Informatics Research Seminar: Papers without Borders– New Models for Scholarship in a Digital Age

December 7 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Brad Hemminger
Presented from Duke University



As we transition to entirely digital means of scholarly communications, there are opportunities to not only incrementally improve scholarship, but to more radically transform it to make the process of science and discovery much more efficient.   This presentation will include some of our visions for new models of scholarly communications, and early results from some of our projects in this area.  The talk will focus on four areas:

  • how publishing of journal articles may change to where we put everything in one universal journal at no cost
  • how our evaluations of quality of research work will encompass more than just citation counts or impact factors
  • how we can share our thoughts about work through a global annotation system
  • how we’ll be discovering research articles and reading them on mobile devices (iPads and iPhones)


Brad Hemminger is an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina. He has a joint appointment in Carolina Center for Genome Sciences, and is an adjunct in the Department of Radiology in the School of Medicine where he was a research associate prior to joining SILS.  He has a number of areas of research interests including digital scholarship, information seeking, visualization and user interface design, digital libraries and biomedical health informatics.   He has published over 75 papers, served on several international standards committees (DICOM, AAPM), and consulted for a number of companies in the areas of visualization and user interfaces.   He currently teaches databases, biomedical health informatics, information visualization, and digital information management and scholarship for scientists.   He is director the Informatics and Visualization Lab at UNC, and directs the Center for Research and Development of Digital Libraries.   His current research interests are focused on developing new paradigms for scholarship, publishing, information seeking and use by academics in this digital age.   He serves as a reviewer for over a dozen journals and conferences, and is a member of AAPM, ACM, ACR, AMIA, ASIST, IEEE, MIPS, SLA, and SPIE.