New Report From Ithaka S+R: “The Second Digital Transformation of Scholarly Publishing: Strategic Context and Shared Infrastructure”
The Second Digital Transformation of Scholarly Publishing: Strategic Context and Shared Infrastructure was published today (Jan. 29. 2024) by Ithaka S+R.
The report was written by:
From an Introductory Blog Post:
In a report published today, with funding from STM Solutions and five STM members, we argue that a robust, nimble, and shared infrastructure is imperative to support the vital work of scholarly communication and effectively and efficiently meet the emerging service needs of different stakeholders. In the report, we review several key categories of existing infrastructure, such as identifiers and enterprise publishing systems, and offer recommendations about how they can be improved to address key needs. In addition, we identify several categories where new forms of shared infrastructure should be developed, offering specific recommendations for each, including
- to address the growing atomization of the scholarly article,
- to ensure the trustworthiness of the scholarly record,
- to enable deeper meaning to be drawn from research outputs,
- to address new business models, and
- to provide an alternative system for scholarly communication.
Looking across the gaps that exist today, we observe most are the result of strategic, governance, and business model impediments. In some categories, for example, one group of publishing organizations sees the imperative for shared infrastructure where another group sees the opportunity for competitive differentiation. And there is the ever-present issue of the business model and investment case—who pays, who will pay, and for what—which in turn provides incentives for innovation or inaction. Ultimately, the gaps—and the challenges that cause or exacerbate them—are also opportunities for those prepared to invest in the future of infrastructure to support scholarly communication.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) 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.