Thoughts on Digital Scholarship

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Some thoughts on how digital technologies are changing the role of the scholar


  • 1.Thinking about Digital Scholarship Martin Weller

2. Current characteristics What is scholarship? Doing different things or doing things differently What are thedrivers for change? What can we learn from elsewhere? Our relationship with content Identity Online environments 3. Clay Shirky: Cognitive surplus 4.

  • If true, then society is changing & the same tools impact upon all aspects of scholarship

5. The Boyer view of scholarship

  • Discovery
  • Integration
  • Application
  • Teaching


  • Main question will the Boyer view be applicable for digital scholarship

7. 3 characteristics of a digital scholar 8. 9. Digital 10. Network 11. If true what does it mean for scholarly practice 12. No change 13. We do what we did before but in slightly different ways 14. We do different things 15. 16. Are these new or just different ways?

  • Michael Wesch database of article summaries
  • Students organising on Facebook prior to starting
  • Students organising OU Tesco protest on Facebook
  • Teaching culturally specific music via Skype
  • Crowdsourcing research iSpot/DarwinTunes/InnoCentive
  • Open courses/conferences

17. What about 18.

  • Heppell (2001)we continually make the error of subjugating technology to our present practice rather than allowing it to free us from the tyranny of past mistakes.


  • LanierSoftware sedimentation is a process whereby not only protocols, but the ideas embedded in them become mandatory. An example is the idea of the file.

20. Drivers for change 21. Not net gen 22. Not some perfect storm 23. Possibilities for improving what we do 24. But dont ignore network weather 25. Lessons from other sectors 26.

  • Cant control digital content
  • People like to share
  • New filters emerge
  • Models based on filters break down
  • Disintermediation 27. We are only at the beginning Dont confuse form with function Unbundling of services Explore different models Alternatives are the killer 28. Content 29. When it is as easy to download an entire catalogue as it is one track, our relationship to content undergoes a fundamental change 30. Research papers Lectures/Teaching content Conferences Data Code Ideas Debate Higher education as long tail production engine 31. Embrace unpredictability [] 32. Identity 33. Identity Academic identity Distributed Personal/Professional Messier 34. Learning/research environments 35. Complexity comes from the network not the app 36.

  • Your task:
  • Design the scholar of 2030

37. What will they do on a daily basis?

  • How will they conduct research?
  • How and what will the teach?
  • What will be the key skills they need?