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ERIC Number: EJ825454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov-21
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A New Field Study Identifies Eight Major Types of Digital Scholarship
Howard, Jennifer
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n13 pA11 Nov 2008
Innovative digital scholarship now takes place across disciplines, but much digital publishing still operates by the rules of traditional scholarly culture, even as new genres and behaviors are appearing. These are some of the chief findings of a report released on November 10 by the Association of Research Libraries and the Ithaka group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the use of information technologies in higher education. The report, "Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication," is based on interviews conducted by "field librarians" with researchers in all disciplines. It describes "a largely unexplored ecosystem" of scholarly behavior in the digital realm. It identifies eight major types of digital scholarly resources: (1) e-journals, which are published in electronic format only; (2) reviews of scholarly works; (3) preprints and working papers; (4) encyclopedias and annotated content; (5) data resources like the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics' Protein Data Bank, a database devoted to protein structures; (6) blogs; (7) discussion forums like e-mail lists; and (8) professional and scholarly hubs, including the Web portals maintained by many scholarly societies. One thing has not changed in the digital environment, concludes the report, is the need to figure out how to stay afloat: "Projects of all sizes are still seeking paths to sustainability."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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