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All Together Now: Collaboration and Coordination in Canada's Digital Scholarship Ecosystem

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All Together Now:
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All Together Now: Collaboration and Coordination in Canada's Digital Scholarship Ecosystem

  1. 1. 1 All Together Now: Collaboration and Coordination in Canada’s Digital Scholarship Ecosystem Kimberly Silk, Special Projects Officer Canadian Research Knowledge Network
  2. 2. About CRKN The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is a partnership of universities dedicated to expanding digital content for the university research enterprise in Canada. In operation since 2000, CRKN represents 75 university members who benefit from an equitable, national approach to content license negotiation and financial management. 2
  3. 3. Digital Scholarship as an Ecosystem People & Groups Content, Tools, Services 3
  4. 4. 4 OA eBooks & eJournals Canadian Documentary Heritage Research Data Management Commercial eBooks & eJournals Spatial & Numeric Data Digital Preservation Tools & Services Research & Development
  5. 5. 5 Collaborating on Key Issues: Institutional Mobilization Task Force Issue: Access to scholarly research is key to Canada’s success in the global information economy; the current commercial publishing model is placing that access at risk. Action: Establish a task force of librarians, faculty and VPs of Research to develop tactics. Collaborative Result: The IM Toolkit •Set of open infographics describing the issue, designed to inform a wider audience •Letter to University Presidents containing a call to action to generate conversation & debate http://crkn.ca/imtg
  6. 6. 6 Collaborating on Key Issues: Journal Usage Project Intent: To examine the impact on libraries of the consolidation of journal publishing and the development of what is known in the industry as the “big deal”. Action: Collaborate with Dr. Vincent Larivière of l’Université de Montréal, who conducted similar research with 4 universities in Quebec. Collaborative Result: National Journal Usage Measurement •Institutions gain insight into usage and citations of their own institutions as compared with their faculty perceptions of journal value •CRKN learns about differences in usage patterns nationally (geography, language, size)
  7. 7. Thank you for listening. Kimberly Silk IDSE Special Projects Officer Canadian Research Knowledge Network ksilk@crkn.ca

Editor's Notes

  • Research activities in Canada can be imagined as an ecosystem, where there are many roles, including faculty, librarians, students and senior administrators, playing a part.
    To understand this ecosystem, and to highlight the role of libraries and librarians, CRKN has mapped these activities.
    Simply put, IDSE is a project designed to identify initiatives in digital scholarship in Canada, and to facilitate collaboration around these initiatives among universities in Canada.
  • The ecosystem has six components that we use to categorize different kinds of projects:
    Commercial e-books and e-journals
    Spatial & Numeric Data
    Digital Preservation
    Research Data
    Canadian Documentary Heritage
    Open Access e-books and articles
    These projects are achieved through a variety of efforts, including:
    Scholarly productions
    Creation, Dissemination, Access and Discovery
    Research & Development
    Policies & Frameworks
    Tools & Services
    Joint Ventures
    Through IDSE, CRKN facilitates Collaboration and Coordination to support a Canadian Digital Scholarship Ecosystem that promotes:
    Seamless Access
    Leadership, Expertise and Technology
    Perpetual Access
    Robust and Sustainable
  • The project aims to extend the research initially conducted with four universities in Quebec that examined the impact on libraries of the consolidation of journal publishing and the development of what is known in the industry as the “big deal”.
    The extension of the research on a national scale will offer individual institutions an insight into usage and citations of their own institutions as compared with their faculty perceptions of journal value, and it affords the opportunity for some analysis of the data across the membership. Also, on a national scale, this research will explore whether there are similarities, differences, or trends in usage, citation, faculty perceptions, or other factors among various types of institutions in Canada (for example, teaching vs. research institutions, French vs. English institutions, regional differences, etc.)

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