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Digital scholarship debate


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For EdMedia 2011 I was part of the keynote debate, looking at recognition of digital scholarship

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Digital scholarship debate

  1. 1. This house believes that in the next decade, digital scholarship (in open journals, blogs, and social media) will achieve the same status in academic settings as traditional scholarship
  2. 2. The Digital Scholarship
  3. 3. “digital scholarship” =
  4. 4. Changes in all aspects of scholarly practice as a result of the application of digital, networked and open technologies and associated practices
  5. 5. Same status “same status” = be recognised by peers and officially
  6. 6. 7 converging pressures
  7. 7. 1. Impact
  8. 8. OA articles cited 3 times as much as closed (MacCallum CJ, Parthasarathy H (2006) PLoS Biol 4(5) Blog views outweigh paper downloads Other media generates good eyeballs
  9. 9. 2. Efficiency
  10. 10. Open course production Writing Research networks
  11. 11. 3. Efficacy
  12. 12. The power of a tweet Open development Public engagement
  13. 13. 4. complementary
  14. 14. <ul><li>Journal downloads </li></ul><ul><li>Keynote invites </li></ul>Social network boosts paper views Social networks lead to keynote invites
  15. 15. 5. Institutional benefit
  16. 16. Social networks for student recruitment A trusted voice in these communities Can you tweet about this event for us?
  17. 17. 6. Variety
  18. 18. A book is not just a book
  19. 19. The new conference archive
  20. 20. 7. Human Factors http:// / Competition Exclusion Cool
  21. 21. <ul><li>Creates top-down and bottom-up pressure </li></ul> Creates a top-down & bottom-up pressure
  22. 22. <ul><li>Argument is rarely either/or – overall direction of travel that is important </li></ul> Digital scholarship isn’t a
  23. 23. <ul><li>“ Then there's cyberbusiness. We're promised instant catalog shopping—just point and click for great deals. We'll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. .. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.” </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul>But it’s more right than wrong…