Plenary: Changing Systems of Scholarly Communication

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SPEAKER: Joel Hartman, Vice provost of IT at Central Florida University, CIO (Chief Info officer)


The alter of the great information god--Google

We need to learn what our students are doing to find information: “Publishers are responsible to respond to the needs of the net generation. It’s a moral responsibility as we rely on them, and they rely on us.”

  • Florida Digital Divide

Joel, self-proclaimed "recovering technologist"

"Millenials" or "Gen-Why" -- youth growing up in the info age

Bergens in Switzerland developed URLS & HTML from SGML, a language of publishing before XML, back in the 60s.

  • Read 1995 -- "Being Digital " by former MIT Lab Director

Digital Convergence

1) All media are moving to digital production and distribution

Photographic film: "dyes on plastic"; printed text: "ink on dead trees"

2) Scholarly communication

  • Folksonomies

- CiteULike - Connotea


The Internet rearranges and allows for the removal of some entities of the supply chain (author, editor, production, warehouse). Folks like Dell were able to eliminate major costly entities.


New entities enter the supply chain (ex: Amazon, eBay, Travelocity)

DRM: Digital Rights Management

Sony hid software in their CDs that embedded itself in customers’ root files and compromised consumers’ computers.

Music industry continues to defend its old business model but it reluctantly participates (less reluctant now!) in online search & download sites like iTunes

The Net Generation (1981 – 94)

They are soon going to be faculty and Dean of Libraries and your authors, so it's important to think about how they interact with information and how they already publish

Technology has always begun at the institutional level, although it's converged now and we use it for personal use

  • Look up Mark Prensky online--he coined digital natives and digital immigrants
  • Check out EDUCAUSE: studies how students use computers and access information online

Vgames is an $11 billion industry that has surpassed box office revenue

  • EDUCAUSE has books online, (i.e.: Educating the Net Generation), also published studies on student tech use

Check out:

• • Millenials Rising:

The book may not be the requirement to becoming tenured faculty, and u presses are publishing less first time authors

Joel's Suggestions to U Presses

- make scholarly publishing pay more and develop more revenue

- diversify

- decrease costs

- explore digital technology

- experiment with new avenues/means of production and distribution (e-Books)

  • read Innovators Dilemma
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