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Digital Scholarship considered


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Presentation given at the Digital Scholarship Workshop at the Open University on January 25th 2010, and at subsequent meetings.

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Digital Scholarship considered

  1. 1. Digital Scholarship Considered: How new technologies can transform academic work Available on
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>New technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities for digital scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Open scholarship? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Technology <ul><li>Books and journals were first </li></ul><ul><li>Still important in some fields </li></ul><ul><li>Pros and cons </li></ul><ul><li>'Old' technologies often persist – for good reasons! </li></ul>
  4. 4. New technologies <ul><li>Large number </li></ul><ul><li>Wide variety </li></ul><ul><li>High rate of attrition </li></ul><ul><li>Some big successes </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some key characteristics <ul><li>User generated content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>but small % of users contribute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content is stored in cloud </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Perpetual beta </li></ul><ul><ul><li>always evolving </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lightweight </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 6. Scholarship <ul><li>Boyer's “Scholarship Reconsidered” (1990) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How might new technology affect these dimensions? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Possibilities for digital scholarship <ul><li>Changing practices not inevitable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discovery – Open data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration – Open publishing/ social referencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application – Open engagement? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching – Open education </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Open data <ul><li>LHC -15 petabytes p/a </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared globally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also </li></ul>
  9. 9. Open publishing <ul><li>Open access movement </li></ul><ul><li>Global issues </li></ul><ul><li>Social reference management </li></ul>
  10. 10. Open engagement? <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen Downes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Danah Boyd </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dawkins 24k </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stephen Hawking 20k </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Open education <ul><li>OpenCourseWare </li></ul><ul><li>OpenLearn </li></ul><ul><li>itunes/U </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul>
  12. 12. Open scholarship? <ul><li>“the Open Scholar is someone who makes their intellectual projects and processes digitally visible and who invites and encourages ongoing criticism of their work and secondary uses of any or all parts of it--at any stage of its development.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Next steps <ul><li>Feedback on digital/open scholarship ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Here or slideshare, blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Potential interviewees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital scholars </li></ul></ul>