November 3, 2005
Director of Electronic Publishing Initiative (EPIC)
Managing Director, Digital Knowledge Ventures
In developing a partnership that involves the university press, the libraries, and the academic computing system, EPIC has tried to think creatively about how to maintain what is most valuable about what they do, while remaining open to the new realities in their environment. They have asked scholars, students, and librarians what they need, what they want, and what they will pay for, and have tried to use this information to rethink EPIC’s models and plans for building resources for scholarly research and education. The overall goal of this university-based center is to envision and then implement effective ways for acquiring, developing, and disseminating scholarly content in the digital environment. Over the last two years, however, as EPIC has pursued this mission, they have found that their role has grown, and that they have become part of a much larger shift in the role of the university in the area of scholarly communication. In this presentation Kate Wittenberg will describe some of these transformations and what they mean for the future.
Kate Wittenberg is director of the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia, which creates relationships among scholars, technologists, publishers, librarians, and national and international partners that move beyond the organizational and disciplinary categories within the traditional university infrastructure. She serves as project director for the electronic publications Columbia International Affairs Online, Online Columbia Earthscape, Earthscape Gutenberg-e, Digital Anthropology Resources in Teaching, and the National Science Digital Library. Her work focuses on the creation of sustainable cost-recovery business plans for digital scholarship and education, digital rights management, collaborative organizational models, and the evaluation of use and costs of scholarly and educational digital resources.