Artificial intelligence, machine learning, semantics and virtual reality: what do these technologies mean for publishers? What does ‘story telling’ in virtual spaces bring to the table – and how does it work? Why is it tantamount to a revolution when thousands upon thousands of academic articles are suddenly findable with a simple Internet search – right alongside free content without any discernible distinction? What challenges does an academic and professional publishing house face when a machine is able to import even the largest repository of content flawlessly? What values does this create? And what does it mean for employees?

At the Publishers’ Forum, we will explore these new spaces with a view to practical applications here and now:

  • Dirk Strohe from Nomotekt will explain the fundamentals of artificial intelligence using the example of a legal publisher that has automated the conversion of their body of knowledge into publishable content;
  • Henning Schönenberger will show how SpringerNature is making vast numbers of academic publications publicly findable and directly accessible with SciGraph and linked open data;
  • Mark van Mierle will present the first virtual reality application for the educational market that Cornelsen successfully trailed in schools;
  • Philip Mohr from Hashplay will demonstrate what a virtual reality platform is capable of – namely the presentation of different kinds of content in an astonishing new medium, no matter whether it’s a presentation at a trade fair or simple story;
  • The theoretical links between these topics and their applications will be educed by Outsell’s David Worlock, one of the most experienced analysts in the business when it comes to assessing the relevance of technological innovations and member of the Publishers’ Forum Editorial Board.