Facilitator: Marcos Wasem
Provocateurs: John Willinsky, Nick Carbone, Ron Musto, and Eileen Gardiner
In this workshop, we will address issues concerning scholarly research and publication and the ways digital distribution of academic content affects the politics of knowledge access. The growing use of online databases and portals to conduct scholarly research, and the increasing ease and speed of digital content delivery offer an opportunity and a challenge to the ways publishing have been practiced in the academy. This workshop on academic publishing (which will include academic journals, monographs, and textbooks) will focus on developing sustainable models for a new economy of academic publication, and will analyze new methods of scholarly interaction, paying particular attention to the ways we conceive ownership and control of academic discourse.
Questions to ponder:
- What are the digital “best practices” that can ensure the academic quality, cost effectiveness and faster “turn around” of scholarly publications?
- What are the best ethical and practical choices we can make to help assure the right of the general public to access scholarly knowledge?