Educopia’s Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) Project Releases “FOREST Framework for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication”
The Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) team is excited to announce the release of the FOREST Framework for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication. This framework has been created to help scholarly communication organizations and communities to demonstrate, evaluate, and improve their alignment over time with six key values:
Financial and Organizational Sustainability
Equity, Accessibility, and Anti-Oppression
Sharing of Knowledge
These six core values have appeared in dozens of manifestos, open letters, and other statements issued by a broad range of academic stakeholders, including faculty, students, publishers, librarians, and open source tool developers. They are representative, if not emblematic, of the open scholarship movement and of academic intentions in much of the world. These values were selected, defined, and vetted publicly by the Next Generation Library Publishing team between 2019-2022 (see “Living Our Values and Principles: Exploring Assessment Strategies for the Scholarly Communication Field”). The FOREST framework is not designed to compete with, but rather to support, existing values statements and approaches.
The FOREST Framework offers concrete mechanisms that communities can use to assess how their policies and practices align with these values and their associated principles. Rather than taking a “scorecard” approach that assumes there is a moment when a value has been fully realized, the framework focuses on a “spectrum” approach that recognizes incremental improvements in alignment and draws attention to growth and progress over time. It invites reflection on ways to manifest and live the values we espouse, making room for organizations and communities of different sizes, maturity, and mission to demonstrate their intent to practice in ethical and sustainable ways.
Direct to Complete Launch Announcement
Direct to FOREST Framework for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication Document
46 pages; PDF.
Direct to FOREST Framework for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication Website
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.