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Joseph Esposito
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Independent management consultant working primarily with digital publishing, but also with software and education technology companies. My work is divided between for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
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Management consultant to the publishing, education, and software industries.
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I am a management consultant working primarily in the world of digital media, software, and publishing. My clients include both for-profits and not-for-profits. A good deal of my activity concerns research publishing, especially when the matter at issue has to do with the migration to digital services from a print background.  But I also work with trade and education publishers and in education technology.  Prior to setting up my consulting business, I served as CEO of three companies (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Tribal Voice, and SRI Consulting), all of which I led to successful exits. Typically I work on strategy issues, advising CEOs and Boards of Directors on direction; I also have managed a number of sticky turnarounds. Among other things, I have been the recipient of grants from the Mellon, MacArthur, and Hewlett Foundations, all concerning research into new aspects of publishing.  I write extensively about strategy for publishing and digital media companies and also regularly make conference presentations.  
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I just posted about a new article by Rick Anderson on special collections for libraries, which he would like to emphasize over readily available content.  http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/08/07/for-libraries-the-future-is-a-foreign-country/
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I just posted a piece on what happens when the marginal cost of content is no longer zero.  This touches on the issue of Net Neutrality and would have an impact on assumptions concerning open access.

BTW, anyone else notice that the interfaces for all Google services are getting harder to figure out and more complicated?  Took me forever to post this.  They should buy Yahoo! and bring back Marissa Mayer.
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The fate of Springer has been resolved:  it has been acquired by yet another private equity firm.  Here is the Reuters press release:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-springerscience-sale-idUSBRE95G17120130619.  I have been reading around about this all morning.  The most interesting tidbit (other than the stratospheric valuation) is that growth is anticipated in developing countries and open access.
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I just published a blog post on "the personality of a publisher."  I had been working on this for a while when the topic came up in this community.  The community discussion helped me to formulate my thinking.  I acknowledge William Gunn for his input.  http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/06/03/the-personality-of-a-publisher/
While we tend to think of publishing as an attempt to make objectively true comments about the quality of research, in fact publishing is driven by personality. Services that try to eliminate such...
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There is only a handful of publishers that have margins like that, but those margins are almost entirely attributable to scale.  Journal publishing (with some very few exceptions) is a business of developing efficient administrative systems to manage a large number of very small properties.  Meanwhile, the cost per article continues to drop year by year.
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I just posted a piece on IP and the university:  http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/01/07/intellectual-property-is-a-universitys-best-friend/.  My view is that copyrights should be managed in a way that is modelled on patent management.
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More over, it will mean that researchers will have to spend even more time talking to lawyers. The success of the university research system is surely at least in part because we can research things that don't necessarily have a business model associated with them.
During my life time this has got less and less true -- everything (except for banks) has to have a business model and I think society as a whole are the poorer for it.
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I just posted an essay on open access and professional societies, which was inspired by a comment by the head of SPARC, Heather Joseph.  The link is here:  http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/08/01/open-access-and-professional-societies/
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A fair point.  It's the same thing as a cable TV subscription.  I really detest having to pay for channels I never watch.
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Inasmuch as the Scholarly Kitchen has been a frequent topic in this community, I thought this news about a change in leadership might be of interest:  http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/06/10/a-new-head-chef-in-the-kitchen-changes-in-leadership-mean-changes-in-leadership/
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There was a huge and unexplained management change at PLOS.  Anyone know what happened?  http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/05/13/plos-stakeholders-and-shareholders/
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PLOS has offered no clarification concerning its management change.  To my amazement, few find this to be an interesting topic.
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I just reposted an essay, "Open Access 2.0," which was not showing up in search engine results:  http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2013/02/20/open-access-2-0-access-to-scholarly-publications-moves-to-a-new-phase/.  I wrote this several years ago and would update it if time permitted.  For reasons that are unclear to me, the library site where it was hosted was not being indexed by Google except for the title, or so people have told me offline.
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Want to read Isaac Newton's papers ? That's now possible, thanks to the University of Cambridge that hosts more than 4000 pages, including the Principia.

The reading is quite difficult, transcriptions aren't available all the time, but the project is impressive and I welcome such initiatives ! Thanks +Cambridge University Library
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This is a good place. I hope they are successful. It's a very relaxed way to watch a movie. We find ourselves going out to this theater with some frequency, leaving HBO and Netflix at home.
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