7 Focus Points For eLearning Professionals In 2020

The new decade is just around the corner, and the countdown for new eLearning trends coming into the picture has already started.

  • A report from Research and Markets suggests that the global eLearning industry is expected to grow from $176.12 billion in 2017 to reach $398.15 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 9.5%.
  • In 2017, approximately 77% of American companies used online learning [1].
  • According to a survey conducted by Towards Maturity in the year 2011, 72% of the 600 companies that were surveyed said that learning technology such as mobile learning, eLearning, etc. helped their business adapt more quickly to the change—an increase of 11% in last year [2].
  • In 2016, the self-paced eLearning product market amounted to 46.67 billion U.S. dollars and is projected to decrease to 33.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2021.
  • A report from Edgepoint Learning shows that 39% of millennials want to see more virtual education in the workforce by 2025 [3].

It’s evident from this growing number that one needs to know the industry trends to stay ahead of the competitors and enhance their existing offerings. So let’s have a look at these major game-changing drifts:

1. LXPs Will Play A Crucial Role

The next-level Learning Management Systems (i.e, Learning Experience Platforms) have already created a hype in terms of offering a customized, social, online learning experience for users. These AI-powered learning mediums are expected to be adopted in an extensive manner especially by large enterprises. World-renowned industry analyst Josh Bersin researched more than 20 different vendors and concluded that the LXP market has passed the $350 million mark.

2. Learner Analysis And Reporting Will Be A Popular Functionality

Student behavior is an important facet when it comes to eLearning. It’s important for companies to find out which courses are popular, what is the completion rate, who are proactive learners, where the learners are facing troubles, etc. Learner analytics finds out the answers to these questions and improves training. LMS platforms embedded with Experience API (xAPI), which registers learner activity and stores the data, will be on high demand from the start of next year.

3. User-Generated Content Will Be Prevalent

As per a report from Towards Maturity, the year 2017 witnessed a 38% rise in User-Generated Content [4]. With this huge leap, it’s evident that companies are inclining toward a more democratic approach to learning and knowledge sharing. In addition to this, the same report states that usage of bespoke content from external suppliers has decreased from 64% in 2014 to 52% in 2017 [4]. This fact clearly indicates that businesses will prefer User-Generated Content to be shared in eLearning solutions rather than sourcing them from elsewhere.

4. Video Content Will Thrive

Videos have become the most popular element on the internet today. Data from Insivia suggests that the video content uploaded in an average month is higher than the number of videos created by all 3 major US TV networks combined in 30 years [6]. Hence, we’re predicting that this integrative and engaging content format will be a fundamental part of workplace learning in 2020. Be it live streaming, video assignments, expert tips or practice demos, videos will be able to create an immersive simulating learning experience.

5. AR, VR, And MR Will Be Adopted

Visual learning has become common today. Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and mixed reality are slowly paving their way into eLearning platforms. Several Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing, UPS, and Walmart, have already introduced VR into worker education programs on a massive scale [7]. Although embedding these modes of technology is quite expensive, they produce enhanced learning experience and performance support.

6. Work-Life Skills Will Be The Highlight

Companies like Towards Maturity, Deloitte, and LinkedIn Learning are focusing on concepts such as problem-solving, communication skills, collaboration, and leadership management for digital learning. These are commonly referred to as work-life skills that empower people to succeed across different roles and adapt to changes. These work-life skills will continue to be a highlight for the coming year in the eLearning world, especially by companies who wish to retain staff and ensure future success.

7. Effective Mobile Learning Will Be Encouraged

Data shows that 600 million people worldwide subscribe to mobile learning applications. The market for mobile learning products and services is projected to grow by $70 billion by the year 2020. These figures clearly showcase why the eLearning industry prefers mobile learning which assures on-demand and enormous potential. Moreover, it’s very easy to create a piece of content that functions across all smart devices automatically.

To sum these trends up, in the coming year, eLearning is expected to become sophisticated and effective. Be it workforce training or online learning for students, traditional means of classroom teaching will slowly fade away. It’s important to become proactive and learn about these changes in order to be well-positioned in this cut-throat competitive market. However, it will be interesting to witness these new industry developments at the dawn of 2020.

With the turn of the century artificial intelligence has emerged out of the realm of science fiction and has found various practical applications in the real world, like self driving cars, FDA approved AI software for detection of eye diseases, sorting resumes, adding to your smartphone camera’s creativity, and even the Pentagon taking note of the possibility of artificial intelligence arms race, that’s after beating humans in chess and Jeopardy! (a language based game). AI can master problem solving that involves logic, mathematics and algorithm, it builds on the existing knowledge and learns to identify solutions, AI finds solutions to complex problems which would be daunting for unaided humans. Can AI also replicate humans in the sphere of creativity, can AI acquire creative strength as it evolves, or is creativity reserved solely for highly evolved sentient beings like humans?

Paradox

The arguments are ample on both sides. Through machine learning AI can recognize faces, interpret languages, write compelling ad copies and email subjects and beat humans in chess. Would you call this creative work? What about evoking human emotions through stories based on experiences and emotions, can robot writers do that? Machines can understand and reproduce patterns of storyline with different possible twists, but do they understand the depth of the story, unless the information is fed to it by humans? Machines can answer complex problems but can they ask questions?

In 2016 a Japanese AI software made an attempt to co-write a novella with human writers and almost won the Hoshi Shinichi Literary Award. The story was titled “The Day a Computer Writes a Novel”. “I was surprised at the work because it was a well-structured novel,” said science fiction writer and award judge Satoshi Hase. Jacob Brogan, an editor at the Washington Post was but cautious before getting impressed about a robot writing a story, the part that the novel was being co authored by humans wasn’t an excitement for him. Upon close examination of the event we get to know that the AI in question only remixed a novella already written by humans, the book’s components were broken into words, sentences, and basic structure before being fed to the machine.

Computers work on logic and math and theoretically there is no limit to how much they can learn, if they can learn to play chess they can be taught to learn what sort of writing humans like to read, and eventually may produce a best seller, they might even learn to paint. While a human writer is inspired by real life experiences and emotions, a robot is not capable of the same (as of now). We always have the writer of the story in the back our mind and unconsciously relate to his experiences or thoughts while moving through the story, how can we imagine the same for a robot?

The question is how would humans respond to this artificial creativity… Is there something more than raw creativity that humans find innately alluring… something that emerges from human experiences and emotions and can be connected to our lives rather than a robot’s life. Do we always need a human touch to a piece of art… it’s a paradox.

The Sophisticated Evil

Elon Musk’s  non-profit OpenAI has developed and recently released GPT-2, a large language model that can generate realistic paragraphs of text. GPT-2 can generate coherent text when given a snippet of input. The tool’s stunning efficient made it vulnerable to misuse and hence was released in stages and with caution. In its release blog OpenAI states that humans find GPT-2’s output convincing but also the programme can be fine-tuned for misuse. Fake news is on the top of the list of possible misuse which contains impersonating others online, automating the production of abusive or fake content for social media, and automating the creation of spam and phishing content. In 2016, Microsoft’s chatbot Tay, supposed to emulate a teenage girl online, within few hours of its release was fine tuned by somebody which resulted in the chatbot calling feminism a disease, approving of Hitler’s actions, abusing Barack Obama and spewing more hateful tweets.

Note: Elon Musk advises mankind to be extremely cautious about artificial intelligence, he has called AI humanity’s ‘biggest existential threat’ and compared it to ‘summoning the demon.’

Applications with Limited Creativity

While human’s creativity may not remain unrivalled in future, machine learning so far is best at understanding stories with a typical format like, quarterly reports of companies, weather or sports snippets. Salesforce’s Einstein Copy Insights uses machine learning to enable marketers to identify optimal words for email subject lines, text messages, social media copy and similar text. It also notifies users about under-performing marketing emails and offers recommendations for improvement. Google Search uses natural language processing to better understand how different words relate to each other in a search query. Microsoft is developing software to generate text for ads and Wall Street Journal is using ai to enhance its news coverage.

Heliograf is Washington Post’s robo reporter which churned out 300 reports during the Rio Olympics in 2016 and it helped the post cover House, Senate and gubernatorial races for all 50 states on election day. Currently this type of tools can be used to automate a bulk of news writing in some segments which constitute a large section of news, saving time for journalists or resources for publishers. The Associated Press has used bots to cover financial stories and USA Today has used video software to create short videos. Google’s Perspective API has been used by the New York Times and Disqus to moderate comment section on their news articles and blogs

Scholarly Writing

The most interesting use of artificial intelligence in content creation happened in scholarly publishing recently. Springer Nature published its first AI generated research book titled ‘Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research’. The pdf file, which is free for download mentions that the book is ‘cross-corpora auto-summarization of current texts from Springer Nature’s content platform “SpringerLink”, organized by means of a similarity-based clustering routine in coherent chapters and sections’. It automatically condenses a large set of papers into a reasonably short book. Henning Schoenenberger, Director Product Data & Metadata Management at Springer Nature, points out that this method allows for readers to speed up the literature digestion process of a given field of research instead of reading through hundreds of published articles. The book was presented at the recently concluded Frankfurt Book Fair 2019, here’s a video if you know Deutsch!

When asked if there’s a scalable business model in machine-generated book publishing Henning Schoenenberger said, ‘I do expect that machine-generated content will become a scalable business model at some point. However, as with many technological innovations, we also acknowledge that machine-generated research texts may become an entirely new kind of content with specific features not yet fully foreseeable but we assume that in future there will be a wide range of options to create content – from entirely human-created content, a variety of blended man-machine text generation to entirely machine-generated text.’

Here’s a video of a song created by text predictor mixing words from Bob Dylan and restaurant reviews in New York. It says ‘if you wanna travel underneath the worst bar in the West, knock on this establishment again’. Quite Impressive!

As research constitutes the progress of science, impact assessment of research publications has been an area of interest for a long time. The communication of research and developments happens through scholarly publications like journal articles, books, monographs, conference proceedings etc. and their impact is continually assessed through models like impact factors which are based on the number of citations received by each publication. Citations have been chiefly used to measure the importance or influence of a journal or a publication for over half a century, with the progress in publishing technologies and growing share of consumption of information on digital formats, the ability of citations to assess the importance of a publication is being scrutinized.

The lifecycle of a published research constitutes of many events, like general consumption by readers, citations by other researchers, tweets on Twitter, shares on LinkedIn and Facebook, grants, clinical trials, patents, policy documents and translation to mass application of the outcome of the research. Citation based assessment takes into account the number of times a paper has been cited by other researchers on their work, which represents only a tiny subset of the lifecycle of the original research, and its impact on science and society as a whole.

Massive amount of research and increased competitiveness is driving the interest in broader evaluation of research impact, also enabled by greater availability of data. Justification of public funds flowing into research is a crucial factor driving this interest. How do we measure the real impact a scientific publication has on research itself, and the world beyond science? How can all the stakeholders like academics, institutions, publishers, librarians, funders and government agencies have a comprehensive insight on the impact of a particular research?

Comprehensive evaluation of interest beyond citation

Digital Science – a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities at key points along the full cycle of research – understands the need for this greater evaluation, their tools Altmetric and Dimensions attempt to continually improve research and its assessment. Taking impact assessment beyond citations and impact factors, Altmetric derives data from digital spaces where publications have been mentioned, such as news websites, social media, Wikipedia and patents, this gives a complete picture of the reach and impact of the publications.

Short for alternative metrics, Altmetric offers relevant information about research articles and publications and their impact on wherever the content is consumed, accessed, or referred. Research papers go through great amount of engagement on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, Altmetric derives information from these platforms on the quantity of tweets, shares and mentions, which gives an insight on the attention, usage and impact of the research output.

Evaluating research lifecycle and its impact

The information around research publications has traditionally been limited to index of scholarly articles and citations, Digital Science’s another tool Dimensions, offers an interesting sets of data that capture the entire lifecycle of research, and its societal impact. This database offers the most comprehensive collection of linked data in a single platform; from grants, publications, and clinical trials to patents and policy documents. Dimensions allows the stakeholders to follow research from funding through output to impact, the coverage of data reveals interesting results and linkages among different aspects of the research.

What if these advanced tools that help the evolution of scientific research and its impact were integrated into the publishing platform itself… The result would be a universe of scientific publishing where publishing, reviewing, distribution & delivery, analytics, interest assessment and a comprehensive data on the impact and lifecycle of research papers are all in one place. iPC Scholar, an advanced digital publishing platform is one such universe. With its ability to publish and deliver scholarly content in various formats like, journals, ebooks, videos, courses, the platform now gets widgets for Digital Science’s tools like Altmetric, Dimensions and Figshare. This makes it the world’s most complete platform for digital publishing and impact assessment of scholarly content.

As science progresses and communication technologies advance, to understand the impact of research and publications is far more complex than simply measuring citations. The metrics for comprehensive insight and measurement can be diverse and measurable but the motive and the impact calculated from these metrics are still not clear for everybody, eg, what exactly to derive from the number of shares on social media is unclear. However, the availability of this information gives a broader view of the research, stakeholders can take more informed decisions on future research and investments, it gives end users a new way to discover research and analyse its relevance to them. Technology is transforming the way research is evaluated, discovered, and accessed, and as the complexity increases advanced technologies like big data and artificial intelligence will need to intervene to help humans derive the true meaning of the data in hand.

Impelsys Inc., a market leader in digital publishing, education technology and healthcare solutions today announced the launch of an advanced version of its flagship content and learning delivery platform, iPC Scholar. The version 2.0 release of iPC Scholar, launched on the sidelines of Frankfurt Book Fair, features a modernized UI, support for learning workflows and some key upgrades to address unique business challenges encountered by new-age publishers and education companies. 

iPC Scholar is a cloud-hosted, content agnostic platform that allows publishers, enterprises and education providers to integrate and securely deliver all their digital content including eBooks, journals, courses, videos, audio files, documents in Microsoft Word® and Microsoft PowerPoint® formats and custom formats to end users, directly through their own branded portal. The platform allows publishers to offer uniform customer experiences while gaining actionable insights on consumer interaction across all digital products.    

With the 2.0 version release, iPC Scholar is now fully refactored to a microservices architecture offering its customers unprecedented scalability and flexibility along with other key feature enhancements

Modernized UI

An easy to navigate, clear, responsive and intuitive user interface drives the success of any application or platform. With 2.0 release, iPC Scholar now has a revamped UI across all content types designed to engage the audience with sophisticated user experience. 

Support for learning workflows

iPC Scholar 2.0 supports typical workflows related to learning like assigning content to learners, assessing comprehension of content based on quizzes and assessments, tracking progress of learners and providing detailed reports. Additionally, functionality to nudge learners to finish assignments, and provide motivation via leaderboards is available.

Professional associations and education providers will now have the ability to manage and offer continuing education credits and certification programs to learners. And at the user-end, the learners can now earn credits and certificates for courses they have completed.

JATS support on journal reader

On the journals side, iPC Scholar 2.0 has an intuitive user interface and well defined workflows to manage journal hierarchies. To add to this, the journal reader, both online and offline versions, now support the JATS format – an XML that is used for online scientific publishing.

Integration with smart tools such as Altmetrics, Dimensions and Figshare

Impelsys has partnered with Digital Sciencea technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities along the full cycle of research – to bring to its publishers a set of smart tools such as Altmetrics, Dimensions and Figshare. Now journal publishers can acquire deeper understanding on how users interact with their content and drive traffic with engaging content that can be easily discovered.

“It is our constant endeavor to innovate and investing in our powerful IP and to keep updating the features of our products to address the evolving needs of the global publishing and education ecosystem”, said Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO of Impelsys Inc. “With our commitment to continuous innovation, the team is now involved in some path-breaking work at the Impelsys Innovations Lab with emerging technologies like AI, ML, NLP etc., which will soon be layered onto iPC Scholar.”    

About Impelsys

 Operating since 2001, Impelsys is a purpose-driven business committed to its vision of making the world a better place by helping spread knowledge through technology. Impelsys today is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from eBooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more, please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com | www.ipublishcentral.com

Impelsys Inc., a market leader in digital publishing, education technology and healthcare solutions, is celebrating its decade long presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year. With its continuous presence since 2009, Impelsys has been one of the most prominent and successful exhibitors at the world’s largest book fair.

Frankfurt Book Fair, taking place from 16 to 20 October this year is the most significant business event in the print and digital content industry that facilitates great number of international sales of rights and licenses. Beyond the regular business Frankfurter Buchmesse also offers an incredible social and cultural experience with a wide range of exciting events. With Norway as the Guest of Honor this year, its literature and culture will be the showcase event at the fair.

Announcements and highlights of Impelsys’ 10 Years at FBF

With the pedigree of Continuous Innovation over the last decade and more, Impelsys has established itself as an influencer and a thought leader in the publishing and learning landscape, making pioneering breakthroughs in platforms and technology services. iPC Scholar, Impelsys’ flagship platform is a cloud hosted, content agnostic solution that allows publishers, enterprises and education providers to integrate and securely deliver all their digital content including eBooks, journals, courses, videos, audio files, documents in Microsoft Word® and Microsoft PowerPoint® formats and custom formats to end users, directly through their own branded portal. Some of the major announcements from Impelsys at FBF 2019 are as follows:

Launch of iPC Scholar 2.0

 With the 2.0 version release, iPC Scholar is now fully refactored to a microservices architecture offering its customers unprecedented scalability and flexibility along with other key feature enhancements. The new version of iPC Scholar will sport a state-of-the-art UI along with the addition of features such as CME/ CPD Credit Management, JATS support on journal reader, and integration of smart tools such as Altmetrics, Dimensions and Figshare. 

Impelsys Innovation Lab

As businesses today are constantly trying to decipher consumer data to offer personalized solutions in order to stay relevant and competitive, publishers and learning providers are also joining the bandwagon. Impelsys Innovations Lab is set up with the vision of helping publishers stay ahead of their game in today’s consumer driven business landscape by leveraging emerging technologies.

The lab is envisioned as a research and development initiative that will collaborate with the market and develop solutions to address specific industry pain points. To kick start the engagement the lab will focus on various emerging and disruptive technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Big Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), IT Infrastructure, and Cloud Computing Services.

Some of the videos and demos of the latest offerings from Impelsys can be experienced at the Self-Serve Experiential Kiosk at booth J47, Hall 4.2.

Leadership Talks

Like every year Impelsys leadership team will be sharing the latest developments in technology and application of these technologies in the changing business environment of publishing and learning. Below are the details of the sessions for this year.

New frontiers in publishing and education – winning in the digital era

Speaker: Kotesh Govindaraju

EVP and Head of Americas – Impelsys Inc.

Day 1: 16th October 2019 

11:00 – 11:30am

Venue: Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

 Strategies of implementing artificial intelligence and machine learning into publishing and education platforms

Speaker: Sameer Shariff

Founder and CEO – Impelsys Inc.

Day 1: 16th October 2019 

03:30 – 4:00pm

Venue: Academic and Business Information Stage, Hall 4.2, N101

Reminiscing the 10 years journey with the Frankfurt Book Fair, Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO of Impelsys conveyed, “Frankfurt Book Fair is like homecoming for us, we just don’t want to miss it. The fair has given us a platform to showcase our expertise and technology to the world, helping us make numerous business and personal connections over the last several years. As we reach this important milestone, I would like to thank the organizers of the fair, all the wonderful people that we have had the privilege to meet along the journey and look forward to creating more successful partnerships in the future.”  

About Impelsys

Operating since 2001, Impelsys is a purpose-driven business committed to its vision of making the world a better place by helping spread knowledge through technology. Impelsys today is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from eBooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more, please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com | www.ipublishcentral.com

Impelsys Inc., a market pioneer in digital publishing, education technology and healthcare solutions has today announced a collaborative partnership with Digital Science, a leader in scholarly technology. The partnership will include the integration of Altmetric badges, Dimensions badges and the Figshare Viewer with the latest version of its flagship journal distribution platform, iPC Scholar 2.0.

A valuable addition to the measurement of research dissemination and influence, the Altmetric and Dimensions badges will be an embed option for publishers who host their journals on the iPC Scholar 2.0 platform. The badges will provide authors and visitors with an at-a-glance summary of online engagement and scholarly citations for individual articles. Users will be able to click on the badges to view further detail about the attention a publication has received – including where it has been referenced in the news, policy documents, patent records, and on social media.

The alliance will also see iPC Scholar 2.0 offer the Figshare Viewer to its customers, enabling journals to help researchers to preserve and share their research outputs, including figures, datasets, images and videos. Figshare is a cloud-based platform that makes it easy to upload supplementary data and helps researchers to get credit for all of their work, not just the resulting publication. 

Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO at Impelsys, said: “The scholarly landscape is becoming increasingly open and connected. We are committed to ensuring that our publishers can benefit from this evolving ecosystem. We are delighted to partner with Digital Science, which allows us to extend their powerful technologies and services to publishers hosted on our iPC Scholar platform.”

Adrian Stanley, Managing Director, Publishers at Digital Science, commented: “We are really pleased that Impelsys now allows for the easy implementation of these market-leading Digital Science services. All of these tools support scholars in making their research more open and discoverable, whilst ensuring they are able to better track and showcase the influence of their work. We look forward to seeing these integrations benefit users in the global markets that Impelsys serves.”

Impelsys announced the release of version 2.0 of its flagship platform, iPC Scholar at the Frankfurt Book Fair earlier today. Some of the key showcased features include a modernized UI offering an intuitive and holistic user experience, support for learning workflows, JATS support on both online and offline journal readers and integration with smart tools from Digital Science among other features designed to address unique business challenges encountered by new-age publishers.

About Impelsys

Operating since 2001, Impelsys is a purpose-driven business committed to its vision of making the world a better place by helping spread knowledge through technology. Impelsys today is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers and enterprises – managing content and learning delivery on their flagship platform – iPublishCentral Suite, the World’s Most Comprehensive Read-to-Learn Solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from eBooks to simulations to online courseware.

To learn more, please write to corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com | www.ipublishcentral.com

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a technology company working to make research more efficient. We invest in, nurture and support innovative businesses and technologies that make all parts of the research process more open and effective. Our portfolio includes brands including Altmetric, Anywhere Access, Dimensions, Figshare, ReadCube, Symplectic, IFI Claims, GRID, Overleaf, CC Technology, Gigantum, Ripeta and Writefull. We believe that together, we can help researchers make a difference. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

About Dimensions

Dimensions is a modern, innovative, linked research knowledge system that re-imagines discovery and access to research. Developed by Digital Science in collaboration with over 100 leading research organizations around the world, Dimensions brings together grants, publications, citations, alternative metrics, clinical trials and patents to deliver a platform that enables users to find and access the most relevant information faster, analyze the academic and broader outcomes of research, and gather insights to inform future strategy. Visit Dimensions’ website at https://dimensions.ai and find us on Twitter @DSDimensions.

About Figshare

Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. Figshare’s aim is to become the place where all academics make their research openly available. It provides a secure cloud based storage space for research outputs and encourages its users to manage their research in a more organized manner, so that it can be easily made open to comply with funder mandates. Openly available research outputs will mean that academia can truly reproduce and build on top of the research of others. Visit www.figshare.com

About Altmetric

Altmetric’s mission is to track and analyze the online activity around scholarly literature. We collate what people are saying about published research outputs in scholarly and non-scholarly forums like the mainstream media, policy documents, social networks, and blogs to provide a more robust picture of the influence and reach of scholarly work. Altmetric works with some of the biggest publishers, funders, and institutions around the world to deliver this data in an accessible and reliable format. Altmetric is supported by Digital Science. Find out more at altmetric.com and follow us on Twitter @altmetric.

Impelsys Inc., a market leader in digital publishing and education technology solutions across diverse industries including healthcare, engineering, and finance, announced its partnership with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. With this partnership, ASABE will migrate its technical library platform that hosts its internationally recognized scientific and research publications and standards to iPC Scholar, Impelsys’ flagship content and learning delivery platform. The new system is scheduled to debut in April 2020.

Established in 1907 and headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, ASABE has members in over 100 countries. ASABE’s goal is to advance the application of agricultural and biological sciences to develop efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of producing food, fiber, timber, and renewable energy sources for an ever-increasing world population. ASABE provides a forum for communication of research findings through conferences, scientific journals, and magazines.

iPC Scholar, a cloud-hosted, content-agnostic platform, will allow ASABE to provide a unified customer experience across different types and formats of publications including ebooks, journals, magazines, meeting papers, conference proceedings, textbooks, and teaching materials and monographs, all within a white-labeled ecosystem of web portals and mobile apps. ASABE can also derive extensive insights on consumer journeys across these asset classes through comprehensive reports and actionable analytics generated by the powerful analytics engine of iPC Scholar.

“We are delighted to partner with ASABE on this platform upgrade,” said Sameer Shariff, Founder and CEO of Impelsys. “While information is important for today’s consumers, the manner in which it is delivered and the overall experience are becoming ever more critical. We hope our technology will help ASABE serve humanity by advancing engineering applicable to food and agriculture.”

“ASABE strives to widely disseminate engineering and technological solutions toward creating a sustainable world with abundant food, water, and energy, and a healthy environment,” said Darrin Drollinger, Executive Director of ASABE. “Through this partnership with Impelsys, we will be able to advance those efforts significantly.”

About ASABE

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. ASABE membership is open to all, engineers as well as non-engineers, who are interested in engineering and technology for agricultural, food, and biological systems. For further information, contact ASABE headquarters at 269-429-0300, email hq@asabe.org, or visit www.asabe.org.

About Impelsys

Operating since 2001, Impelsys is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for education providers, publishers, and enterprises, including content management and learning delivery on its flagship platform iPublishCentral, the world’s most comprehensive read-to-learn solution. Impelsys provides courseware development and content engineering services across the digital product development lifecycle, helping clients build new digital products ranging from ebooks to simulations to online courseware. To learn more, email corpmarketing@impelsys.com or visit www.impelsys.com or www.ipublishcentral.com

Frankfurt Book Fair 2019, as we know is the confluence of culture and content. From the past 70 years, this grand event has brought together authors, publishers, professional visitors, and readers all under one roof. It manages to captivate people from all over the world over and over again. 

 

This year starting from 16th October till 20th October it’s expected to be a grand spectacle again and we’re all set to welcome publishing houses, associations, and societies at our exhibition booth J47, Hall 4.2. The number of exhibitors at the event is expected to be over 7500. There will also be 109+ countries participating along with 2,85,000 visitors, and above 10,000 journalists and bloggers. As usual, there would be multiple highlights such as business conferences, a book fest, arts event, gourmet gallery, literary gala, reading marquee, campus weekend, cosplay, and many more.

 

For Impelsys, it is a special earmarked event as we reach the 10th anniversary at this exhibition. If you’re wondering what’s in our agenda then we’ll be making some major announcements about iPC Scholar and some of our recent initiatives as a part of our Innovation Lab, which are:

  • An AI/ML layer on iPC Scholar which will offer enhanced services to publishers such as product bundling, product enrichment, virtual tutor, and other perks.
  • Metadata tagger which will enhance the content metadata, categorize, and granulate it via a knowledge graph.
  • MCQ/QA generator which will automatically create MCQs from the text of the article or a chapter of the book.
  • Audience segmentation which will separate casual learning from professional learners, a novice from an expert, a consumer from a decision-maker, and will work in many other ways to aid the recommendation engine to take the right path.

With this initiative, we aim towards bringing a plethora of emerging and disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing, IT Infrastructure, and Cloud Computing services. 

 

Our attendees at the event will include:

 

To schedule an appointment with our expert panel click here. We wholeheartedly believe the fact that companies need to utilize revolutionary technologies to gain an edge in the industry today. That’s where our set of disruptive technological solutions would aid them in going forward. 

 

We’re excited to connect and network with everyone associated in the publishing industry and hope to create an impact with our Impelsys Innovation Lab. 

 

Make sure to visit our booth J47, Hall 4.2 to get thorough insights or email us at corpmarketing@implesys.com for further details.

Few weeks from now, the world’s biggest gathering  of the publishing and related industries will take place at Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt Book Fair, by statistics and impact is undoubtedly the world’s biggest book fair, it takes place in October usually and this year the dates are 16 to 20 October. Taking place on the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds, Frankfurt Book Fair is the most significant marketing event in the print and digital content industry that facilitates great number of international sales of rights and licences.

Publishing professionals, writers, creative professionals and fans come from all over the world to network, hold discussions, negotiate, make decisions, and to be in awe of the grandeur of the fair and celebrate. Close to 7,500 exhibitors showcase their latest offerings at the fair, exhibitors mainly constitute of publishers, agents, booksellers, service providers, professional and trade associations, institutions, software and multimedia suppliers and they come from over 100 countries across the world. About 285,000 visitors visited Frankfurter Buchmesse in 2018.

Norway is 2019 the Guest of Honour of Frankfurter Buchmesse this year. Norwegians read more than any other European nationality, and the country has produced three winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The guest country will present its literature and culture at the fair in Frankfurt, as well as in many other locations throughout Germany. 

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s most important trading place for printed and digital content, but it is also an incredible social and cultural experience that offers a wide range of exciting events. Some interesting and informative events at the messe this year are…

Cosplay – Gourmet Gallery – Frankfurt Audio – Frankfurt Kids – Frankfurt EDU – BOOKFEST

Click here to know more about the highlight events at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019

While these are some of the highlight events at the fair, there are some 2243 odd other events (as of now) listed in the website, now imagine the magnitude of the event and the impact it would have around the world. . Impelsys has two speaking sessions this time as well, below is the information about the sessions. The sessions are informative and free to attend, you could also visit our booth at J47, Hall 4.2 to know about Impelsys Innovations Lab and the release of iPC Scholar version 2.0.

Impelsys Innovations Lab is a recently launched initiative where we will be working on various emerging and disruptive technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Big Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing (NLP), IT Infrastructure, and Cloud Computing Services. Also at FBF 2019, iPC Scholar, Impelsys’ flagship content delivery platform for eBooks, journals, videos and courses, will be released with feature updates, it will have advanced support for content and learning delivery.

Speaking Sessions at FBF 2019 from Impelsys’ Leadership Team

New frontiers in Publishing and Education – Winning in the digital era Effective Knowledge Management and Digital Transformation strategies with iPC Scholar
Day 1: 16th October 2019 

11:00 – 11:30 am

Venue: Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

Speaker: Kotesh Govindaraju – EVP and Head of Americas – Impelsys Inc.

Day 1: 16th October 2019 

03:30 – 4:00 pm

Venue: Academic and Business Information Stage, Hall 4.2, N101

Speaker: Stefan Kend – EVP and Head of EMEA & APAC – Impelsys Inc.

Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important international event for the publishing industry, as well as a key trendsetter for society and a major cultural festival. The platform it provides for business opportunities, networking, education and entertainment for industry professionals and culture fans is exhaustive and unrivalled. Nowhere else would we meet more number of professionals from the media and publishing industry than at Frankfurt Book Fair. Professionals use this opportunity to expand their network and open up new business opportunities, to market their products or hunt for the right suppliers. It’s the biggest gathering of the publishing world, a global melting pot of everything that happens in the industry, a place to be for publishing professionals and literature fans from around the world.

One of the most anticipated publishing industry events of the year, Digital Book World 2019 is just around the corner. This year DBW takes place September 10-12 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. DBW is a gathering of publishing communities from across the world where nearly 1000 executives and leaders from trade publishing, scholarly publishing, independent publishing, educational publishing, corporate publishing, and all of the technology companies that serve them, come together to share, learn and network.

DBW is distinct from many other conferences, the event is known for lending different insights on publishing trends every year, and a trendsetter in the industry for the next 6-12 months. It’s a place where you can listen to valuable talks from industry leaders representing organizations which are currently changing the facet of publishing. This year Lisa Lucas, one of publishing’s dynamic young leaders and the executive director of the National Book Foundation, is providing the keynote. DBW is also a place to get first hand information about new products and services, new tools and ecosystems, new revenue streams, new ways of thinking, and a new sense of community.

Some of the big names we will hear from at DBW 2019 are…

National Book Foundation, Audible, Penguin Random House, The US Copyright Office, LSC Communications, Foreword Reviews, Dolly Parton’s, Amazon’s Alexa team, The Motovun Group, The University of Michigan, Mike Shatzkin, BISG, Microsoft, Hachette, Kickstarter, The Fisher Company, The DAISY Consortium, Firebrand, Capstone, Talaera, Simon & Schuster, Southwest Airlines, The House of Anansi Press, Human eSources, Innovation and Tech Today, Scenarex, Orna Ross and ALLi, The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, Books + Publishing, FutureProof Content, Novel Effect, Vearsa, Readerbound, Earplay, Dosdoce, Klopotek, Simon Fraser University, The Writer, Overdrive, Books International, Macmillan, and many, many more.

The DBW Awards will be distributed at a reception programme on  Tuesday, September 10, after the day’s program concludes. The reception will also see Mike Shatzkin’s inducted into the Publishing Hall of Fame, and the Celebrity Roast of BISG’s Brian O’Leary. The DBW Reception is included complimentary with full conference registration. Alternatively, a limited number of passes are available here.

Impelsys, as every year will exhibit at DBW 2019. Stationed at  booth #302 this year we present to you our flagship publishing platform, iPC Scholar. The platform for publishing and elearning is leveraged by over 200 publishers and associations across the world in steering their digital expansion. Impelsys helps all types of publishers and enterprises to upgrade to cutting edge technologies – to fully leverage the power of digital publishing. Register here for a free demo of iPC Scholar at DBW 2019.

Digital Book World is one rare event where you get to see things differently and you meet really important people. This year we are looking forward to meeting a lot of people and we are excited about it, hope to see you in Nashville very soon…