May 17, 2022
How well do your policies and practices align with your values? And how well do your vendors’ and partners’ policies and practices align with your values?
Do you know? Would it change your investment choices if you did?
We believe that if there were clearer ways to evidence and assess actions against values, it could.
The Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) team is excited to announce the release of the FOREST Framework for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication. This framework has been created to help scholarly communication organizations and communities to demonstrate, evaluate, and improve their alignment over time with six key values:
Financial and Organizational Sustainability
Equity, Accessibility, and Anti-Oppression
Sharing of Knowledge
These six core values have appeared in dozens of manifestos, open letters, and other statements issued by a broad range of academic stakeholders, including faculty, students, publishers, librarians, and open source tool developers. They are representative, if not emblematic, of the open scholarship movement and of academic intentions in much of the world. These values were selected, defined, and vetted publicly by the Next Generation Library Publishing team between 2019-2022 (see “Living Our Values and Principles: Exploring Assessment Strategies for the Scholarly Communication Field”). The FOREST framework is not designed to compete with, but rather to support, existing values statements and approaches.
The FOREST Framework offers concrete mechanisms that communities can use to assess how their policies and practices align with these values and their associated principles. Rather than taking a “scorecard” approach that assumes there is a moment when a value has been fully realized, the framework focuses on a “spectrum” approach that recognizes incremental improvements in alignment and draws attention to growth and progress over time. It invites reflection on ways to manifest and live the values we espouse, making room for organizations and communities of different sizes, maturity, and mission to demonstrate their intent to practice in ethical and sustainable ways.
We hope the FOREST Framework will be useful to a wide variety of stakeholders in the scholarly communication arena–from publishers who are deciding what tools and platforms they should invest in, to editors who are advocating for their publishers to better align with academic values, and from service providers who use this to self-assess and improve adherence over time, to procurement offices that are making decisions about what vendors to choose.
We also hope these stakeholders will help to evaluate and improve the FOREST Framework as a living document that should remain responsive to the communities it serves.
About the Project
The Next Generation Library Publishing project (led by Educopia Institute, California Digital Library, and Stratos, in close collaboration with COAR, Janeway, and Longleaf Services, and generously funded by Arcadia), seeks to improve the publishing pathways and choices available to authors, editors, and readers through strengthening, integrating, and scaling up scholarly publishing infrastructure to support library publishers. In addition to developing interoperable publishing tools and workflows, our team is exploring how to create community hosting models that align explicitly and demonstratively with academic values.
The FOREST framework is an essential component of our work to transform the academic publishing sector. We are planting seeds of change in three interconnected areas that we believe hold great potential to transform scholarly publishing: alignment with academic values and principles, technical interoperability, and collaborative business networks.
May 17, 2022
How well do your policies and practices align with your values? And how well do your vendors’ and partners’ policies and practices align with your values? Do you know? Would it change your investment choices if you did? We believe that if there were clearer ways to evidence and assess actions against values, it could. … Continue reading Seeding a Community of FORESTers
May 16, 2022
In scholarly communications, when we talk about “vendor lock-in”, what we actually mean is the difficulty (or seeming impossibility) of moving from one platform to another: “migrations.” This can be technical. Platforms may not provide data export in a standardized format or there may be no tooling to complete the migration automatically. Lock-in can also … Continue reading Migration is the Hard Part
May 10, 2022
We’re delighted to announce the publication of the newest Educopia Newsletter, a quarterly publication that features events, resources, updates, and announcements from our diverse portfolio of research, consulting, and community cultivation work. In this issue, you’ll find: New publications from Cita Press, the Next Generation Library Publishing project, and the Library Publishing Workflows project Educopia’s … Continue reading Educopia Newsletter Now Available
May 9, 2022
Many community initiatives we work with at Educopia are initially funded and administered as university-hosted, grant-funded efforts, i.e. “sponsored” projects. Early in such projects, when scholars and university staff are testing new ideas and approaches using external funding sources, university hosting and “sponsorship” provides efficient and effective administrative management and support. But as a collaborative … Continue reading Homeward Bound
April 26, 2022
Longleaf Services: Building Consortial Journal Publishing Models that Empower Libraries as an NGLP Pilot Partner
Established in 2006 as a division of The University of North Carolina Press, Longleaf Services has built a strong reputation as a mission-aligned collaborator for the university press community, offering a suite of services for small publishers that take advantage of the Press’ expertise and economies of scale. As an NGLP pilot partner, Longleaf Services … Continue reading Longleaf Services: Building Consortial Journal Publishing Models that Empower Libraries as an NGLP Pilot Partner
April 6, 2022
Library-based publishers at the Claremont Colleges, Clemson University, the University of Arizona, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will test the Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) project’s open source infrastructure as part of a pilot launching this month. The pilot, led by Janeway Systems, will provide a turnkey solution that … Continue reading Next Generation Library Publishing and Janeway Systems Launch Pilot with Five Library Publishers
March 17, 2022
NGLP Releases “Growing a FOREST, Values-Aligned Approaches to Transformative Scholarly Communication”
Our newest publication, Growing a Forest: Values-Aligned Approaches to Transformative Scholarly Communication, provides a detailed account of NGLP’s second-year accomplishments, outputs, and increasing impact and describes in depth the values-based framework through which we approach our work.
March 16, 2022
On Thursday, March 10th, the Next Generation Library Publishing project hosted its second Community Forum, presented by principal investigators Katherine Skinner (Educopia), Kristen Ratan (Stratos), Catherine Mitchell (CDL), and NGLP product owner and co-author of the FOREST Framework for for Values-Driven Scholarly Communication, Sarah Lippincott.
March 16, 2022
What is the Role of Collaborative Networks in Supporting Digital Scholarship? Scholarship increasingly relies on “research data,” a catch-all term applied to the digital objects and collections that are now crucial foundation blocks for research across disciplines and fields. This content is notoriously ubiquitous and decentralized, and today’s research institutions regularly struggle to provide ways … Continue reading Building Data Resilience Through Collaborative Networks
March 8, 2022
This year marks the 20th anniversary for eScholarship as a library publisher; the program is run by the California Digital Library, in collaboration with University of California campus library staff, and provides open access publishing services for the 10 UC campuses, the Lawrence Berkeley Lab; UC Agriculture and Natural Resources; and the UC Office of … Continue reading California Digital Library: Prioritizing Community and Sustainability as an NGLP Pilot Partner
February 9, 2022
We’re delighted to announce the publication of the newest Educopia Newsletter, a quarterly publication that features events, resources, updates, and announcements from our diverse portfolio of research, consulting, and community cultivation work. In this issue, you’ll find: Educopia’s consulting services MetaArchive’s new research and development project with Keeper Technology New digital curation events for students … Continue reading Educopia Newsletter Now Available
February 9, 2022
Please join the Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) project for our second community forum on Thursday, March 10th (9 AM PT/noon ET). This is a free event, but registration is required. The Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) project is developing library publishing resources that combine community-led, open source software with the convenience of turnkey publishing … Continue reading NGLP Community Forum: Bringing our Work to Life