishers can take to achieve digital transformation -- and satisfy the need for product innovation while achieving operational savings. In the post-interview panel discussion, Sue is joined by Jack Cashman, of the Harvard Alumni Association, Laura Linnaeus, of Macmillan Learning, and Denis Saulnier, of Harvard Business Publishing; they talk about the learner audience and the influence technologies may have on the learning experience.

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    2.6 | From HarvardX to Harvard Business Analytics: Effective Online Learning with Stefan Esposito

    From academia to custom educational publishing to MOOCs to paid online programs, Stefan has seen it all. DigiPub host Laura Linnaeus talks with Stefan Esposito, Program Director for the Harvard Business Analytics Program (HBAP) and former Fellow and Manager of Instructional Development for HarvardX, about effective learning, the price of an online education, retention, and the sea of data that encompasses it all. In the post-interview panel discussion, Laura is joined by Denis Saulnier of Harvard Business Publishing, Jack Cashman of the Harvard Alumni Association, and Sue Brown of Macmillan Learning who engage in a brief panel reaction to the interview, including how it resonated with their various endeavors in publishing.

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    2.5 | Defining Fair Use with Kyle Courtney: What Is It and How Do We Use It?

    Fair use is a complicated topic for publishers, full of myths and misunderstandings, but it’s a crucial concept for publishers to understand in a fast-changing digital world. Digipub host Jack Cashman talks to Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor for Harvard University, who breaks down what exactly Fair Use is, how to define it, how to use it, and how to defend it. In the process, he busts a few Fair Use myths that won’t seem to die and reminds us that it’s safe to sing the Happy Birthday song again. In the post-interview panel discussion, Jack is joined by Denis Saulnier of Harvard Business Publishing, Laura Linnaeus of Macmillan Learning, and Sue Brown of Macmillan Learning who engage in a brief panel reaction to the interview to discuss how they’ve managed fair use and copyright issues in the past.

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    2.4 | The Traverse between Digital Media and Publishing with Vanessa Golembewski

    Are digital media companies publishing companies? Why do some companies shy away from the terms? How useful is a degree in publishing anyways? To find out, DigiPub host Laura Linnaeus talks with Vanessa Golembewski, Writer/Producer at NBCUniversal, comedian, and Moth storyteller. Vanessa takes us on the journey through her career from textbook editorial assistant to video producer to comedy writer. She tells us about what it was like to serve as the face of her brand at Refinery29, how she ended up starring in some surprising places, how gender proportions affected her career, and how some surprising content went viral. In the post-interview panel discussion, Laura is joined by Denis Saulnier of Harvard Business Publishing, Jack Cashman of the Harvard Alumni Association, and Sue Brown of Macmillan Learning who engage in a brief panel reaction to the interview, including how it resonated with their various endeavors in publishing.

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    2.3 | Leveraging Software Industry Tools for Authors and Publishers

    What can publishing production and editorial functions learn from how software developers work? Software engineers work all day with text, and often collaborate in ways that require intuitive yet powerful methods of collaboration and version control -- all traits they share in common with many aspects of the traditional publishing content workflow. DigiPub host Denis Saulnier gets insights on this from Andrew Savikas, former CEO of Safari and former O’Reilly executive who ran the Tools of Change for Publishing conferences. Andrew gives an overview of how these tools work and the value they bring to the publishing process, and also gives specific tool recommendations for publishing professionals interested in experimenting with them. In the post-interview panel discussion, Denis is joined by Sue Brown of Macmillan Learning, Jack Cashman of the Harvard Alumni Association, and Laura Linnaeus of Macmillan Learning, who engage in a brief panel reaction to the interview, including how it resonated with their various endeavors in publishing.

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    2.2 | Conversations from LearnLaunch 2018: Instructional Design with the Online Learning Consortium and Entangled Solution’s Michael Horn

    Designing online courses to accommodate personalized learning pathways is more possible using educational technologies. But how do publishers and instructors ensure these learning experiences are engaging and accessible? How does technology’s much-needed disruption to education balance against practical concerns of ensuring strong learner outcomes? What contributions do instructional designers and learning scientists make when implementing digital tools into the learning experience? DigiPub host Sue Brown had the opportunity to consider these questions while at LearnLaunch’s 2018 Across Boundaries Conference, This episode brings you two of those conversations with learning design practitioners as well as education visionaries. First, Jennifer Rafferty and Elisabeth Stucklen, of the Online Learning Consortium discuss instructional design, the OSCQR rubric, and the OLC’s Workshops. In the second part of this episode, Michael Horn shares his perspectives among many things, the importance of quality content to support learner-centered educational experiences. In the post-interview panel discussion, Sue is joined by Jack Cashman, of the Harvard Alumni Association, Laura Linnaeus, of Macmillan Learning, and Denis Saulnier, of Harvard Business Publishing; they talk about the learner audience and the influence technologies may have on the learning experience.

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    2.1 | Conversations from LearnLaunch 2018: edTech Start-ups AdmitHub, Authess, and Choosito

    Pressures to bring affordability and relevance to education are driving fascinating innovation within educational publishing. Open education resources promise affordability. Personalized learning experiences promise relevance. Authentic assessments promise an accurate measure of competence. These trends are made possible by developments in AI. How exactly does this technology underpin these important developments in education? Does AI technology improve the content curation, educator, and learner experiences? What is the interplay between content and AI? DigiPub host Sue Brown of Macmillan Learning met with several edTech innovators at LearnLaunch’s 2018 Across Boundaries Conference to turn over these questions. This episode features conversations with Paul Crockett, of Authess, Andrew Magliozzi, of AdmitHub, and Dr. Eleni Miltsakaki, of Choosito. In the post-interview panel discussion, Sue is joined by Jack Cashman, of the Harvard Alumni Association, Laura Linnaeus, of Macmillan Learning, and Denis Saulnier, of Harvard Business Publishing; they talk about the learner audience and the influence technologies may have on the learning experience.

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    1.5 | The Case for Open Access Research with Peter Suber from the Harvard Open Access Project

    Today, 45 percent of scholarly research is published in some kind of Open Access format. Why is so much research being published in this format? What exactly is Open Access research and why is it important to research institutions and researchers? How have traditional journal publishers responded to Open Access? What are universities and other research institutions doing to curate and collect Open Access research? Can we rely on for-profit Open Access publishers to preserve research when their profit motives change? Peter Suber sits down with Digi*Pub host Jack Cashman of the Harvard Alumni Association to talk through these questions in light of the Harvard Open Access Project’s goal to encourage the growth of open access to research at Harvard and beyond. In the post-interview panel discussion, Jack is joined by Laura Linnaeus and Sue Brown, both of Macmillan Learning, to talk about the benefits of openly available research, the opportunities for publishers to use careful curation of Open Access content as a means of revenue, and how Open Access research in specific fields can supercharge innovation and growth.

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    1.4 | What’s Your Flavor? The Flexibility of Creative Commons Licensing

    Content licensing and permissions: two topics that can strike terror into the hearts of publishers and spawn nightmare visions of labyrinthine contracts, endless hours of administrative toil, and exorbitant usage fees. But can Creative Commons licensing serve as the thread to help publishers navigate their way out of the permissions maze? Digi*Pub host Jack Cashman of the Harvard Alumni Association talks with Geoff Wilson, Intellectual Property Coordinator at MIT Office of Digital Learning, about how the different flavors of Creative Commons licensing allows publishers and content creators the flexibility to duplicate, reuse, and remix content, while still retaining the rights they want to protect. Following the interview, Jack joins a panel discussion with Denis Saulnier of Harvard Business Publishing, and Laura Linnaeus and Sue Brown, both of Macmillan Learning. They talk about Creative Commons as an adaption of traditional copyright to the speed of digital publishing world, how rightsholders can use Creative Commons as a brand builder, and how traditional publishers can utilize creative commons as an opportunity to escape from mountains of permissions contracts.

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