The Educopia Institute serves and advances the well-being of libraries, information/research centers, and their parent institutions by fostering the advancement of shared information systems and infrastructures. Educopia acts as a catalyst to assist and advise libraries and other closely affiliated cultural memory institutions in the creation of new digital means of preserving and providing access to scholarly communication and the cultural record in socially responsible ways.
In furtherance of these aims, Educopia specializes in the following:
- Providing organizational support for collaborative and cooperative programs in educational institutions, including libraries and museums.
- Advising Services to conduct research and share results through consulting activities for libraries and other cultural memory organizations; producing publications; and hosting symposia, seminar, and workshop activities.
- Coordinating library services to catalyze cross-institutional projects with academic and cultural institutions, applying for grants on their behalf, and administering such grants when awarded.
The strength of the Institute’s approach comes precisely from its decentralized goal of fostering the creation of successful cyberinfrastructure elements in the cultural memory community, rather than through a process of accumulating assets of its own. This approach builds knowledge and resources in the extended community of beneficiaries whom the Institute assists.