Chrysalis: Opportunities for New Types of Research Alliances

January 2014 to December 2014
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The Educopia Institute and the University of North Texas Libraries have undertaken a one-year planning project (2014) to explore the design and implementation of vertically integrated research alliances (VIRAs) comprising scholars, libraries, and scholarly presses, and for improving the sustainability of digital scholarship productions. Such research alliances could constitute a chrysalis of sorts for innovative digital research publications that would otherwise be at risk. This study will consider potential revenue streams associated with these models, including possible redistribution of current university library investments in information resources and the creation of new sources of revenue generation to sustain research publishing. This project will reach out to a broad range of research stakeholders through a series of meetings and iterative discussions, including researchers, academic libraries, research presses, and scholarly societies. Using collective impact methodologies, it will seek measurable ways for each of these communities to work toward common goals.

Deliverables & Resources

All resources created during this project and related projects can be found on the Chrysalis page.


This project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the Mellon Foundation.