The Center for eResearch fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange via digital and internet-based media. It seeks to democratize academic research by using electronic tools and strategies to remove barriers to learning and knowledge-sharing, and to promote a broader, more inclusive, and more diverse academic community. The CeR supports campus-level, national, and international research efforts through a series of projects:
Online resources for research news
SyndicateMizzou presents the research and creative activities of University of Missouri faculty in their very own words. All articles feature excerpted interviews with researchers and creative artists in four formats: streaming video, downloadable video (mpeg4), ipod-ready video, and audio (mp3). A brief article and pertinent links are also included, and users can subscribe to the site through an RSS feed. Among the constituencies addressed by SyndicateMizzou are the campus community, average citizens in Missouri and across the country, prospective MU students, and faculty colleagues and students at other institutions.
The purpose of the UM Research Board is to enhance the long-term quality and quantity of scholarship throughout the University by supporting meritorious research projects. An important goal is to leverage external funds by UM faculty by supporting promising new faculty and funding high quality new initiatives of senior faculty. Similar to Syndicate Mizzou, UMRB’s Video Showcasing of Research features faculty from all four campuses of the University of Missouri System. UMRB grant recipients explain how this funding has led to breakthrough research and creative activity in many areas.
An online, open-access, free-of-charge journal
On September 19, 2006 the international academic journal Oral Tradition, founded in 1986, became a free, online, open-access periodical. To date the current issue (volume 24, number 1) plus all 23 years of back issues have been posted at the journal site as a series of downloadable pdf files, with full indexing and search capabilities. All 500+ articles (10,000+ pages) are available to anyone worldwide with an internet connection and a browser, free of charge. The journal is now read in 187 countries and the site has hosted more than 500,000 visitors since its inception. We have undertaken this project to enlarge both the readership and the authorship of Oral Tradition, with special concern for those parts of the academic community outside the Western distribution network for paper journals.
The Pathways Project
The Pathways Project is a multimedia venture that explores the similarities and correspondences between humankind’s oldest and newest thought-technologies: oral tradition and the Internet. The overall project consists of a book, Pathways of the Mind (due 2008), and a suite of online vehicles: a wiki, an eEdition, several eCompanions, a data-base, and an RSS feed.
A digital, web-based edition
As part of a program of electronic editions, Halil Bajgorić’s 1935 performance of a 1030-line South Slavic oral epic, The Wedding of Mustajbey’s Son Bećirbey, has been made available online and free of charge at the project site. Although the epic was also published as a conventional book, this eEdition radically reintegrates the performance by synchronizing the audio record, an original-language transcription, an English translation, a commentary, and an idiomatic glossary – presenting all of these dimensions on the same electronic “page.”