Quality Assuring KnowledgeAlan Cann, University of Leicester bit.ly/AJCann
Quality Assuring KnowledgeI keep six honest serving-men(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and WhenAn...
What is “quality” ?Subjective feeling or objective fact?Endless attempts to measure (REF, RQF, etc)Size? Depth? Relevance?
Why does it matter?Effectiveness, efficiencyRespect, reputationAuthority?                            www.rin.ac.uk/social-...
How should we measure “quality”?Funding?Ethical approvalPublication - peer reviewCitation“Impact”Social:Crowdsourcing – se...
It’s not information overload,        it’s filter failure
When?Pre or post publication?Filter on the way out –conventional peer reviewis based on a scarcity model
The Digital Scholar
Where?Journals (online, eToCs, RSS) – filtered contentTools – many examples:• Social networks – Twitter as Librarian?• Wik...
Who?Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)- the people who filter for you.- you’re only as smart as your network?           ...
Workshop Questions1. What tools do you currently use?2. Authority – good or evil? How can you tell?3. How do you find the ...
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  • Quality Assuring KnowledgeDr Alan J. Cann, Department of Biology,Adrian Building, University of Leicester,University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK.
  • Quality Assuring KnowledgeI keep six honest serving-men(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.(Rudyard Kipling)
  • What is “quality” ?No real answer.Assessing the quality of research. BMJ 2004; 328 doi: 10.1136/bmj.328.7430.39 http://www.bmj.com/content/328/7430/39
  • Emphasises “open”.
  • Quality Assurance of Knowledge

    1. 1. Quality Assuring KnowledgeAlan Cann, University of Leicester bit.ly/AJCann
    2. 2. Quality Assuring KnowledgeI keep six honest serving-men(They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and WhenAnd How and Where and Who. Kipling
    3. 3. What is “quality” ?Subjective feeling or objective fact?Endless attempts to measure (REF, RQF, etc)Size? Depth? Relevance?
    4. 4. Why does it matter?Effectiveness, efficiencyRespect, reputationAuthority? www.rin.ac.uk/social-media-guide
    5. 5. How should we measure “quality”?Funding?Ethical approvalPublication - peer reviewCitation“Impact”Social:Crowdsourcing – serendipitous discovery,tagging (Everything is Miscellaneous)
    6. 6. It’s not information overload, it’s filter failure
    7. 7. When?Pre or post publication?Filter on the way out –conventional peer reviewis based on a scarcity model
    8. 8. The Digital Scholar
    9. 9. Where?Journals (online, eToCs, RSS) – filtered contentTools – many examples:• Social networks – Twitter as Librarian?• Wikis – collaborative knowledge building• Social bookmarking, citation & annotation
    10. 10. Who?Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)- the people who filter for you.- you’re only as smart as your network? Loss of authority?
    11. 11. Workshop Questions1. What tools do you currently use?2. Authority – good or evil? How can you tell?3. How do you find the unknown unknowns? Talk to me

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