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Submit your proposal to join SCI 2020 in October – this year’s theme is Community, Collaboration, and the Commons

Note: Sadly, we must announce that this year’s Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute will be canceled due to the ongoing uncertainty over the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the health, travel, and economic constraints related to it. Please see this announcement for more information.


The Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute invites you to participate in SCI 2020, its seventh year in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. This year’s theme will be Community, Collaboration, and the Commons, and the program will take place from October 4 to 8, in Durham, North Carolina, USA.

TriangleSCI is not your typical academic conference – it’s four days of concentrated but relaxed time with a diverse cohort of individuals who have come to start new projects they have proposed, in teams they have built and with advice and contributions from participants on other teams and a set of interlocutors and experts who work across teams.

You set the agenda, and you define the deliverables – TriangleSCI provides the scaffolding for your team to develop its project. If your team’s proposal is selected, SCI will cover all the costs for team members to participate, including travel, meals, and accommodations, including for international participants. For more information about how TriangleSCI works, see the FAQ and links from previous years of SCI.

Probably the best way to get a sense of what it’s like is through the words of participants from past years, for example: “One of the best scholarly experiences I’ve had.”; “an amazing incubator of ideas, innovation and collaboration. Grateful to be a part of this incredible experience!”; “participating in #TriangleSCI was a highlight of my 2019“; “I can’t recommend this opportunity strongly enough. Run, don’t walk!“; “It was a privilege to participate to this fantastic gathering last year… It’s a unique opportunity for international teams to get together & work on a project.“; My 2016 @TriangleSCI experience gave me the space and time to collaborate deeply with new colleagues & incubate a project … that has become foundational to all my work. What a gift.“. Learn more about TriangleSCI from the perspective of participants, for example from this podcast (with transcript) and other highlights from SCI 2019 and previous years.

This year’s theme is Community, Collaboration, and the Commons, described in part this way in the page about the theme:

When librarians, publishers, and academics talk about “scholarly communication,” we usually have a particular definition in mind: “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use.” But “scholarly community” is curiously left undefined.

Who is part of this community, and do we really mean to limit scholarly communications dissemination to them? What about the “public”? What about the subjects of our research? Taxpayers? Industry? Students? Most academic authors probably imagine some or all of these as being relevant or important audiences for their work. Yet in many cases the processes, infrastructure, and economics of scholarly communication do not include them, and even when they do, it’s mainly as consumers or supposed beneficiaries of the scholarly work, and not as contributors to it or interlocutors with it.

For the 2020 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute, we invite proposals from teams that aim to broaden the definition of “community” as it pertains to scholarly communication, and to develop projects and initiatives that will help activate these communities as valued participants in scholarly communication. What can the core constituencies of scholarly communication do to ensure that more of the process is open to collaboration with broader communities, and more of the outputs become part of a globally available commons?

Please see the theme page for more information, including some ideas of who you might bring together to form a team, and questions you might address – we’re looking for a broad and diverse set of perspectives, and teams that will address both specific and general problems and opportunities. This is a great opportunity to launch a new project, have some concentrated time to develop an existing project with a broader set of collaborators, or just to begin to explore and experiment with ideas that are difficult to pursue in your usual work context. Remember that if your proposal is selected, your expenses to participate will be covered by SCI, so this is a great opportunity for potential participants who might normally find traveling to such a program cost-prohibitive.

Between 2014 and 2019 TriangleSCI was held at the Rizzo Center, a conference center affiliated with UNC-Chapel Hill, that featured a retreat-like atmosphere. For 2020 we’ll be moving to the center of Durham, where, in keeping with this year’s theme, TriangleSCI programming will be more integrated into the community. The main venue will be The Rickhouse, a historic tobacco building in Durham’s Central Park neighborhood that was recently renovated to an event space, with a large deck overlooking the historic Durham Athletic Park (setting for the film Bull Durham). SCI 2020 participants will have lodging at The Durham Hotel, in a renovated mid-century modern bank building, a short walk from the Rickhouse on Durham’s central square. Meals will be in nearby restaurants and the soon to be opened Durham Food Hall. Plans are in process to host some parts of the program at the newly renovated Durham Public Library downtown branch and/or other venues in historic downtown Durham. More details will be posted on our Venue and Logistics page as they become available.

Durham Central Park mural

To participate, form a team of 4 to 6 people, and submit a proposal along the lines of what’s described in the Request for Proposals (RFP). Proposals are due by the end of the day on May 1, 2020.

If you have questions that aren’t already answered in the FAQ, please contact scholcomm-institute@duke.edu and we’d be glad to help. You might also find some people you know in TriangleSCI cohorts from past years, and you can ask them about their experience and get tips from them about what made their proposal and project successful.

Thanks as always to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for continuing to provide funding for the Triangle SCI and making all of this possible!

[ Header photo by Jaddy Liu used under Unsplash free license. Durham Central Park photo by Paolo Mangiafico used under CC-BY license. Golden hour reflection photo by Mario Purisic used under Unsplash free license. ]

Photo of SCI 2019 participants

SCI 2019 highlights

The 2019 Scholarly Communication Institute was held from October 13 to October 17, and this year’s theme was “Equity in Scholarly Communication”.

Five teams convened to work on projects they proposed in the spring, and to work across teams to better understand the structural and situational issues that present challenges to a more equitable scholarly communication and publishing ecosystem. During the course of the institute they explored ideas, developed initiatives, and launched projects aimed at promoting positive change.

Once the five days of the Institute, we collected highlights in the blog post below – featuring tweets, photos, links, and other information that reflect what was going on at the Institute.

You can join in the conversation too. Each year many SCI participants have been active on Twitter during the program, using the #TriangleSCI hashtag. Follow along there or in this list gathering tweets from the SCI 2019 cohort, send us questions, give us your suggestions, and engage with us as we further develop and implement ideas and projects.

If you’re interested in participating in person in SCI 2020, look for the next theme and request for proposals on this site in January. We’re happy to announce that we’ve received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue TriangleSCI for three more years. We’re grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their ongoing support of this program, and look forward to 90+ more people being able to participate in the next 3 years!

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Feminist-Centered Collaborative Scholarly Communication Living Toolkit / Caja Viva de Herramientas para la Comunicación Académica, Colaborativa, y Feminista

This is the fifth and final in a series of posts about each of the teams that will be attending SCI 2019, and their projects. This one was submitted by Sandra Aya Enimil.

Photo of protest march with sign reading "The Future is Still Female"

The scholarly communication ecosystem reflects in large part the prevailing modes of thought, knowledge creation, and knowledge sharing of the time. Building a scholarly communication project that is truly inclusive of existing voices, thoughts, and perspectives takes time, critical reflection, and iterative thinking. Building a feminist-centered framework for collaborative scholarly communication projects requires enacting an ethic of care to ensure that marginalized voices and perspectives are given the space they deserve and that invisible emotional labor is recognized and valued. This team of six women, who stand at the forefront of the scholarly communication work in their respective regions, institutions, and fields, comes together to explore what it means to build a truly inclusive, feminist-centered scholarly communication agenda, rooted in a foundation of equity.

Given the focus of our individual work and our collective proposal for this project, we are delighted by this year’s theme of “Equity in Scholarly Communications.” Each of us has experienced the inequities inherent in the scholarly communication landscape on a number of fronts. We know what it means to operate in a scholarly communication system rooted in inequity and oppression, and we are committed to bringing an intersectional—taking account of multiple levels of oppression (Kimberle Crenshaw, 1991)—feminist approach to bear in our work.

We recognize the need for a framework of practical tools to help fellow colleagues build scholarly communication projects, at all stages of the process that focus on true equity, inclusiveness, and shared value of labor. We seek to begin building an iterative, living, multi-lingual, crowd-sourced toolkit that focuses on best practices for the conceptualization, creation, and completion of inclusive scholarly communication projects. Whether the project involves interacting with marginalized communities to curate and manage collections of materials, developing decolonized and anti-oppressive descriptions and methods for discovery, or creating culturally sensitive publication and dissemination strategies for these materials and resulting research output, our goal is to begin the process of creating a living document that will address best practices for any of these scenarios across cultural and disciplinary contexts.

Our goal is to create and disseminate the first ever multilingual feminist centered living (read iterative living document) toolkit to address challenges and opportunities regarding Scholarly Communications that has practical use in local contexts

Challenges:

  • The Team will discuss, identify and frame the misconceptions of what feminism is and what feminisms exist around the world.
  • The Team will discuss and identify definitions of diversity and equity, that can be very different based on perspective, place, culture, politics, and context.
  • The Team will discuss definitions of global – attempting to make this an honest project and sitting with the reality that “global” often used as a term without meaning.
  • Importance of living document that solicits ongoing work from scholars in different areas and at different times.
  • Cómo construir algo global cuando hay diferencias locales → necesitamos una caja de herramientas que pueda ser transculturado, no sólo traducido.
  • The Feminist Toolkit is designed and intended to be transculturated and not just translated.
  • El objetivo es crear algo muy práctico.

Graphic of feminist toolkit

How we plan to share our work:

The members of the Team represent North, Central and Latin American and are eager to solicit contributions from other areas of the world that are not represented on our Team. Toolkit content will be open to be reused and remixed and customized for use in local contexts.

The Toolkit would utilize Open Source and ethical technologies, software, tools, and dissemination plan. In keeping with the requirement and spirit of structural and sustainable Openness, our Team’s deliverable of the Feminist Toolkit living document will be designed and built utilizing open
software such as etherpad. Following ethical educational technology practices: https://ethicaledtech.info/wiki/Meta:Welcome_to_Ethical_EdTech

We will:

  • Promote the Toolkit via social media, international conferences and other venues
  • Solicit and recruit additional contributions to the Toolkit from areas of the world that have not received the attention and that require languages beyond English
  • Present, draft and share the results of the Team’s research broadly
  • Continue monthly calls to discuss the project proposal and next steps

Project Member Bios:

Gimena del Rio Riande is an Associate Researcher at IIBICRIT-CONICET and Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is interested in building an Open Digital Humanities community in Argentina. During the last five years she created the first DH Lab in her country, HD CAICYT Lab, and she worked on the publishing of the first Spanish Digital Humanities OA journal, the Revista de Humanidades Digitales, the organization of the Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales, and the Argentinian OA Repository Project, Acta Académica. She also collaborates with many DH projects and consortia around the world (Force11, TEI, Pelagios Commons, DARIAH). Gimena brings her experience working with different academic communities (Anglophone, Spanish), where she has explored transculturation and decolonization approaches in the Humanities. She also brings her experience in OA policies and the DH and digital humanities scene in Latin America, this will help the team in expanding this framework to the Spanish-speaking community and to Global South perspectives.

Sandra Aya Enimil is the Copyright Services Librarian and Head of Copyright Services at The Ohio State University Libraries. At Ohio State, Sandra provides information and resources on using copyrighted materials and assists creators in protecting their own copyright. Sandra works with individuals and departments within the Libraries and across campus. She works closely with colleagues in various academic units, Legal Affairs, and the Libraries’ Special Collections and Digitization & Reformatting departments to name a few. She has also given numerous presentations on various aspects of copyright for faculty and staff at Ohio State and several other institutions. Sandra will contribute her knowledge and work regarding collections and the way libraries and archives interact with marginalized communities.

Sharon E. Farb is the Associate University Librarian for special collections and international collaborations and the chief policy strategist for the UCLA Library. She leads the units that enhance and unlock the Library’s rare and unique materials and guides the Library’s government relations and public policy efforts. Farb is a national leader on the role of the public research library in organizing and preserving knowledge and spearheaded the Library’s development of its Open Scholarship and Collections Policy and an active member of IFLA’s Copyright and Legal Matters Committee.

April Hathcock is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at New York University, a large research institution with a global footprint. Hathcock educates her campus community on issues relating to rights, access, and ownership of scholarly material across the research lifecycle. She spent her previous career as a practicing lawyer and interrogates her current work through the lens of legal infrastructure and how it relates to knowledge creation and sharing. Her scholarly research focuses on the feminist intersectionality, information justice, scholarly (neo)colonialism, and global inclusivity and representation. She is an active member of the Force11 Scholarly Commons Self-Critique Working Group and can bring her work on building a globally inclusive scholarly infrastructure to this Triangle SCI project.

Charlotte Roh is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit university with a social justice mission. She received her master’s in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign School of Information Sciences, and completed a scholarly communications residency with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her background is in academic publishing with companies such as Taylor & Francis and Oxford University Press, and she continues to edit freelance. Charlotte works at the intersection of scholarly communication and social justice, specifically in library publishing, open education resources, copyright and fair use, author rights, and institutional repositories. She has published on diversity and representation in scholarly publishing. Charlotte brings her experience in publishing and open access, as well as her critique of how the academic community (librarians, publishers, scholars, and activists) sometimes uses open access to replicate the existing colonial structures that disadvantage certain communities.

[ Photo by Miawicks9 from Pixabay. Image accessed July 25, 2019 and has been altered from the original. Used under Pixabay free license.]

[ Edited August 5 to remove one team member who is no longer able to attend. ]