Digital Scholarship: Exploration of Strategies and Skills for Knowledge Creation and Dissemination
University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute
University of Navarra
April 12, 2013
International Conference on Internet Science Conference Proceedings, Brussels, April 9-11, 2013
Widespread access to digital technologies has enabled digital scholars to access, create, share, and disseminate academic contents in innovative and diversified ways. Today academic teams in different places can collaborate in virtual environments by conducting scholarly work on the Internet. Two relevant dimensions that have been deeply affected by the emergence of digital scholarship are new facets of knowledge generation (wikis, e-science, online education, distributed R&D, open innovation, open science, peer-based production, online encyclopedias, user generated content) and new models of knowledge circulation and distribution (e-journals, open repositories, open licenses, academic podcasting initiatives, etc.). Despite the potential transformation of these novel practices and mechanisms of knowledge production and distribution, some authors suggest that digital scholarship can only be of significance if it marks a radical break in scholarship practices brought about through the possibilities enabled in new technologies. This paper address some of the key challenges and raise a set of recommendations to foster the development of key skills, new models of collaboration and cross-disciplinary cooperation between digital scholars.
Keywords: digital scholarship, digital research, knowledge based society, education
JEL Classification: O32, O31
Date posted: April 12, 2013
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