Presentation on theme: "Supporting the development agenda: research information for policy-makers and a non-academic audience BioMed Central Open Access Africa 2012 Conference,"— Presentation transcript:
Supporting the development agenda: research information for policy-makers and a non-academic audience BioMed Central Open Access Africa 2012 Conference, Cape Town, 4 November Michelle Willmers CC-BY-SA
- Conducting research, developing ideas and informal communications. -Preparing, shaping and communicating what will become formal research outputs. -Disseminating formal outputs. -Managing personal careers, and research teams and programmes. -Communicating scholarly ideas to broader communities. (Thorin, 2003) Towards a definition of Scholarly Communication that suits the African context > We like this definition because it speaks to ideas and processes, a broad range of outputs (formal and informal) and addresses both relevance and prestige.
Values Impact Mission What is the relationship between scholarly communication and impact in a developmental context? Our results indicate that the notion of scientific impact is a multi-dimensional construct that cannot be adequately measured by any single indicator, although some measures are more suitable than others. (Bollen et al. 2009)
-Knowledge production (e.g. peer-reviewed papers) -Research capacity building (postgraduate training and career development) -Policy or product development (incl. input into official guidelines or protocols) -Sector benefits (impacts on scientific client groups) -Societal benefits (economic > health > productivity > innovation) What kinds of impact should we expect from research? (Davies et al. 2005)
In the drive for research to address development we are exchanging new and interesting forms of scholarship with new and interesting consituencies (who are often not interested in journal articles)
The open science model becomes more compelling in trying to address development Publishing systems that run as application servers. (DeWaard & Martone 2012)
Think tanks and research units responding to issues on the ground through a range of approaches using a wide range of new tools and platforms > Communication is at the centre of this endeavor A think tank does not produce knowledge for the pleasure of it, but to modify reality and impact on it. With this objective, not investing in communication is a contradiction. Laura Zommer (Cippec, Argentina)
Workshops and training Seminars (and participation in seminars) Webinars Public Events (debates and presentations) Public Event Series Private meetings with key stakeholders Op-eds Press release Media Q&As Media Awards Media training Media partnerships/ subcontracts for features and analysis Media face-to- face briefings Emailed newsletter Website Blog Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Youtube channel for videos and MOOCs Ustream forwebstreaming Flickr or Picassa ITunes for podcasts Scribd for documents Google Drive or Dropbox for intranet and sharing documents SurveyMonkey Eventbrite Wikipedia Data visualisation Academic journal Academic paper Semi-academic magazine Working Paper (series) Research Report Background Note (on a policy issue or methodology) Project Briefing Policy Brief Draft legislation Opinion Workshop or Event Report Reading list, Annotated Bibliography or Literature Review PublicationsOnline/DigitalMediaEvents
And new challenges 1.Addressing transformation of reward and incentive systems > building a new policy environment 2.Addressing content management and curation systems for alternative forms of content (most systems and processes set up for journal curation/exchange) 3.Exploring new forms of quality assurance and peer review 4.Making publishers of institutions, research units and think tanks > cohesive strategic approach
References Bollen J, Van De Sompel H, Hagberg A & Chute R (2009) A principle component analysis of 39 scientific impact measures. PLOSone 4(6): e6022. DOI: 10.371/journal.pone.0006022. Available at http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0006022 Davies H, Nutley S & Walter I (2005) Approaches to assessing the non-academic impact of social science research. Report of the ESRC Symposium on assessing the non-academic impact of research, 12-13 May 2005 DeWaard A & Martone ME (2012) Force II: The Future of Research Communications and eScholarship. NCBO webinar. Available at http://www.slideshare.net/anitawaard/ncbo-webinar-force11http://www.slideshare.net/anitawaard/ncbo-webinar-force11 Herb U (2010) Alternative Impact Measures for Open Access Documents? An examination of how to generate interoperable usage information from distributed open access services. Proceedings from World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 10-15 August 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden Thorin SE (2003) Global changes in scholarly communication. In SC Hsianghoo, PWT Poon and C McNaught (eds) eLearning and Digital Publishing. Dordrecht: Springer. Available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/w873x131171x2421 http://www.springerlink.com/content/w873x131171x2421
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