Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Collaborators in Communication: Publishers, Scholars, and Information Technologists

EDUCAUSE REVIEW | November/December 2004, Volume 39, Number 6

"So what, then, are the characteristics of the scholars, IT professionals, and publishers who will be the leaders in scholarly publishing, and where will these people come from? These leaders will have to spend time learning as much as possible about the community of users—how scholars and students do their research, find and read content, and use archives, images, and data. Although technology is a critically important tool, it is not the only thing that leads the way in developments in this field. Rather, what is defining the future leaders in scholarly publishing is a creative and well-informed understanding of the scholarly process, an openness to new forms of narrative, design, dissemination, and archiving, and a primary interest in readers and their ways of using scholarly resources. As scholars begin to envision the possibilities presented by a digital publishing environment, their colleagues in scholarly publishing and IT must develop an equally creative vision of their roles in this process of innovation. The traditional strengths of scholars, IT professionals, and publishers must be combined with creative but disciplined experimentation to develop sustainable and valuable scholarly resources in the digital world." p76

by Kate Wittenberg
Wittenberg suggests that conversations about scholarly publishing in a digital environment need to shift from focusing exclusively on the technical side to include a focus on the new roles emerging for all of the stakeholders in scholarly publishing. New collaborative models for creation of content are made possible through technological innovation. The changes resulting from the adoption of these models are of equal significance to the future of scholarly publishing as the technological issues.