The World Wide Web of Research and Access to Knowledge
Eric T. Meyer
University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford
August 1, 2009
Journal of Knowledge Management Research and Practice, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 218-233, 2009
This article examines the shift to online knowledge in research. In recent years there has been a major transformation in how formal and informal science communication is disseminated by electronic means. At the same time, researchers’ practices in accessing knowledge and information have changed, particularly in the use of search engines and digitized resources apart from traditional journals. While we still know little about how this affects the nature of research, particularly in light of disciplinary differences, we reject here the idea that the simple growth of outputs and proliferation of outputs also leads straightforwardly to a richer and more diverse information and knowledge environment. Instead, we argue that gatekeepers such as search engines which shape online visibility, combined with competition for limited attention space at the leading edge of research, leads to a different model of how access to knowledge and information is being shaped.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: e-Research, search, gatekeepers, research materialsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: July 1, 2008 ; Last revised: May 9, 2013
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