Author Archives: Ben Showers

Monographs and Shared Storage

You wait for ages and then, suddenly, monographs are everywhere! In the past week there’s been: Publication of the National Monograph Strategy Roadmap (obviously!); An interesting article by Ellen Collins about researcher views on the monograph following an OAPEN monographs survey, and finally; A post by Melissa Terras on the Guardian HE blog, arguing that if you … Read more

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Planning the National Monograph Strategy Report

To what extent does the physical environment in which we undertake a task (hold a meeting, run a workshop, write a paper), affect the outcome of that activity? Does working in a small room, with glass walls – that you can write on – make for a better planning workshop?! I ask these questions as … Read more

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8 Ideas for a National Approach to Monographs

The project recently had its third, and final (for this stage at least), workshop. The focus of this workshop was to begin building on the ideas that have been sketched and developed so far for a shared, national approach to scholarly monographs. I recently wrote about the refinement of the ideas that emerged from our … Read more

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Crunching Solutions!

The NMS project team recently got together to ‘crunch’ some of the outputs from our recent workshop exploring solutions. We got together to plan the next workshop where we want to build on the outputs of the last two workshops, developing the outline solutions further, and making sure we answer the problem statements that emerged from out first workshop. The … Read more

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What if…? Sketching Solutions for the Challenge of the Monograph

If September was a month for contemplating, and getting under the skin of problems, then October was a month for reveling in the possibility of solutions: Of ideas. The second NMS workshop focused on beginning to sketch out potential solutions to some of the problem statements that had been developed and refined in the September workshop. … Read more

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Refining the Monograph Problems

The NMS team recently met to begin trying to refine and rationalise the problem statements that came out of our September experts workshop. We posted all the problem statements in a recent post and also added them to an Ideascale site to enable people to vote on their priority ones. So, here is our attempt to refine some of … Read more

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What are Your Top 3 Monograph Problems?

The project recently held its first expert workshop to explore the monographs problem space. With this first workshop we wanted to begin surfacing as many of the possible problems that the monograph strategy might need to address – the project tried not to constrain the discussions or problem statements too much; at this stage we … Read more

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Help us to Map the Monographs Landscape

One of the principles of the National Monographs Strategy project is to make all our documents and reports openly available for comment and community input. We hope, that by taking this open approach, we can ensure we don’t miss anything important and get different perspectives on the work. We want to encourage active participation in … Read more

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NMS at the SCONUL conference

The National Monographs Strategy project saw the light of day for the first time recently at the SCONUL conference in Dublin. This was an opportunity to talk a little bit about the project and our approach, and more importantly, a chance to get some initial feedback and input into the project from around 20 senior … Read more

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The start of something new!

Hello and welcome to the blog for the National Monograph Strategy project. The scholarly monograph – the book-length result of dedicated research, the gold standard for authorative academic publication – finds itself in a precarious position. It’s no longer sustainable, facing a number of grave challenges. Understanding these challenges  is a key part of this project … Read more

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