Participants in the 2015 Scholarly Communication Institute gathered at the Center for an evening reception and short program on Tuesday, October 13. There they were joined by Fellows, local scholars and librarians, and others interested in enhancing digital access to scholarship in the humanities.
Center director Robert Newman delivered opening remarks on the importance of openness and innovation in humanities research. Don Waters, senior program officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, delivered an address that highlighted the need for diverse models for assessment, access, and preservation of digital scholarship. He commended the Scholarly Communication Institute, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation, for contributing importantly not just to the academic community but to the public as well.
The Scholarly Communication Institute convenes annually in the Triangle, bringing together groups of scholars, information scientists, librarians, publishers, technologists, and others from both inside and outside academia (for instance, journalists, industry, nonprofit organizations, museums, independent researchers) to articulate and begin to address needs and opportunities in the domain of scholarly communications. A shared interest in promoting advanced research in the humanities makes the Center a perfect place for a gathering of SCI participants and supporters.