Vertically Integrated Research Alliances: A Chrysalis for Digital Scholarship. A White Paper for Community Discussion, Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Martin Halbert (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This is a time of transitions for the extended system of scholarly communication. Efforts are underway to create, disseminate, and sustain unprecedented new forms of scholarly inquiry which utilize the innovative capabilities of digital technologies. This white paper and the associated planning project that led to it is an attempt to better understand this time of transformation and the path forward. The planning project used a focal metaphor for this transitional period: a caterpillar entering a chrysalis to reform itself for a different kind of life as a butterfly. Hence the name: the Chrysalis planning project.The titular chrysalis of this white paper takes shape as a particular kind of quest: stakeholders engaged in scholarly communication today are now struggling to find new ways of undertaking their purposes in the digital age. The particular new organizational form studied in this project is something termed the “Vertically Integrated Research Alliance.” This white paper will set forth tentative claims regarding this organizational form, and how it might potentially be a better fit for sustaining new forms of digital scholarship. We do not claim that this is the sole new form of “butterfly” which will emerge from this transitional period, only that this form deserves some attention and experimentation. This white paper has been informed by a broad range of interviews with representatives from many different stakeholder groups that together comprise the system of scholarly communication, but rather than a final statement it should be considered a starting point for further discussions and experiments.

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Educopia Institute, Atlanta, GA, 2016.
Language: English
Date: 2015
scholarly communication, digital age

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