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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”.

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  • 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 WhenAnd How and Where and Who. Kipling
  • 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-media-guide
  • How should we measure “quality”?Funding?Ethical approvalPublication - peer reviewCitation“Impact”Social:Crowdsourcing – serendipitous discovery,tagging (Everything is Miscellaneous)
  • 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?• Wikis – collaborative knowledge building• Social bookmarking, citation & annotation
  • Who?Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)- the people who filter for you.- you’re only as smart as your network? Loss of authority?
  • 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