This barely qualifies as a post, but I am intrigued by how science types are disseminating their research. From what I can gather, this crowd prizes the cohesiveness of their network and relies on peer-evaluated material more than most. Also more than most, they greatly rely on their network to assess and distribute findings and research of some importance. The trust and efficacy of the group is important here.

So, I think it poses a great example of an academic community of discourse being conducted fluidly and fully online. I see general trends like this in the humanities, in education, in various fields, but working and completely scalable communities of discourse are a beauty to behold when they are running like an oiled machine. An organic, constantly evolving machine, but one nonetheless.

Curious to see what will become of this conference and hopefully some attendees can report back in. The network itself is greater than the sum of its parts.

via Academic Productivity by dario on 8/11/10

There is only a bunch of tickets left for one of the most exciting annual events in the area of ICT for science. Hosted by Mendeley, Nature and the British Library, the second edition of Science Online London (3-4 September 2010) promises to bring together hackers, academics, publishers and startups in the field of software/services for scientists to discuss “how the Web is changing the way we conduct, communicate, share, and evaluate research”. I will be attending and would love to meet other AcaProd readers there.

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By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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