The Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI) is now welcoming proposals from teams wishing to participate in the 2019 SCI taking place from October 13 through 17, 2019, in Chapel Hill, NC.

The Institute is part retreat, part seminar, and part unconference. Based on a theme that changes every year, participants set their own agenda and define their own deliverables; the Institute supplies the environment and a network of peers to help stimulate and develop creative thinking aimed at promoting positive change in research methods, publishing, digital humanities, digital archives, and other topics related to transformations in scholarly communication. Each year, about 5 teams with 4 to 6 participants each are invited to attend based on successful responses to a request for proposals, and the Institute covers all of their expenses to attend a 4-day program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ideally, teams are comprised of people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact and who wish to use this as an opportunity to launch new collaborations and projects. Teams whose participants represent a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, professions, and a broad diversity of perspectives are especially encouraged to apply.

This year’s theme is Equity in Scholarly Communications, described in part on the SCI 2019 theme page in this way:

Discussions around scholarly communications, at this Institute and elsewhere in North America and Europe, tend not to account for the wide range of factors that influence whether and how different communities create and access scholarship: not all stakeholders are from well-resourced institutions or nations; not all of us speak, write, read, search, and think in the same language; not all of us enjoy robust support for scholarship, or reliable access to the Internet, or modern research tools, or easy access to libraries, or means of keeping in touch with colleagues and abreast with global developments in our disciplines. Too many platforms, standards, systems, publications, projects, and discussions move forward with only some of us in view.

For the 2019 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute we invite proposals from teams that aim to build a more inclusive and equitable global network of scholarship. SCI is an opportunity to spend a few days with a diverse set of people to investigate challenges, develop plans, test processes, come to agreements, and launch initiatives. SCI is an ideal place to bring together perspectives and expertise that may not normally intersect, and to build understandings and new models based on them. We encourage pragmatic, proactive optimism, and hope participants will use SCI as a platform to nurture positive change.

We especially encourage teams with participants from the “global south”, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, independent scholars, and other institutions and backgrounds whose needs and perspectives are too often overlooked in discussions about scholarly communications and the infrastructures and processes that support it.

Project proposals are due April 24, 2019. You can read more about SCI 2019 at the following links:

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