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Friday, November 4 • 10:55am - 11:20am
'All the words of wisdom sound the same' - open research in a closed world

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The practice of citation started as a way of indicating whose shoulders we stood on - it now means big money as researchers use citation, journal impact and other "use measures" to land grants and jobs. The "open scholarly graph" is how we could describe the ideal situation where citations, the papers they referred to and other resources (such as datasets) are all open. In reality these relationships are owned and defined by a small number of commercial academic publishers, using opaque algorithms and often-incorrect data.

In this session I will attempt to explain the strange world of scholarly metrics, with reference (no pun intended) to legendary sources and citation from the world of research into open education. And I will touch on the strange and complex nature of "the citation" as artifact, relationship and metaphor, before offering some small steps towards a solution.

How good an academic are you? And is there any way we can tell other than by reading your work for ourselves?

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David Kernohan

The Followers of the Apocalypse

Friday November 4, 2016 10:55am - 11:20am EDT