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Upgrading Academic Scholarship : Challenges and Chances of the Digital Age
9th International Bielefeld Conference ''Upgrading the eLibrary: enhanced information services driven by technology and economics''
Bielefeld, 3.-5. Februar 2009
Purpose: The paper is a discussion of what the beginning of the Internet Age means for the functions and structures of scholarly information and communication by looking at and evaluating today's usability and usage of the digital information infrastructure for and by academic scholarship.
Design/methodology/approach: The paper gives an overview of the current state of development of digital information in the scholarly cultures and stresses the importance of data as the crucial - and considerably extended - basis of scholarly work. The central role of the publishing world for the academic rewards system is analyzed to consider continuities and discontinuities in scholarly publication.
Findings: The paper advances the thesis first coined by Christine Borgman that today we have an information infrastructure of, but not one for scholarly information. Some ideas and proposals of what should be done to move towards an information infrastructure for scholarly work conclude the paper.
Originality/value: The paper tries to bridge the gap between information professionals as producers and scholars as users of information and communication technologies and shows that a joint debate on these issues is necessary.
||Digital Age , academic scholarship , scholarly information , scholarly work , information infrastructure
||University Library (UB)
||Library and information sciences
Upgrading Academic Scholarship : Challenges and Chances of the Digital Age.
9th International Bielefeld Conference ''Upgrading the eLibrary: enhanced information services driven by technology and economics'', February 3-5, 2009, Bielefeld, Germany, eds. M. Höppner, W. Horstmann and S. Rahmsdorf
Online-Journal: Library Hi Tech, 27(2009) 4