What is New Scholarship?

Increasingly, scholars are beginning to employ methods unavailable to their counterparts of several years ago, including prepublication releases of their work, distribution through non-traditional channels, dynamic visualization of data and results, and new ways to conduct peer reviews using online collaboration. New forms of scholarship, including creative models of publication and non-traditional scholarly products, are evolving along with the changing process. Some of these forms are very common — blogs and video clips, for instance — but academia has been slow to recognize and accept them. Proponents of these new forms argue that they serve a different purpose than traditional writing and research — a purpose that improves, rather than runs counter to, other kinds of scholarly work. Blogging scholars report that the forum for airing ideas and receiving comments from their colleagues helps them to hone their thinking and explore avenues they might otherwise have overlooked.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • There is a growing trend for libraries (working with various information professionals) to develop services and sometimes technology-equipped physical centers that can support scholars working with new media.- JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Nov 18, 2011
  • Yes, agreed. And libraries sometimes are in a place to think about this differently. For example, at Wake Forest University, tenure stream academic faculty only count traditional scholarship, but library faculty (under contracts) can include blogs, SlideShare presentations, videos, etc. - lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Nov 19, 2011
  • why give the child a special name? Methods of research, the practice of research work, the technologies in our academic business have always changed and developed together with new available methods, technic and technologies. The title New suggests there is a kind of break, historical frontier, at which something NEW comes into existence. It overlooks that there is a process and that technologies which we discuss today have a much longer development history. I think this term is superficial.- rolf.schulmeister rolf.schulmeister Nov 20, 2011
  • I respectfully disagree, for these reasons: 1) computational approaches ranging from big data sets to visualization yield new questions and new analytical approahces, 2) socially mediated online communication can preserve and share more than finished products (essays, monographs, etc.), and 3) employing rich media within traditional scholarly genres do not merely illustrate verbal content, but potentially expand our modes of knowing and understanding.

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Centers often are the locus of work in these areas. Examples are the Center for History and New Media at George Mason U. http://chnm.gmu.edu/ or the Center for Digital Scholarship at Brown U.
    http://library.brown.edu/cds/ - JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Nov 18, 2011
  • Also, Emory's Digital Scholarship Commons http://web.library.emory.edu/disc/about - lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Nov 19, 2011

  • How do we develop services so that graduate students (or undergrads) can be supported in new scholarship even if their faculty advisors are not conversant with new technologies? Information professionals, centers for digital scholarship, new media centers are potential avenues. - JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Nov 18, 2011 An important point. - gardner.campbell gardner.campbell Nov 20, 2011
  • Also campuses are trying to determine where to put these centers. Are they part of the library? Research centers? Stand alone centers with collaboration from library, faculty, and IT? etc - lauren.pressley lauren.pressley Nov 19, 2011

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • This is a great path to increase student engagement in a subject - developing new, creative projects and/or working as a partner with faculty on their scholarship. These kinds of projects require collaboration, which is new to most areas of the humanities. In the past, students doing undergraduate research in the sciences worked directly on a faculty member's research, but in the humanities the students worked on their own. Now they can be part of major, collaboartive projects in digital humanities.- JoanLippincott JoanLippincott Nov 18, 2011
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?