2014-2015

Chrysalis: Opportunities for New Types of Research Alliances

Advocating for alliances between scholars, libraries, and scholarly presses to promote innovative digital research publication.

The Chrysalis project explored the design and implementation of vertically integrated research alliances (VIRAs) comprising scholars, libraries, and scholarly presses. VIRAs could constitute a chrysalis of sorts for innovative digital research publications. To better understand this model, Educopia Research and the University of North Texas investigated potential revenue streams and sustainability models, including possible redistribution of current university library investments in information resources and the creation of new sources of revenue generation to sustain research publishing. Using the Collective Impact approach, we also hosted and facilitated a meeting of scholarly communications thought leaders from MLA, Force11, PKP, CNI, and other groups. Educopia’s roles on this project included co-development of the Chrysalis model, co-production of two reports, and lead facilitation of the scholarly communications thought leader gathering in 2015.


Project Outputs:

  1. Vertically Integrated Research Alliances: A Chrysalis for Digital Research, published 09 January 2015
  2. Chrysalis: Moving Forward Collectively, published 09 January 2015

Advisory Board:

  • Dr. David Eltis
  • Dr. Allen Tullos
  • Dr. Andrew Torget
  • Dr. Idean Salehyan
  • Dr. Kent Calder
  • Dr. Ronald Chrisman

Project Partners:

  • University of North Texas