Posts Tagged ‘digital’

Digital Scholarship

According to Boyer, scholarship is the generating and acquiring of knowledge through research or teaching and involves four functions: discovery, integration, application and teaching (Veletsianos, 2012). Unsworth describes the basic functions of scholarship as discovering, annotating, comparing, referring, sampling, illustrating and representing (Weller, 2011). These activities can be carried out in a traditional analogue manner or enacted using digital tools and workflows. Contemporary scholars are using technology, to varying degrees, to undertake the scholarship activities that Boyer describes.

When I included this paragraph in my digital scholarship interpretive discussion paper it prompted me to reflect on my own digital practices. How have I enacted these functions in my own scholarly activities at CSU over the past three years?

Discovery:

  • Use CSU online library catalogue to search and discover online books and journals
  • Use Google Scholar to search and discover online resources
  • Use search engines, RSS and social media to discover resources
  • received guidance/mentoring by academic subject coordinators

Integration:

Application:

  • Blogging
  • Forum discussions on Interact2 learning management system (LMS)
  • Online collaborative meetings with Blackboard
  • Twitter – chats, personal learning network (PLN) and discovery
  • Curation – Pearltrees, and Diigo
  • CSURU online global collaborative activity
  • Cultivation of my digital identity

Teaching:

  • Produced a learning module (collaboratively) for teacher professional development
  • utilised a variety of open resources developed by other educators

My studies at CSU have contributed greatly to me being an open, digital and networked scholar (Weller, 2011). Before my studies, as a teacher librarian, I was already sharing openly online (mainly in the area of curation) and had begun to develop a personal learning network (PLN) but I have been exposed to so many more possibilities in the last three years.

Is your experience similar or different to mine? What tools would be in your digital scholarship toolkit?

My digital Scholarship Toolkit  
https://www.symbaloo.com/mix/digitalscholarship

References

Veletsianos, G., & Kimmons, R. (2012). Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship. 2012, 13(4), 24. doi:10.19173/irrodl.v13i4.1313

Weller, M. (2011). The digital scholar. [Kindle version]. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com.au

The Digital Dark Age

Photography is important to me and it is an area very susceptible to the digital dark age. I enjoy the process of taking photographs, digitally processing them and sharing them. I am paranoid about losing my digital files and have multiple back ups stored in different locations and still print many of my photographs as small prints or make photo books. I believe it is important to format shift. I have seen cassettes, videotapes, videodisks and floppy disks all become obsolete. CDs and DVDs seem to be nearing the end too, so I am using external hard drives now. The article did remind me to consider the issue of the loss of software to read files. It would be terrible to have all your files or digital negatives saved but have no means of making them into actual photographs.

It is wonderful that galleries, libraries and museums are digitising their analog collections. I can visit the National Archives of Australia online and see copies of my grandfather’s wartime documents. On a smaller scale I have scanned some of my parent’s slides but it is a very slow process.

While exploring Trove I found in the Pandora Archive copies of a website I maintained for my camera club ten years ago. It is the camera club’s 50th anniversary this year so a look back at our first website will be of interest to our newer members.
5211889689_16e6f171f8_m creative commons licensed (BY-NC) flickr photo by César.Gutiérrez: http://flickr.com/photos/lasfotosdelcarajoese/5211889689%5B/caption%5D