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Quality Assurance of Knowledge


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Quality Assurance of Knowledge
The Digital Researcher 2012 #dr12vitae

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Quality Assurance of Knowledge

  1. 1. Quality Assuring KnowledgeAlan Cann, University of Leicester
  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?
  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