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Examples of our work
Recent projects undertaken by the Consultancy division include:
  • a number of confidential business development projects for venture capitalists, publishers and information providers;
  • a report on STM book publishing;
  • advising a scientific society during a potential change of journals publisher;
  • conference reports on
    • the ICSTI International Seminar on Open Access (Paris, 2003)
    • the International Patent Information Conference and Exposition (Lisbon, 2004);
  • preparing the launch of the Chemistry Central Journal, an open access chemistry journal;
  • providing business development services to a leading chemical software company;
  • providing business development services to a leading Indian database curator;
  • surveys and studies:
    • a study for JISC of the uptake of Web 2.0 technologies by chemists and economists
    • information habits of bench chemists,
    • strategic directions in the scientific information industry
    • the take-up of XML production technology by publishers;

Bill Town was co-organiser of a symposium on the future of scholarly communication held at the 2010 Spring ACS meeting in San Francisco. He was also co-organiser of a seminar on Open Access publishing at an ACS meeting in Philadelphia and has also been an invited speaker at both the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Process Engineering in Beijing and the Herman Skolnik Award Symposium at an ACS meeting in Washington, DC. He has recently given a series of lectures in UK and other European universities and companies, including locations in France and Italy, Denmark and Spain on behalf of a scientific publisher.