Transforming Scholarly Communication


The Transforming Scholarly Communication workshop was largely the brainchild of Lee Dirks, of the Microsoft Research "Connections" group. Lee passed away in August 2012, and we hope that all of the good outcomes of this workshop serve forever as a tribute to Lee.


Funds from Sloan Foundation grant B2011-35 were employed, in concert with additional support from the Moore Foundation and Microsoft Research, to organize and host an invitation-only workshop on the future of scholarly communication entitled Transforming Scholarly Communication. Hosted by Microsoft Research and Harvard University's [Seamless Astronomy Group] (, the workshop took place on October 23rd-25th, 2011 at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center in Cambridge, MA. The workshop hosted 75 experts in scholarly communication from across the academy, the publishing industry, scholarly and learned societies, as well as funding agencies worldwide. Rather than focusing on policy, the workshop focused on practice: existing and newly developed technologies designed to enhance scholarship and scholarly communication we discussed in order to determine factors for their success and their potential. The workshop was organized into six thematic themes: #resources #review #literature #media #recognition #platforms. Participants were assigned to one of these themes based on their expertise. Each group prepared a final report which summarized: a) most important changes that need to occur in the research ecosystem, specifically in the context of the group theme, and b) what projects, tools or programs of research can be adopted to ensure they are enacted. The full official reports from the workshop can be found at the website: