Digital Scholarship Martin Weller
Blogging as microcosm of digital scholarship
Blogging is… Social
Blogging is… Democratic
Blog posts can be..
Tech Politics Footie
 
Professional Informal
To no-one To 1000s
Some questions <ul><li>Do they represent 'proper scholarship' (whatever that is) </li></ul><ul><li>Are they central or per...
Big question <Does blogging change the nature of research?>
Tenure and reward
3 legged stool
How do we recognise dig schol?
<ul><li>enthusiasm for the development and adoption of technology should not be conflated with the hard reality of tenure ...
<ul><li>Cheverie et al (2009): “While this community talks about ‘publication’, the language used implies that digital sch...
Outsourced evaluation <ul><li>Waters (2000): “ to a considerable degree people in departments stopped assessing for themse...
<ul><li>Heppell (2001)  “we continually make the error of subjugating technology to our present practice rather than allow...
Digital scholarship gives alternatives where there were none previously
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Digital scholarship & publishing

  1. 1. Digital Scholarship Martin Weller
  2. 2. Blogging as microcosm of digital scholarship
  3. 3. Blogging is… Social
  4. 4. Blogging is… Democratic
  5. 5. Blog posts can be..
  6. 6. Tech Politics Footie
  7. 8. Professional Informal
  8. 9. To no-one To 1000s
  9. 10. Some questions <ul><li>Do they represent 'proper scholarship' (whatever that is) </li></ul><ul><li>Are they central or peripheral to practice? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they applicable to all domains? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they more useful for some scholarly functions than others eg teaching? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we recognize quality? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they complement or replace existing channels? </li></ul><ul><li>Should we reward them through official routes such as tenure? </li></ul><ul><li>Should bloggers use institutional systems or separate out their blogging and formal identities? </li></ul>
  10. 11. Big question <Does blogging change the nature of research?>
  11. 12. Tenure and reward
  12. 13. 3 legged stool
  13. 14. How do we recognise dig schol?
  14. 15. <ul><li>enthusiasm for the development and adoption of technology should not be conflated with the hard reality of tenure and promotion requirements in highly competitive and complex professional environments. Experiments in new genres of scholarship and dissemination are occurring in every field, but they are taking place within the context of relatively conservative value and reward systems that have the practice of peer review at their core.” </li></ul><ul><li>Harley et al 2010 </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Cheverie et al (2009): “While this community talks about ‘publication’, the language used implies that digital scholarship is of significantly lesser value, and word of mouth to younger colleagues discourages digital scholarship in the hiring, tenure and promotion process </li></ul>
  16. 17. Outsourced evaluation <ul><li>Waters (2000): “ to a considerable degree people in departments stopped assessing for themselves the value of a candidate as a scholar and started waiting for the presses to decide”. </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>Heppell (2001) “we continually make the error of subjugating technology to our present practice rather than allowing it to free us from the tyranny of past mistakes.” </li></ul>
  18. 19. Digital scholarship gives alternatives where there were none previously

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