About the workshop

Microsoft Research and Harvard University are hosting an invitation-only workshop on the future of scholarly communication on October 23rd-25th, 2011 at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, MA. The official workshop website can be found here.

Co-sponsored with the Moore Foundation and the Sloan Foundation, this event is entitled Transforming Scholarly Communication – a Microsoft Research eScience Workshop and will convene experts in scholarly communication from across the academy, the publishing industry, scholarly and learned societies, as well as funding agencies worldwide. There have been many meetings about what the future world of scholarship should be, given the opportunities created by online technologies. This workshop strives to be different in one important way—rather than focusing on utopian visions for their own sake, we will focus on the existing and newly developed technologies designed to enhance scholarship and scholarly communication in order to determine factors for their success and their potential.

The goal of this workshop is to identify the 2-3 most important changes that need to occur in the research ecosystem, and to determine follow-up projects or programs of research to ensure they are enacted. In other words, the workshop aims to catalyze specific changes to make the transition effective and sustainable.

This workshop will be a working workshop. This webpage is intended to be a collaborative “working” document in which the proceedings of the workshop will be assembled. We expect everyone to actively participate before, during, and after the event.

Organizing committee:

  • Alyssa Goodman, Professor of Astronomy & Research Associate, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics /Harvard University (link)
  • Alberto Pepe, Postdoc Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics / Harvard University (link)
  • Mary Lee Kennedy, Senior Associate Provost – Harvard Library, Harvard University (link)
  • Malgorzata (Gosia) Stergios, Knowledge and Information Programs Strategist – Harvard University (link)
  • Lee Dirks, Director—Microsoft Research Connections (link)
  • Alex Wade, Director – Scholarly Communication / Microsoft Research (link)
  •  Joshua M. Greenberg, Director – Digital Information Technology and the Dissemination of Knowledge Program / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (link)
  • Chris Mentzel, Program Officer / Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation (link)

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