MBMH Seminar

Research in 2020 Group 3 by D. Grainger Wedaman
March 8, 2010, 4:15 pm
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Doomsday or Utopia?

Research for undergraduates?  Or for faculty/graduates?  Distinctions not clear.


Much more good info, but more crap, more amusing themselves, realize the need to discern the valuable stuff from the crap.

Caches of stuff not on line will gain in value/importance.


Onus on us to help students understand the wealth of information.

Value of accessing hard copy/originals/experiencing the “real.”

Literacy instruction will/needs to be shifted “down” into pre-college, primary education.

“We” are left with being specialized resources and offering remedial resources.

College/University academic support shift into higher levels of discernment and support.


More opportunity for people to share and manipulate their own information.

While the computer distinguishes differences the user is left to make meaning of this.

Need for people who understand data, metadata,  the structure of information, and the tools that allow analysis.

Open access and creative commons copyright…publishing happens locally through repositories, refereeing moved to post-publication, there might be multiple refereeing groups representing different wings within the discipline.  Possible to also have broader commentary.  This may open spaces for greater inter-disciplinary collaboration.

Indexing allow greater integration with less human input.

Standards will be more important to better permit cross-searching.  (Tension between associations and others who define these standards.)


How do we balance willingness to take risks (depending on new publishing spaces for instance) with leading such changes.


Tiers of approval…Kuhn’s normal/revolutionary science.  How do we create spaces where both can happen?

How does this impact “our” work?


Develop ability to analyze non-textual sources critically.


Will the Instructional Technologists’ job still here?  Or is it sped up commoditized/moved off site?


How do we support open source?  We will still need to mediate between the users and the hosts of the open source tools off site.


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