DH@uOttawa Speaker Series - October

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Why are we still publishing journal articles anyway? An exploration of some new, maybe better, approaches to knowledge creation & sharing

Wednesday, October 4, 2017; 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, room SMD129

Heather Morrison
School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa


The scholarly peer-reviewed journal article was a major state-of-the-art innovation taking advantage of the very latest in technology - in 1665. The very latest in technologies meant the printing press and the postal service. Since 1665, there has been an advance or two in technology that scholars can now take full advantage of. This talk will raise some provocative questions, such as whether we should abandon the traditional scholarly peer-reviewed journal article en masse in favour of new approaches to collaboratively developing and verifying knowledge. Why not have open research processes that bring peer review and collaboration forward to the process of developing questions and method? Does every research article really need its own literature review, or is tracking and reporting globally on developments better handled collaboratively? What about open data sharing, remixing, and verification? The author will present examples of new approaches including but not limited to her work and that of others, including scholarly blogs, open data & data verses, collaborative wikis and folksonomy approaches to tracking literature. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion; participants are encourage to bring questions, challenges, and share their own experiments.

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