The Intersection of Digital Technology and Scholarship Part 4

The promotion and tenure process (henceforth referred to as P&T) is the core of our advancement within academia.  But, changing the process is slow.  Incorporating “new” methods of delivering scholarship into P&T documents can be an agonizing chore.  One unnamed department just recently started to include video as a recognized scholarship output.  Video.  If video takes decades to get included, how long will it take for things in the oncoming avalanche of technology to get recognized?

Problem: Research is …

The Intersection of Digital Technology and Scholarship Part 1

In order to begin a meaningful discussion on digital scholarship, it must be defined.  I prefer this definition: “Digital scholarship is the use of computer or electronic technology for intellectual work that is created, synthesized, applied, and communicated AND is validated by one’s peers.”  The last part of that sentence is key for those of us in academia.  Peer-review is the building block upon which our careers are constructed.  Of course it is a flawed system as it currently exists, …