May 20, 2022

Conference Report: “Transforming Opportunities in Scholarly Discourse” (JISC and CNI Event)

The Transforming Opportunities in Scholarly Discourse conference took place in Birmingham, UK on July 5-6, 2012.

It was co-sponsored by JISC and CNI.

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From the Foreword By Clifford Lynch:

Traditional methods of scholarly communication are changing – and they are changing swiftly and dramatically. Traditional measures of impact are no longer capturing the whole picture. Innovative researchers using new forms of scholarly communications risk not receiving recognition and reward for their work. The way we analyse scholarly activity and research is inevitably going to have to change to respond to the technological and cultural revolution under way. Institutions that fail now to respond and adapt to the transformations taking place in scholarly communications risk their research reputation in the future.


Earlier this year, Jisc and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) gathered thought leaders from the United States and Europe at a horizon-scanning event to explore how institutions need to respond to the changes in scholarly communications, and to discuss how institutions can build reputation and recognise research quality in this new environment.

Over an intense two days, experts from both sides of the Atlantic debated and discussed the evolution of scholarly research, behaviour and outputs. They envisioned the future – one in which scholarly discourse recognises the opportunities that digital technologies can bring, in which research outputs evolve into complex but seamless sources of methods, data and narrative, and in which the importance for innovation comes to the fore through barrier-free access to research for small and medium-sized companies.

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Table: Barriers and Opportunities in Scholarly Discourse

Source: Transforming opportunities in scholarly discourse: Workshop report: JISC/CNI, Birmingham, UK – 5/6 July 2012

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