Digital scholarship

Digital scholarship refers to those changes in scholarly practice made possible by digital and networked technologies: open access publishing, open science, digital humanities, the use of social media by academics, digital and citizen science. In the information and library sciences, a focus on digital curation reflects an interest in the ability of scholars to assemble, search across and publish annotated collections of interconnected multimedia artefacts. Digital scholarship demonstrates many elements of open and networked forms of scholarship. Open-access publishing and open peer review enable sharing of knowledge. Open publishing of research datasets supports reproducible research. Engagement in open educational practices has the potential to support moves towards a more free and collegiate teaching practice.

2 Responses to Digital scholarship

  1. Victor Morgan says:

    Here, I feel that the emphasis is on the `outputs’ of digital scholarship. I would myself also draw attention to the `input side’. Over my career what it is possible to do and the ease with which it is possible to do it has been utterly transformed by the digital revolution. For example, in the humanities the now ready access to rare texts, or the way in which one can use digital technology to `take home’ parts of archives has transformed how one can use one’s sources. It is also now possible to write in a more scholarly way and with greater ease because of the existence of specialised word-processing or drafting software. Complex editorial projects that once were financially not viable have now become possible. Moreover, this not only transforms the practicalities, it also modifies how one thinks and the complexity of thought that is possible.

    • Liz FitzGerald says:

      Hi Victor, if you, or anyone else you know is into digital humanities, and in particular ancient world data (maps, texts, places, artefacts etc) you may be interested in the Pelagios project which aims to “help introduce Linked Open Data goodness into online resources that refer to places in the historic past”. Some of us here at the OU were involved in this research, especially last year when folk in IET created and evaluated some of the widgets. These widgets and indeed some of the other outputs of this work may come in useful for digital scholars throughout academia, museums, other levels/forms of education and even keen school students.

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