Scholarly communication is all about:
FIVE THREADS TO EXPLORE
In order to maximise the possible outputs of the conference, five areas have been identified for investigation. Participants can explore and engage with any or all of these threads. The focus is on the future, starting with a blank piece of paper, blank wall or an empty frame.
Transparent evaluation of scholarly communication is possible and already in practice in some
disciplines. Peer review is controversial, time consuming and yet key to scholarly quality. Post versus pre peer review process is costly and consumes effort and time at a point when the work can be made visible and available.
Is this the future? We think the process can change significantly. In this thread, participants will create together new views of how evaluation can occur.
We have long been asking the question about the unit of scholarly content. Currently the approach for quality is to praise the package (the journal title or book). The item of greatest value is the present, not the packaging. What does a new paradigm look like where the article or chapter is the focus of our quantitative and qualitative measures?
Scholarly/academic status: title has the status rather than the article? What will scholarly practice be in the coming technological era? What do we want it to be?
We want to imagine the future where access barriers are eliminated. Items which are hidden disappear from the view of scholars who have vast amounts of information to mine and analyse. Will continued barriers eventually equal no use?
Is isn’t just about hit rates and volumes. Can we imagine a world where exposure is the main point and penetration and impact are the measures? Where content seekers can draw together all forms of related information with a simple click and go.
Content creators and consumers have the privilege and challenge of taking on multiple and changing roles. This may involve switching roles and occupying two or more roles at the same time. It means being not just a receiver but a giver and creator at the same time.
There is a blurring of roles between author and reader and commenter. What is the final version of something that continues to change and evolve?
Creator, publisher, archivist and distributor – where does this new paradigm take scholars in the future?
Interactivity: burrow in and see a world of information, data, comments, video and bibliometrics. Then burrow out. What does the semantic web mean in the context of scholarly communications?
Bibliometrics: could include research data. What models can we create in a new multidimensional approach?