positions universities to play a much more active role in dissemination—
particularly of new kinds of content.
Key to fulfilling this dissemination responsibility is for universities to have
the ability to make appropriate decisions about access to content and the uses to
be made of it. They must acquire and maintain the rights necessary to make
scholarly content as usable and broadly accessible as possible. Particularly for
content that is not formally published, universities need appropriate limited
rights. Research data, video, audio, and multimedia works, new forms of digital
works and scholarly resources, are just some of the non-traditional content
whose dissemination needs management. In addition, the university’s ability to
disseminate knowledge will be enhanced if it can regain similar limited rights to
disseminate works that pass through the formal publication system….
A Vision Statement for the
University’s Role in Dissemination
The creation of new knowledge lies at the heart of the research university and
results from tremendous investments of resources by universities, federal and
state governments, industry, foundations,
and others. The products of that enterprise
are created to benefit society. In the
process, those products also advance
further research and scholarship, and the
teaching and service missions of the university. Reflecting its investments, the
academy has a responsibility to ensure the broadest possible access to the fruits
of its work both in the short and long term by publics both local and global.
Faculty research and scholarship represent invaluable intellectual capital, but
the value of that capital lies in its effective dissemination to present and future
audiences. Dissemination strategies that restrict access are fundamentally at
odds with the dissemination imperative inherent in the university mission….
This Is the Moment
to Take Action
Decades of investment and development in information technologies and
networked information resources have created an unprecedented opportunity
for scholars to express, document, organize, and transmit knowledge with
extraordinary flexibility, depth, and power; these same developments have
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Faculty research and scholarship represent invaluable
intellectual capital, but the value of that capital lies in its
effective dissemination to present and future audiences.