One scenario for scholarly research

Here’s me talking about one possible way we can do scholarly research online. (larger size here)

It’s only a couple of minutes, so let me add a few thoughts:

  • I’m talking about an individual faculty member or two.  It’s not a macro discussion.  So no time to get into publication economics, big tech trends, metadata standards, etc.
  • My final point might be lost, so: what I describe isn’t cutting-edge tech.  It’s established tech and settled practices in the online world.  I’m just seeing academics actually take them seriously.
  • The boundaries here are fluid, mostly due to social media.  Scholarly thinking sprawls across platforms and into different forms.  It’s what we do now, actually, but here rendered more visible, more of a driver for venue selection.
  • Yes, I have that much hair.
  • This is an optimistic scenario.  It sees more scholarship and more access.  So it’s opposed to my peak scholarship concept.
  • I left off institutional repositories.  Am still thinking about that.

Many thanks to Gerry Bayne for the editing and Educause for the setting.

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One Response to One scenario for scholarly research

  1. One of the reasons I blog as a scholar is because it gives me a place to reflect and share ideas in a way that respects the exchanges that I grew up witnessing. The will to confuse thoughtfulness with critical analysis means that you rarely can have a fulfilling conversation amongst academics; mostly, you get an adversarial exchange that leaves me not wanting to engage with colleagues over ideas. In the blogosphere, I have certainly written posts that received criticism, which is fine, and most of the times when this happens, the criticism takes place as a conversation; in other words, it’s democratic. The academy has a hierarchical structure, I get that, I respect that, and I’ve signed on to that, but the pleasures of research are often greatly compromised as they are lived off-line. EMM

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