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An Interesting Institute on Scholarly Communications

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By Barbara Gastel | Sept. 2, 2017  |

Greetings again. I hope you’ve had a good month.

Last month I attended the first FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI). FSCI is a 5-day educational program. It is organized by FORCE11, which describes itself as “a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders” interested in facilitating “the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing”.

This institute took place at the University of California, San Diego. It was a good chance to learn more about trends, issues, and initiatives in scholarly publishing and related realms.

Participants attended plenary sessions plus three short courses of their choice. Because of my international interests, I attended the short course “When 'Global' is Local: Scholarly Communications in the Global South”. The course included chances for participants to describe initatives; I described AuthorAID. Fellow participants seemed very interested, and at least one has now volunteered to be an AuthorAID mentor.

I also attended two short courses on metrics for assessing research impact. These courses can help in my university work. In fact, my university library sent me to FSCI because it has appointed me a “scholarly communications faculty advocate”. In this role, I’ll spend part of my faculty time helping others regarding their online scholarly identities, promoting open access, and otherwise working to enhance scholarly communications at my university.  

FSCI also was a chance to meet many librarians, scholars, publishers, and others interested in scholarly communications. And because I was staying in a dormitory and attending class all day, the experience reminded me of what being a student is like. Good preparation for the school year now beginning here!

Until next month—


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