EPIC Online Use and Cost Evaluation

The Andrew W. Mellon foundation awarded EPIC (The Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia) a grant to conduct an evaluation of online resources, gathering data on a number of specific topic areas. These topic areas include how digital projects affect costs associated with the scholarly communications process, how digital resources affect the research and teaching patterns of scholars and students, and identifying the financial models that will foster sustainability of digital products over the long term.

To collect data on these issues, we have contacted academic presses, university administrations, information technology personnel, librarians, faculty, and students, with methods including one-on-one interviews, focus groups, usage log analysis, and surveys. Our goal is to examine this data both from a general perspective with reference to online resources' affect on scholarly communication, and a more specific focus of how EPIC projects are being utilized by librarians, faculty, and students.

Currently, reports on the EPIC advisory board meeting, librarian focus group, librarian survey, and student interviews as well as the presentation from the Spring 2002 CNI Conference are available on the EPIC Evaluation website.

As the research continues more reports will be posted as they become available.


r+dChristy Norman
r+dSusan Maloney