Heck, yes! This one’s a bit different, though; it’s hands-on and home-grown.
While the Ithaka group was preparing its big-picture look at “University Publishing in a Digital Age,” the University of California system undertook a survey of publishing activities (or scholarly communication, as we must call it now) on its 10 campuses. As the report’s authors told me, they found lots of alternative or “entrepreneurial” ventures, including online working-paper series and journals. Now they want to figure out how to support all that activity and keep it in the family rather than having it poached by commercial publishers.