[CODATA-international] Request for comment: A Grand-Challenges Based Research Agenda for Scholarly Communication and Information Science

Dr. Micah Altman escience at mit.edu
Fri Oct 12 09:11:49 EDT 2018

 Dear Colleagues,

Participants in the Mellon funded Grand Challenges Summit hosted at MIT in March 
of 2018 <https://libraries.mit.edu/news/libraries-grand/27223/> have 
written a DRAFT white paper identifying selected grand challenges related 
to information science and scholarly communication. During October 10-31 
all interested parties are encouraged to actively engage in this iterative 
research and writing process to generate a usable set of recommendations 
that reflects a broad perspective. Your participation, comments, and 
contributions are needed before a final version of the paper can be ready 
for dissemination later this year.

A global and multidisciplinary community of stakeholders came together in 
March 2018 to identify, scope, and prioritize a common vision for specific 
grand research challenges related to information science and scholarly 
communications. The participants were both traditional domain researchers 
and those who are aiming to democratize scholarship. An explicit aim of the 
summit was to identify research needs related to barriers in the 
development of scalable, interoperating, socially beneficial, and equitable 
systems for scholarly information; and to explore the development of 
non-market approaches to governing the scholarly ecosystem.

This DRAFT white paper reflects the outcomes of the March 2018 discussions 
and the paper will improve when a wider community actively contributes too. 
In order to embody the grand challenges themselves, and open the 
conversation to a wider range of perspectives, you and your community are 
encouraged to participate in this online writing process. The scholarly 
eco-system can be improved if communities work toward a set of common goals 
and your expertise, knowledge, and contributions, will make this a stronger 
set of recommendations.

To participate in the public comment period, please create a free account 
on PubPub <https://www.pubpub.org/>, an open publishing platform for 
publishing that will allow for a robust conversation directly on the DRAFT 
<https://grandchallenges.pubpub.org/pub/publicdraft> white paper < 
https://grandchallenges.pubpub.org/pub/publicdraft >.

Please help share this announcement about the October 10th to October 31st 
public comment period as widely as possible.  (For confidential comments, 
or to request to edit a section directly, please use 
gcs-comments at googlegroups.com ) All author contributions will be recognized 
in the final paper.


Micah Altman & Chris Bourg

On behalf of the program committee,
Micah Altman, Christine Borgman, Chris Bourg, Sayeed Choudhury, Charles 
Henry, Abby Smith Rumsey, Ethan Zuckerman
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