Heather Staines has extensive experience in scholarly communications, supporting commercial and nonprofit publishers and service providers through global business development and community engagement. She brings broad experience in strategy and business model creation for established and startup level organizations, developing partnerships with content providers from every market segment. Her recent focus has been on open access, open source, and open infrastructure to better serve societies, university presses, and other players across books and journals. She has a long running interest in standards, identifiers, and metadata creation, working with knowledge bases, discovery services, linked data, and knowledge graphs.

Heather is active in industry and professional organizations, including the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the International STM Association, and the Council of Science Editors. She’s worked with librarians and researchers through the Charleston Library Conference, NASIG, Force11, and Researcher to Reader. She currently serves on the COUNTER Board of Directors and the NISO Transfer Committee.

Prior to joining Delta Think, she held roles at the nonprofits Hypothesis and MIT Knowledge Futures Group and also worked at Springer Nature, SIPX, and Proquest. She has a Ph.D. in military and diplomatic history from Yale University.