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FORCE11 and UCLA Library partner to host 2019 FSCI summer institute on open research

FORCE11 is pleased to announce the third annual FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI) will take place at UCLA from August 5 to 9, 2019. With this move, FORCE11 begins a long-term collaboration with the UCLA Library to plan and present FSCI, and improve understanding and engagement with the fast-changing world of research communication on campuses everywhere.   
FSCI started in 2017 as a partnership between FORCE11 and the University of California at San Diego. Now setting down roots in Los Angeles, California, FSCI is a week-long summer school in open research for researchers, librarians, publishers, university administrators, funders, students and post-docs that incorporates intensive coursework, seminars, group activities, lectures and hands-on training. Participants learn from leading experts, have the chance to discuss the latest trends and to gain expertise in new technologies. FSCI is transdisciplinary and relevant across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

“Working together with the academic community to explore frontiers in research communications is key to changing practices,” said Ginny Steel, UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian. “The UCLA Library has been actively involved in efforts to enhance and expand scholarly discourse through openness, and the summer institute will be a valuable forum for us to consider the opportunities and challenges in concert with the international research community. We look forward to welcoming everyone in August.” 
FSCI courses explore changing practice in data-sharing, authorship, peer review, research assessment, publishing and more. There are courses for those who know very little about current trends and technologies and courses for those ready to pursue advanced topics. FSCI covers scholarly communication from a variety of disciplinary, regional and international perspectives. 

“We’re so pleased to name the UCLA Library as our partner for FSCI,” added Daniel O’Donnell, Chair of the FORCE11 Board of Directors and Professor of English at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “FSCI is a vibrant, inclusive and accessible forum for individuals from across sectors to apply themselves to learn about emerging topics and take them back to their home institutions. The librarian scholars at the UCLA Library are recognised leaders in improving research communication, and together with the wider academic community of UCLA will enrich the FSCI program in fantastic ways.” 
The 5-day FSCI will take place at UCLA August 5 through 9, 2019. Course information and registration will be available in spring. To be kept up-to-date on details as they emerge, sign up to receive email updates, join us on Facebook, or follow @force11rescomm on Twitter. 

FSCI2019@UCLA is online at 

About UCLA Library
As one of the world’s leading research libraries, the UCLA Library creates a vibrant nexus of ideas, collections, expertise and spaces in which users illuminate solutions for local and global challenges. It constantly evolves to advance UCLA’s research, education and public service mission by empowering and inspiring communities of scholars and learners to discover, access, create, share and preserve knowledge. More information is available on the website at 

About FORCE11

FORCE11 (The Future of Research Communication and eScholarship) is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, we aim to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology. Visit for more information.

Publication Date: 29th November 2018


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