Understanding
information needs to support
Australia’s policy of engagement
with Asia
Roxanne Missingham
• Knowledge society
• Policy problem
• Knowledge theories
• Perspectives:
– Industry
– Researchers
– Universities and libr...
Knowledge society
3
Policy problem
• Knowledge transfer
– Primarily investigated as science &
technology
– Measures – patents, innovation, res...
University communication
5
Disconnect
6
Developing our Asia-capability
7
We will develop more Asia-capable talent and
help Australians gain study and work
experie...
Knowledge theories
• Knowledge management
– knowledge-driven model (unidirectional and
logical flow of information from re...
Research
“The results of the survey show that the acquisition
of additional research funds is a major motive for
universit...
Channels
10
Bekkers, R. Freitas, I.M.B. (2008) “Analysing knowledge transfer channels between universities and
industry: T...
Perspectives
• Industry
– Sharing knowledge
– Commissioning
– Search?
11
Perspectives
• Researchers
– “the activities that make up much of the work
of knowledge transfer—outreach, building
partne...
Perspectives
• Universities and libraries
13
14
• Repositories and libraries
– Snowden: “Repository rhymes with
suppository. Guess which is better?”
15
16
17
Contour maps of overall indices for selective countries (1998–2008)
Methodologies
• reading study
• Focus groups
– Institutes preliminary dsicussion
18
19
Thirst for knowledge
I am always on the look out for new
research papers with good data.
Senator Kate Lundy 2014
Research funded by ALIA
Questions/discussion
20
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RAILS Paper: Understanding information needs to support Australia’s policy of engagement with Asia

  1. 1. Understanding information needs to support Australia’s policy of engagement with Asia Roxanne Missingham
  2. 2. • Knowledge society • Policy problem • Knowledge theories • Perspectives: – Industry – Researchers – Universities and libraries • Methodology 2
  3. 3. Knowledge society 3
  4. 4. Policy problem • Knowledge transfer – Primarily investigated as science & technology – Measures – patents, innovation, research outputs – Civic epistemologies (Jasanoff) – Information ecologies (Davenport and Prusak) 4
  5. 5. University communication 5
  6. 6. Disconnect 6
  7. 7. Developing our Asia-capability 7 We will develop more Asia-capable talent and help Australians gain study and work experience, form relationships, learn to adapt behaviour to Asian contexts and learn to work more effectively with Asian governments. We will develop Australia’s ‘Asia literacy’ beyond language skills. We will develop strong people-to-people relationships. Our intention is to develop a ‘deep knowledge’ of Asia and to broaden and deepen our engagement and relationships in the region.
  8. 8. Knowledge theories • Knowledge management – knowledge-driven model (unidirectional and logical flow of information from researchers) – transfer – generally inter firm as theory – Actor network theory – ‘Proteus phenomenon’ (Grimshaw et al) 8
  9. 9. Research “The results of the survey show that the acquisition of additional research funds is a major motive for university centers to co-operate with industrial firms. The exchange of knowledge with industrial researchers is, however, a further key issue that can explain the considerable growth of university– industry interaction…” Meyer-Krahmer and Schmoch, 1998 “Science-based technologies: university–industry interactions in four fields”, Research Policy, 27(10), pp. 835–851 9
  10. 10. Channels 10 Bekkers, R. Freitas, I.M.B. (2008) “Analysing knowledge transfer channels between universities and industry: To what degree do sectors also matter?”, Research Policy, 37 (10), Pages 1837–1853
  11. 11. Perspectives • Industry – Sharing knowledge – Commissioning – Search? 11
  12. 12. Perspectives • Researchers – “the activities that make up much of the work of knowledge transfer—outreach, building partnerships with nonacademic organizations, and plain language communication—are not widely accepted as legitimate forms of scholarship” (Jacobson, Butterill, Goering) – Open access research (Kingsley) 12
  13. 13. Perspectives • Universities and libraries 13
  14. 14. 14
  15. 15. • Repositories and libraries – Snowden: “Repository rhymes with suppository. Guess which is better?” 15
  16. 16. 16
  17. 17. 17 Contour maps of overall indices for selective countries (1998–2008)
  18. 18. Methodologies • reading study • Focus groups – Institutes preliminary dsicussion 18
  19. 19. 19 Thirst for knowledge I am always on the look out for new research papers with good data. Senator Kate Lundy 2014
  20. 20. Research funded by ALIA Questions/discussion 20

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