J. Waters, Program Officer
Suzanne M. Lodato, Associate Program Officer
|Overview and History|
The distinctiveness of the scholarly communications program, however, lies not only in its technological focus, but also in the ways in which it supports and complements (not replaces or supplants) the traditional concerns of the Foundation in supporting leading institutions in higher education, the arts and the performing arts, population, and ecology. Staff formulate their technology initiatives based on an essential principle: technology is merely a tool, a means of production and distribution, and digital technologies are increasingly the tools of choice. If used wisely and effectively, these tools can improve quality, lower costs, speed up work, open new perspectives, or make work possible that is otherwise difficult or impossible. If not used wisely or seen as an end in itself, technology may be nothing more than an expensive drag on research and teaching.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the scholarly communications program is its comprehensive attention to all stages in the life cycle of scholarly resources. Complementing fellowship and other kinds of support for research and teaching at research universities, liberal arts colleges, independent research centers, libraries, and museums, the Foundation also supports the development of scholarly resources from their creation, to their dissemination through various forms of publication, as well as their accessibility through cataloging and other means and their preservation for future generations.
Categories of support