Practical Ethics (2004)
The second SCI, held at the University of Virginia in 2004, convened institutional teams (senior scholars, junior scholar/graduate student, University administrator and librarian) to focus on opportunities for innovation in digital scholarship in a specific field: Practical Ethics. For SCI2 digital scholarship was not a prerequisite. Instead, the focus on a discipline counted on peer-to-peer adoption of technology in pursuit of core disciplinary inquiry. Prior to the actual Institute, teams from Duke University, Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Virginia were assembled. At the Institute, they participated along with other individuals with expertise in electronic and print publishing, initiatives in digital scholarship, libraries, and technology. SCI2 opened by having the senior scholars identify and discuss some of the challenges and key problems facing this relatively new field. The teams also saw demonstrations of existing digital initiatives in other fields. By the end of the Institute, three of the teams had committed to returning to their institutions to launch projects that would address some of the challenges in the field. Currently, these projects are in various stages of development, and the teams communicate continuously. In an effort to inform their colleagues of the methods and potential of digital scholarship, they reported on the SCI2 discussions and their progress as part of a panel at the 2005 annual meeting of the Association for Professional and Practical Ethics.