Session 1 - New Modes of Scholarly Communication: Blogs,
Wikis and Web 2.0 in Academia
11 November 2008, Industrie-Club, Düsseldorf, Germany
Moderation: Cornelius Puschmann (University of Düsseldorf)
Since long before the advent of modern academia the pursuit of knowledge has been a decidedly collaborative enterprise. At the beginning of the 21st century a range of new and powerful digital tools are available to scholars, making the dissemination and discussion of research results easier, faster and cheaper than ever before.
Yet it seems that wikis, blogs, social networking and collaborative tagging – all of which can be appropriated for research – are only slowly catching on in academic environments. Traditional publication formats such journals in the natural and social sciences and monographs in the humanities are instead transplanted into the electronic domain, with little change of their form. How does hypertext-based, multimedia publishing reconfigure the form of scholarly communication? What is the potential of lab wikis, open notebook science and social networking for researchers? How will the way we do research be affected by the way we (digitally) communicate? This session will approach these questions from a multidisciplinary perspective.