Vega and the DPI: A Case Study of Digital Publishing at WVU

Cheryl E Ball, West Virginia University

The West Virginia University Libraries recently initiated a Digital Publishing Institute (DPI), which will serve as a digital and scholarly communications hub for librarians, faculty, staff, and students on the WVU campus. The DPI has three areas of outreach: (1) helping create, promote, and support funded and unfunded research projects and collections that require a digital publishing component; (2) collaborating with teachers to introduce publishing studies and information literacies to students in support of class-based, research-funded, or service-oriented publishing projects; and (3) offering production and infrastructural support for service-oriented digital publishing on and off campus.

This presentation by the DPI director serves as a case study of the DPI’s first year in existence and includes examples from pilot projects that fall under each of the three banners mentioned above: research, teaching, and service. For instance, the DPI will oversee implementation of a $1m Mellon Foundation research project for Vega, an open-source academic publishing platform that offers publishers (including libraries, presses, individual faculty members, organizations, etc.) choices in editorial workflows, such as open or closed peer review, and multiple options for publishing print-like content, multimedia, and data sets. The DPI is also implementing new, internal workflows for born-digital collections that serve the local and regional populations, such as in our recent “West Virginia History: An Open-Access Reader,” in which partners from Library Systems, WVU Press, WVU Library Residents (an underrepresented librarianship fellowship), and the DPI worked together to build this OA textbook for use by two different universities and the public. These are some of the examples that will be discussed briefly during this case-study presentation, and feedback on these nascent projects and processes will be welcome as the DPI and Vega become expanded entities on campus over the next few years.