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Digital Academe: Implications of Digital Research


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Presentation to the OUP Journals Day on 14 March 2012, focusing on the implications of digital research for journals and publishing initiatives.

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Digital Academe: Implications of Digital Research

  1. 1. Digital Academe: A Perspective from Digital Social Research William H. Dutton Professor of Internet Studies Oxford Internet Institute (OII) University of OxfordPresentation for Oxford Journals Day Conference, Oxford UniversityPress, 14 March 2012.
  2. 2. Relevant Research• Oxford Internet Surveys of Britain: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and World Internet Project (WIP)• The Global Values Project: OII in collaboration with INSEAD, comScore, and WEF• The Performance of Distributed Problem-Solving Networks (DPSN) Project (2007-8)• The Oxford e-Social Science Project (OeSS), Economic and Social Research Council (2005-12)• The Fifth Estate Project, supported by the OII, Oxford Internet Surveys (2003-2012), and June Klein, Electronic Boardroom™
  3. 3. Oxford e-Social Science Project Spanning types of data and tools Case studies Spanning disciplines: (Social) sciences and humanities Privacy and data protection Issue-based studies Institutional Infrastructures E-Research ethics, and … Online survey of e-Research: Bottom-up practices, proximity and cohorts Survey research Scientometrics and webmetrics: Global visibility and outputLongitudinal ethnographies Contexts of research innovation
  4. 4. Reconfiguring Access in Everyday Life and Work • How you get information Information • What you know • How you communicate People • Who you know • How you obtain services Services • From whom, from where • How you do what you do Technology • What know-how you require
  5. 5. Reconfiguring Access in Research • How you collaborate Collaboration • With whom you collaborate • How you observe objects Observation • What you observe/experience • How you obtain info, dataData, Information • What you collect • How you conduct Analysis • Where you obtain computation • When & how you disseminate Distribution • What you distribute to whom
  6. 6. Researchers First Port of Call Collaborative Network Search v Sites Organizations Empowering Networked Individuals Trust Social Cues Centrality Significance Students
  7. 7. Networked Institutions & Individuals Networked • NHS Direct (Web v Phone) Institutions • PubMed/MEDLINE Networked • Searching the Internet for health Individuals and medical informationCollaborative • Networking Patients (UK Children Networked with Diabetes Advocacy Group (500)Organizations • Networking Physicians, e.g., Sermo
  8. 8. Arena: Networked Institutions Networked IndividualsNews Online journalism, BBC Netizens, Citizen Online, Live Micro-Blogging Journalists, Bloggers, Whistleblowers, Leaks,, Hacking BlacklashResearch Institutional Repositories, Search, Subject Matter Institutional Clouds, Online Repositories, Cloud Access to Libraries, Services, Citizen Scientists, Digitization of Holdings, Blogging (Lab Notes), Journals Online Online Tools (Surveys, Content Analysis)Education Online Learning, Multimedia Backchannels, Informal Classrooms Learning, Rate My TeacherHealth and Medical NHS Direct, e-mailing Going to the Internet for safety alerts health information, Networks of Patients,
  9. 9. Implications of Networked Institutions and Individuals • More Competition for Attention Journals • Sustainability: New Business Models • Sustainability: New Services, Facilities • Digital Tools and Literacy Editors • Greater Reliance on Search, Social Networks • New Legal, Ethical, and Quality Issues in Research • Digital Research Post-Fad Researchers • Following Content, and Networks • Democratization of More Aspects of Research • More Fluid, and Active: Links, Ratings, Discussion Readers • Following Content and Networks • Democratization of More Aspects of Research