Jun 302011

Today and tomorrow I am at the FIFTH BLOOMSBURY CONFERENCE ON E-PUBLISHING AND E-PUBLICATIONS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE ACADEMY: Enhancing and enabling scholarly communication. I’ll be liveblogging but the usual health warnings apply: expect typos etc.

Welcome to UCL and to the Conference from Claire Warwick (UCL) and from Anthony Watkinson (UCL)

Claire Warwick, who is interim Head of the Department of Information Studies and director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, opened with a quick welcome from University College London then handed over to Anthony Watkinson, organiser of this series and the chair of this conference, to outline the day and to flag up some changes to the programme: some folks with bad back, one at a funeral, one with a baby.

Framing the Discussion – Different Perspectives
Description of Session from organisers: Scholarly communication does not exist in a vacuum. David Nicholas (the director of CIBER) will explain how CIBER research provides a context for online behaviour, Chris Batt (researcher and former chief executive of MLA) will place scholars in their public environment, Chris Armbruster (Max Planck) will suggest ways in which the changes of the infrastructure of science is impacting on scholarly communication and Dave De Roure (OERC Oxford) will talk on the co-evolution of digital technologies and research methods in and between multiple disciplines.

Virtual Scholar, beyond books and journals, resources/data and this one on Social Media and the Academy. The theme has been scholarly communication. You could see these scholars communicating with the general public but we’re not really thinking about that in this case. Scholarly communication can be curiously unresponsive to changes but things are changing so we’re hoping to work that out over the course of this events.

UCL run various courses on epublishing and digital humanities which ties into our interest in today: we are looking at the communications between Information professionals and scholars. And we are looking at what publishers call the “formal” part of scholarly communications and the informal side of things. In the academic world the distinction isn’t really there but publishers think of themselves as providing the formal side of scholarly communications.

This is also the culmination of a 2 week summer school on epublishing.

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