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Recognizing Digital Scholarship and its Potential

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Andrew Wesolek

on 18 October 2013

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Transcript of Recognizing Digital Scholarship and its Potential

Scholarly Communication
Watering the Roots:
The Library's Role

The Root of Digital Scholarship:
Research and data made openly accessible and easily discoverable via the internet

Access Barriers:

Research may be discoverable but inaccessible due to subscription fees
Digital Scholarship
Rights management
Actively create content rather than passively collecting it
Build partnerships to underwrite OA fees
Collaborate with other libraries, regional and national initiatives
And most importantly:
Prepared by Andrew Wesolek
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Utah State University
June, 2013

Geographic Barriers:

Physical items may be bound to particular locations which hampers discoverability
Research and Data can be locked behind barriers
Keep an open mind!

Embrace Experimentation!
The Great Unknown!
Digital Production
Open Access:
Diversifying the
Scholarly Communication
Over the last several decades, the prices of scholarly journals have skyrocketed.
The result: access problems
This system worked smoothly for several hundred years, but…
A system in crisis
Authors publish in fully open-access journals. These journals make ALL of their published articles freely and immediately available on their websites
Gold OA
Author self archiving in an institutional or funder repository, personal website, or some other freely accessible website
Green OA
Two Strategies for Open Access
The Green Approach:
Author self-archiving in institutional, funder, or other online open access repositories
Open Access to research can improve or even
save lives

The system through which researchers share the results of their research
Experts in the field evaluate the author’s work
Author writes an article and submits it to a journal
The System (Ideally):
Journal publishes the work
Experts in the field evaluate the author’s work
Author writes an article and submits it to a journal
The System (Really):
“The Deeper problem is that we donate time, labor, and public money to create new knowledge and then hand control over the results to businesses that believe, correctly or incorrectly, that their revenue and survival depend on limiting access.”
-Peter Suber
Journal publishes the work
Benefits to Faculty and Students:

Your work is found, downloaded, and cited faster and more frequently

Gives new life to old work

Stability and long-term accessibility

Monthly usage Statistics
Benefits to Clemson

Showcase for the research and scholarship produced by the Clemson community

Inclusion of student works can attract high caliber students

Fulfillment of the Land Grant mission in the 21st century
Benefits to the world:
Repositories make information rapidly and freely available to those who really need it.
A tale of two audiences:
humans and machines
Open Content, Open Metadata
Appealing user interfaces
Produce "raw materials" for new modes of scholarship

Facilitate global collaboration through democratized access to knowledge

Expose unique collections to the world
"I know it when I see it"
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