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The PressForward Initiative: Creating New Modes and New Platforms for Scholarship Beyond Traditional Forms

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The PressForward Initiative: Creating New Modes and New Platforms for Scholarship Beyond Traditional Forms

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The PressForward Initiative: Creating New Modes and New Platforms for Scholarship Beyond Traditional Forms

Description

Grant document proposes the PressForward Initiative (PFI) to explore the best means for aggregating, curating, and crediting scholarship that is currently decentralized across the web or does not fit into traditional genres such as the journal article or the monograph. PFI will pioneer new methods for capturing and highlighting a vast expanse of presently orphaned or underappreciated scholarship in ways that are useful to scholarly communities and which will, as a byproduct, promote open access by making web publications more valuable. Through a structured study of existing methods and a set of prototype, new-style, "now-journals," robust data will be collected that will provide the project, organizations, and funders knowledge about optimal open-web scholarly curation. At the end of the project, CHNM will release an open-source platform for scholarly communities and organizations to create their own trusted, high-value streams of relevant content. All data and code produced in this project will be freely available.

Start Date

06/01/2011

End Date

12/01/2014

Proposal Co-Authors

Tom Scheinfeldt
Dan Cohen

Director(s)

Joan Fragaszy
Sean Takats
Stephanie Westcott
Lisa Rhody

Staff Members

Lindsay Bestebreurtje
Sasha Boni
Amanda Morton
Jeri Wieringa
Ben Schneider

Content Experts

Adam Aston
Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Peter Jerram
Shana Kimball
David Kirsch
Alexis Madrigal
Steve Wheatley

Affiliates

Aram Zucker-Scharff
Boone B. Gorges

Deliverables

1. PFI will produce considerable research on effective methods for aggregation and curation of online scholarship, including 'gray literature' such as white papers and reports, self-published and institutionally hosted works, and social media such as blogs. This research will be published in two phases: the first an overall taxonomy of new publication types and the second a thorough analysis of strategies and effectiveness.
2. PFI will encourage the proliferation of open access scholarship by producing prototype outlets that aggregate attention and deal with the question of reputation.
3. PFI will produce a new platform that will make it simple for any organization or community of scholars to create these new-style 'journals,' producing variants of the prototypes planned herein, including export tools to port the best content at regular intervals (e.g, quarterly, yearly) into broadly publishable formats such as ePub.
4. PFI will provide guidance to institutions, scholarly societies, and academic publishers who are currently unable to experiment with as much latitude as necessary to find new models for the future.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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“The PressForward Initiative: Creating New Modes and New Platforms for Scholarship Beyond Traditional Forms,” RRCHNM20, accessed May 25, 2019, http://20.rrchnm.org/items/show/199.

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