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Scholarly Communication and Management Program

The Scholarly Communication and Management Program (SCAMP) is a campuswide program that facilitates collaboration and a community dialogue on a wide range of scholarly communication issues that impact teaching and research (the changing nature of scholarship in a digital environment; economics of scholarly publishing; preservation of digital assets; intellectual property rights, etc.). SCAMP sponsors programs, forums, and initiatives that reflect the varying needs of our diverse academic community and serves as a clearinghouse for appropriate information and resources.

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UCI Libraries is providing leadership by offering a forum and facilitating campus discussions on these evolving issues. Through collaboration and a community dialogue, we can explore these issues, raise awareness, develop local solutions, and potentially influence the course of scholarly communication on campus.

UCI Libraries' Response and Role

The UCI Libraries serves as a major national knowledge center, and is recognized as an essential information resource and clearinghouse for the UCI campus. The Libraries can play a key role in assisting the UCI academic community to address many of the scholarly communication issues that we face. And it participates in several national nonprofit organizations that promote innovations in scholarly communication: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Consortium (SPARC), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and National Initiative for Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH), and the National Institutes of Health, which in April 2008 issued new mandates for all funded research.

SCAMP: Scholarly Communication and Management Program

Some of the specific activities that the UCI Scholarly Communication Program will sponsor, promote, and explore are:

  • Forums and programs about broad-based initiatives, such as the Open Archives Initiative.
  • Issues of concern to the entire academic community, such as preservation and access to electronic educational records.
  • Informal meetings among UCI faculty who serve as editorial board members or faculty who are developing new forms of scholarship.
  • UCI Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund
  • Data Management Policy @ UCI
  • UCI initiatives to build an institutional repository of scholarly work in electronic formats and selectively digitize and preserve UCI administrative records of permanent historical significance. 
    • Launches UC Irvine Libraries Digital Scholarship Service to help UC Irvine faculty and research staff publish, share and preserve the digital products of their research.  As the processes and products of research increasingly take digital forms, this service seeks to place research findings or data in accessible, secure, sustainable environments so they may be easily shared over time.  UC Irvine Librarians will assist the UCI community in finding the most appropriate access and storage platforms to preserve their research and disseminate their materials broadly.  The service may help some researchers fulfill agency or grant requirements to post their research findings or data publicly.  The service may also support researchers who wish to preserve and provide access to unique digital materials with research value.  The ultimate goal of this service is to support the digital life cycle of UCI's scholarly resources, from creation through their delivery, management and long-term preservation.
    • As part of this service, the Libraries has developed UCIspace@theLibraries, an open access service for the UCI community to publish, manage, and preserve diverse kinds of research output.  Currently, it contains the Richard Rorty born digital manuscripts. Richard Rorty (1931-2007) was a pragmatist philosopher, critical theorist, and public intellectual who is commonly described as one of the most important thinkers of his era. He donated his papers to the UCI Libraries in 2006. The papers (in their physical form) are available in Special Collections and Archives' reading room, but we are using UCIspace @ the Libraries to preserve and provide access to over 1,000 files retrieved from Rorty's 3.5" floppy disks. Other projects for UCIspace @ the Libraries are in progress, and we plan to build the collections in the future by partnering with faculty to publish their research materials.

UC-based priorities are articulated on the Scholarly Communications at the University of California website.
The University of California has actively engaged in the discourse about Scholarly Communication and its collective work is captured by the summary of issues described by University of California, Office of Scholarly Communication. As members of the University of California, you are encouraged to follow these trends, and take appropriate action on the issues that affect you as a scholar, researcher, and student.