Greenhouse Studios’ research agenda, while realized through each project we create, is a deeper investigation into the collaborative, interdisciplinary work processes needed to transform scholarly communications for an age of proliferated modes of expression, dissemination, and reception.
Disrupting Print-centric workflows and work cultures
As the scholarly communications field pursues the opportunities presented by digital technology, its routine operations remain anchored in print-centric regimens. This is particularly true of long-form scholarship, where a deeply rooted “information chain” model of knowledge dissemination still prevails. Simply put, the chain of scholarship begins with a knowledge creator, passes through to a publisher and culminates with accessibility secured by libraries and use by readers. Communications between these actors occurs mainly, if not only, at the points of “handoff.” Greenhouse Studios / Scholarly Communications Design at UConn argues that there is compelling need to thoughtfully disrupt and reconfigure the workflows and work cultures inherited from the production of printed products.
Researching answers to complex, systemic issues
Over the next two years, we are a fielding a design-based, inquiry-driven, collaboration-first model of scholarly production. Each project functions as a test drive for this process model, allowing us to assess, revise, and assess again our vision of what scholarly communications in the digital age looks like in the doing and making—so that new forms of long-form and multimodal scholarship can more easily enter the ecosystem of peer-review and publication. The issues are complex, at every step, from labor hierarchies and ingrained habits to assessment, preservation, and access. So, as the saying goes, watch this space for updates as we share what each project reveals about the larger questions of forging new models of production.