Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet

UCLA Professor of Information Studies Christine Borgman provides an overview of new developments in scholarly information infrastructure, including policy issues such as open access and intellectual property, and addresses the implications of e-science for cyberlearning.

The video of it is now online.

From the description:

Today’s research and scholarship is data- and information-intensive, distributed, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. However, the scholarly practices, products, and sources of data vary widely between disciplines. Some fields are more advantaged than others by the array of content now online and by the tools and services available to make use of that content.

Self-archiving dermatology articles

Dellavalle, Robert and Banks, Marcus and Ellis, Jeffrey (2008) Self-archiving dermatology articles. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 59(6), 2008 – Discusses the merits of depositing medical journal articles in open repositories.

“… Because of the lack of familiarity, medicine has been slow to adopt new publishing models. However, now, like computer scientists and physicists who have been self-archiving articles for many years, all physicians, including dermatologists, should consider self-archiving their articles more routinely and promoting journals with permissive self-archiving policies …”

Campus Open Access Policies: The Harvard Experience and How to Get There


…Successful repositories have sufficient backing from their libraries and their university administrations to make something work. I can’t make it any simpler than that. Without that support, the best repository-rat in the world will not succeed. With it, you don’t need an Einstein….

The forum offers an exploration of the motivations behind the Harvard policy, the groundwork invested in its creation, reactions and outcomes to date, and the broader implications of this historic step. Headlining the event is Stuart M. Shieber, professor of computer science at Harvard, director of the Center for Research on Computation and Society, faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the key architect of the policy.

We have several repositories:-

  1. UM Digital Repository setup and maintained by the Library; and
  2. DSpace@UM, the University of Malaya’s institutional repository maintained by the Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology

Our friend, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Institutional Repository has been ranked 82nd in the Ranking Web of World Repositories: Top 300 Repositories. As of August 2008, UTM is the only repository from Malaysia in the ranking.