The Digital Scholar

The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice (Bloomsbury, 2011) by Professor Martin Weller (Open University) is available to read for free online. The chapter ‘Public Engagement as Collateral Damage‘ suggests that much of what is achieved through specific public engagement projects ‘can be realised by producing digital artefacts as a by-product of typical scholarly activity’. Professor Weller is the keynote at The C21 Scholar’s ‘Transforming Postgraduate Research’ event in Oxford.

While industries such as music, newspapers, film and publishing have seen radical changes in their business models and practices as a direct result of new technologies, higher education has so far resisted the wholesale changes we have seen elsewhere. However, a gradual and fundamental shift in the practice of academics is taking place. Every aspect of scholarly practice is seeing changes effected by the adoption and possibilities of new technologies. This book will explore these changes, their implications for higher education, the possibilities for new forms of scholarly practice and what lessons can be drawn from other sectors.