The Scholarly Communication project explores how the practice of academic research is impacted by the digital revolution. The rise of social machines on the web has created many new opportunities for developing and improving scholarship and scholarly collaborations. One of the questions we address is whether the format of the scholarly article is still fit for its purpose or whether it could be replaced by new kinds of digital research objects.
Another important area of exploration is the way in which researchers use data, and which methods of comprehending, ordering, and sharing data hold the best promise. Scholarly research itself can be viewed as a social machine, and insights from the SOCIAM project should be applied to create the best future for scientific research.