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The monograph is dead! Long live the monograph!

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A presentation by Donald Waters, senior program officer - scholarly communications, Mellon Foundation.

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The monograph is dead! Long live the monograph!

  1. 1. THE MONOGRAPH IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE MONOGRAPH! Donald J. Waters Jisc-CNI Leadership Conference July 2, 2018
  2. 2. SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS WORKFLOW Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Discovery and Access Use in research and teaching New insights, new data Preservation Scholarly Publishing
  3. 3. RESEARCH Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Discovery and Access Use in research and teaching New insights, new data Preservation Scholarly Publishing
  4. 4. PUBLISHING Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Discovery and Access Use in research and teaching New insights, new data Preservation Scholarly Publishing
  5. 5. PRESERVATION Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Discovery and Access Use in research and teaching New insights, new data Preservation Scholarly Publishing
  6. 6. SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS WORKFLOW PRE-1990S Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Discovery and Access Use in research and teaching New insights, new data Preservation Scholarly Publishing
  7. 7. SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS WORKFLOW 1990S Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Discovery and Access Use in research and teaching New insights, new data Preservation Scholarly Publishing
  8. 8. SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS WORKFLOW EARLY 2000S Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Discovery and Access Use in research and teaching New insights, new data Preservation Scholarly Publishing
  9. 9. RESEARCH Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Discovery and Access Use in research and teaching
  10. 10. PUBLISHING Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Use in research and teaching New insights, new data Scholarly Publishing
  11. 11. PRESERVATION Stuff (the scholarly and cultural record) Description Organization Curation Preservation
  12. 12. HUMANITIES RESEARCH WORKFLOW Gather sources Catalog Annotate and interpret Identify people, etc. Transcribe / Translate
  13. 13. HUMANITIES RESEARCH WORKFLOW Gather sources Catalog Annotate and interpret Identify people, etc. Transcribe / Translate Digitization Encoded Archival Description TEI / Optical Character Recognition W3C Web Annotation Model LOD / Encoded Archival Context
  14. 14. HUMANITIES RESEARCH WORKFLOW Gather sources Catalog Annotate and interpret Identify people, etc. Transcribe / Translate Digitization Encoded Archival Description TEI / Optical Character Recognition W3C Web Annotation Model LOD / Encoded Archival Context Hidden Collections / Tropy Archivist’s Toolkit eMOP: Early Modern OCR Project Hypothes.is Mirador Scalar SNAC Cultures of Knowledge
  15. 15. SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Gather sources Catalog Annotate and interpret Identify people, etc. Transcribe / Translate Digitization Encoded Archival Description TEI / Optical Character Recognition W3C Web Annotation Model LOD / Encoded Archival Context Hidden Collections / Tropy Archivist’s Toolkit eMOP: Early Modern OCR Project Hypothes.is Mirador Scalar SNAC Cultures of Knowledge Publish ? ?
  16. 16. ANSWERING THE PUBLISHING QUESTION Editorial Collaborations Monograph Initiative
  17. 17. EDITORIAL COLLABORATIONS Scholarly editions
  18. 18. Records of Early English Drama Bucknell African American Freedom Struggle Stanford Scholarship in 3D UC Santa Cruz American History University of Virginia ARCScholar Texas A&M 19th Century American Culture Massachusetts Historical Society Civil War Papers Kentucky Historical Society DIGITAL EDITION PUBLISHING COOPERATIVES (WITH THE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECORDS COMMISSION) Historical Business Accounts Wheaton College
  19. 19. THE BOOK PUBLISHING SYSTEM Author Publisher Reader submits work edits markets sales / uses
  20. 20. Author THE SCHOLARLY BOOK PUBLISHING SYSTEM submits work Academic Library edits University / College University Press Reader markets sales / uses
  21. 21. DIGITAL MONOGRAPH INITIATIVE 48 months 52 grants $19.6 million
  22. 22. AREAS OF FOCUS Amount and cost Business models Intellectual property Promotion and tenure Infrastructure Community
  23. 23. NEW DIGITAL PUBLISHING INFRASTRUCTURE Art & Architecture Yale Editoria UC Press / Coko Scalar USC Fulcrum Michigan Manifold Minnesota Primary Sources UBC / UW Presses Interactive Scholarly Works Stanford Readium with Hypothes.is NYU Longleaf UNC Press Epub Rebus Muse Open JHU Press Digits CMU
  24. 24. NEW DIGITAL PUBLISHING INFRASTRUCTURE Distribution Muse Open JHU Press Readium with Hypothes.is NYU Digits CMU Service Longleaf UNC Press Epub Rebus Content multimedia access Michigan works in progress Minnesota primary sources UBC / UW Presses interactive scholarly works Stanford art & architecture Yale Production Editoria UC Press / Coko Scalar USC
  25. 25. UNC LONGLEAF SERVICE EXPERIMENT Type X Type Y Two Types of Monograph
  26. 26. TRADITIONAL “PRINT FIRST” PUBLISHING Type X Step 1 Acquire & Edit Step 2 Publish Print Edition Step 3 Revenue? Cross Subsidy? Type Y Step 1 Acquire & Edit Step 2 Publish Print Edition Step 3 Revenue?
  27. 27. NEW “DIGITAL FIRST” PUBLISHING Step 1 Acquire & Edit Step 1 Acquire & Edit Step 2 Distribute to Open Access Platforms & Evaluate Marketability *Step 4* Print Edition Depends on Usage Step 2 Distribute to Open Access Platforms & Evaluate Marketability Step 3 Usage? Step 3 Usage? Type X Type Y
  28. 28. NEW REQUIREMENT Collect and aggregate usage data in standard forms
  29. 29. SUPPORT A COMMUNITY OF AUTHORS Author University / College University Press submits work edits
  30. 30. Argument GMU Author Resources Brown Ecosystem UIUC Standards and Practices Emory Library Consultation Duke Digital Scholarship Cincinnati Design-Thinking UCONN SUPPORT A COMMUNITY OF AUTHORS
  31. 31. WHAT ABOUT THE READER? In the emerging system of digital publication, there is little understanding of the reader. Sufficient for readers to find and use digital academic works? ? ? ? The digital supply chain is underdeveloped. Skills in making markets for digital scholarship must grow. + marketing skills

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