Collaboration-First: New Pathways for Scholarly Production

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

117 UCC, International Program's Commons

All are welcome—no registration required

“Collaboration” has been a byword of digital scholarship very nearly since its inception. The complexity of producing digital works requires scholars to work closely with designers, developers, digital librarians, and editors. Often, however, collaboration happens fairly late in the research and publication process, well after the scholar’s initial idea for the project, usually after she has completed the bulk of her research, and sometimes even after she has decided on the final format for the research, whether that’s a book, an article, an Omeka instance, or a Scalar interactive. All too often, collaborators are brought on board merely to implement scholarly projects, not imagine them. Greenhouse Studios: Scholarly Communication Design at the University of Connecticut aims to change this status-quo. A transdisciplinary collective, Greenhouse Studios reframes the practices, pathways and products of scholarly communications through inquiry-driven, “collaboration-first” approaches to the creation and expression of knowledge. With start-up funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Greenhouse Studios draws on art and design processes and the speaker’s prior experiments in radical collaboration to solve the problems and explore the opportunities of scholarship in the “digital age.” This talk will present the history and meanings behind this rethinking of scholarly communications and explore some directions for future research.