Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Scholarly communication: research report and handbook

Earlier in the year was published:
Harley, D. et al (2010) Final Report: Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines. Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley.
"The report is divided into eight chapters and can be read in its entirety online (733 pages) or can be downloaded in a PDF file, as can any individual chapter." It "brings together the responses of 160 interviewees across 45, mostly elite, research institutions to closely examine scholarly needs." The disciplines covered are: Archaeology; Astrophysics; Biology; Economics; History; Music; and Political Science. Assuming the search function is working properly, it manages to go 733 pages without mentioning information literacy, which is rather disappointing. http://escholarship.org/uc/cshe_fsc
Thanks to Richard Wakeford for pointing me to this resource.
Another, more recent, publication is the JISC Scholarly Communication Action Handbook. This "provides guidance and suggested actions that if undertaken will help to address researchers’ concerns with scholarly communications and improve current practices." This resource could be useful, also in raising awareness generally about issues to do with creating and publishing knowledge and information. It's available at http://misc.jisc.ac.uk/scholarly_communications_handbook/cms/
Photo by Sheila Webber: apple stall, plus organic quinces and medlars, October 2010

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