imageRecently, a search through the winding canals of Amsterdam would reveal more than the usual Dutch cheeses and Stroopwafels. You would discover tools for scientists to enhance communication, expedite publication, and engage annotation. Tis the city where Beyond the PDF2 Conference (#btpdf2), funded by Elsevier and hosted by FORCE 11 (the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship), took place March 19th and 20th.

Librarians, techies, professors, researchers, publishers, and students gathered in an older Dutch building Pakhuis de Zwijger to share novel ideas on how scientific communication should change with the advances of technology. A live twitter feed projected on the right wall, artists drawing cartoon visual notes on the left, and the traditional podium and PowerPoint in the front only to fool onlookers into believing this was a traditional conference. Not so! With the full program on Lanyrd showing speakers and their Twitter usernames, everyone watching (either in person or on the live stream) knew otherwise.

While many interesting topics where addressed, there were a few that stood out…