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Scholarly communication, access and peer review in the digital age

Posted Apr 03 2011 11:11pm

Here are a few rather important items that have come over my and feeds in the last week:

1. Scholarly communication in the digital age - listen to Charles Eckman's SFU lecture from March 2011. See and ...

'At the dawn of the 21st century we are witnessing a dramatic growth in the production of knowledge, posing immense challenges for its dissemination, management and long-term preservation. Recent studies out of Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, UK, and US attempt to quantify the costs and benefits of each component of the scholarly communication lifecycle. These and related studies provide the basis for developing sustainable models to meet the challenge.

2. Digital humanities and Professor Katherine Rowe

Professor Rowe's avatar was flying across a grassy landscape to a virtual three-dimensional re-creation of the Globe Theater, where some students from her introductory class at Bryn Mawr College had already gathered. Many teachers and administrators are only beginning to figure out the contours of this emerging field of the and how it should be taught. 

3. An emerging lexicon for peer review

Fitzpatrick and Rowe have co-authored an article about :

... With several experiments now complete or ongoing, and others in the pipeline, humanities scholars could profit from some systems-level thinking about the common challenges and benefits that accrue ... As we explore the connections between different experiments we gain a clearer sense of patterns that emerge, understand them and apply insight to other contexts for peer review. To do this in a productive way, we need a shared language and analytic framework across fields. This essay offers the beginnings of a shared vocabulary that could underpin such thinking, distilling keywords and concepts from Shakespeare Quarterly's open peer review experiment in partnership with Media-Commons Press.

4. Team and global science

Dr. Basken writes about while the Royal Society has released a report about :

'...new researchers and research communities are reshaping the landscape for science and innovation, so long dominated by the USA, Japan and Europe. This report explores this changing geography of science and innovation. In Part 1, it maps and investigates where and how science is being carried out around the world and the ways in which this picture is changing. Part 2 reveals the shifting patterns of international collaboration. International science is largely conducted through bottom-up, informal connections, as scientists become more mobile and as large and often complex data are shared at the click of a button. But top-down, solutions-oriented initiatives are also helping to shape the research landscape, as scientists organise themselves, or are being organised, to tackle shared concerns...' 

5. Google Books from a University Press perspective

Jenna Newman about Google Books and its economic and cultural impact:

'This report uses the experience of Canadian scholarly publisher the University of British Columbia Press to illuminate the technical details of the November 13, 2009, proposed amended settlement agreement, and it examines the settlement's economic and cultural costs and benefits and its implications for digital publishing, public access, and copyright law in a rapidly developing digital market. Whatever this settlement's outcome, its proposal underlines the need for meaningful, legislative copyright reform capable of encompassing present technological realities.

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