Following the completion in July 2011 of our last planned summer session, SCI entered a new phase of work (1 January 2012 to 31 August 2013) focusing on the following program areas:
SCI is undertaking concentrated work in these three areas, with continued generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Our goals for this period include fostering further development of new‐model scholarly authoring and production processes; rethinking and redesigning the methodological training of humanities scholars and scholarly communication professionals for the digital age; and building support for the humanities by articulating their value in and for the digital age.
These program areas evolved from conversation at recent SCI institutes. Participants’ attention reflected a growing sense of urgency felt by scholars and their scholarly societies, by presses and academic publishers, and by research libraries. The urgency is not only to understand the rapidly evolving landscape of scholarly communication, but to shape it by enacting a clear vision for scholarly communication in and for the digital age, a vision that carries forward centuries‐long traditions of humanities scholarship.
Developing a shared vision is difficult given the scale of uncertainty about even near‐term conditions—economic, political, technical, and social. But SCI participants and leaders have long agreed that the way to shape the future is to participate actively in building it. That is the goal of SCI’s current activities.
Please see “About Us” for more information on the background and structure of SCI.