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Director of Training and Publications Dan Loomis

Looking for a new, affordable way to put conference proceedings, speaker presentations or session handouts online for your next annual meeting?

Or maybe your association is looking for a way to create an entire eLibrary of scholarly publications and technical conference papers from the past 10, 20 or 30+ years?

Most associations are at some stage of creating an online content strategy. Some associations are just looking for a way to quickly place some handouts online, while others are looking for a way to put an entire library of association knowledge online for members and non-members alike to easily find and search.

2 Ways Associations Create Digital Publishing Platforms

Many associations are now using digital publishing platforms for their annual meeting materials and/or full library of educational publications.

Here are two ways you can use a digital publishing platform:

  1. Conference Handout Website: Some associations are using a simplified digital publishing platform to host their symposium materials. It’s a low-cost way to put session handouts, speaker presentations and conference proceedings online for an annual meeting. Websites are all branded, optimized for search engines and have full text and advanced search options so attendees can find the handouts they’re looking for quickly.
  2. Digital Library of Scholarly Content: A full-fledged digital publishing platform hosts and organizes years of conference proceedings and scholarly publications in one centralized hub (we’re talking thousands of documents). This eLibrary has all the benefits of the simple conference handout website, but offers more access management and more customized and advanced features to meet specific objectives.

It’s Not a Learning Management System

It’s important to remember that a digital publishing platform is not a Learning Management System (LMS). Digital publishing platforms (whether they are simple conference websites or full-blown archives of digital content) are discoverable by major search engines, host various types of content from journals to webinars and have advanced search options within the site.

Still confused? Check out more of the differences between a Digital Publishing Platform and LMS.