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Diving into the world of data at the Force 11 Scholarly Communication Institute of 2020

The programming committee for the Force 11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI) is working fervently to put together the list of courses for 2020. Six Essential Courses will be returning from last year's program, including Inside Scholarly Communication Today, FAIR Data in the Scholarly Communications Life Cycle, and Research Reproducibility in Theory and Practice. (Note: Course descriptions and instructors may change as this year’s curriculum is finalized). There are courses aimed towards interdisciplinary learners with a broad level of experience. New learners will find the content accessible, and experienced learners will be able to dive deeper into the topics. 

Funders and publishers are increasingly aware of the importance of data management planning and publishing. Over the last decade a number of research funders including the Wellcome trust, National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and others around the world have implemented policies around data management and sharing. Furthermore, most large academic publishers have implemented policies for data sharing. Our plenary sessions this year will center around best practices recommended by funders and publishers when sharing data including discussions on the FAIR data principles and their impact upon the research enterprise. We are excited at the content that is coming together, and we think you will be too.

FSCI is focused upon professional development through courses that are active and hands-on, within a fun, informative, and immersive experience designed to expand your connections in the scholarly communication community. Secure your spot among an international group of researchers and scholars now! The Advance Registration discount rate for the Force 11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) is available through January 31st.  Act now to receive a discount off the regular registration fee, and secure priority to select your courses (when they are announced on March 1st). Then, make travel arrangements for your week in California between August 3-7th at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

To learn more, review last year’s program and visit the official website for FSCI 2020 at Review housing options, testimonials from attendees, and learn more about UCLA and Westwood Village, where you will be staying. Hopefully you’ll find cheaper flights by booking early!

We welcome new attendees and hope to see former attendees at FSCI in August! 

FSCI 2019 Group Photo








FSCI 2019 Group Photo

Quotes from past attendees:

“I appreciated the diversity of participants, both in terms of academic background and demographics”

“The focus on scholarly communication in all of its aspects – research, teaching, technology, publishing, policy, activism and theory.”

“I will share what I learned with my research group and hopefully, with the broader community of students in my graduate program.”

“The atmosphere is challenging but welcoming, and the international attendees help provide a broader view of the challenges and approaches to scholarly communication.” 


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