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Josie Fraser

These are all good - but maybe outputs of digital literacy rather than types of digital literacies? For me, digital literacy is fundamentally about competencies. These are to do with being able to evaluate new technologies, understand the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, & be able to manage data effectively - in terms of audience & confidence of course, but also in terms of security, innovation, personal safety, legal and technical issues etc.


Hi Josie, yes you're right. I didn't mean to say they _were_ digital literacies but rather they are issues that digital literacies bring to light. Actually the VC wanted stuff on digital scholarship, so perhaps that was a better title - these are things the digital scholar needs to bear in mind.

Josie Fraser

Digital scholarship - is much clearer :) issues of legitimacy are probably key, also models of 'origional' research vs. how ideas develop across distributed networks. Might be interesting to look at how informal networks develop alternative measures of legitimacy too? Might be more relevant to 'the new metric' than technorati rankings or A lister discussions.

Jon Mott

To your last point RE openness, I think there's a significant *cultural* difference between traditioanl scholarship and digital scholarship. In the digital publishing world, there's a much greater emphasis on open access and shareability of data, both ideas which are much more consistent with the academic research tradition. Much of the proprietary mindset in traditional scholarship comes from journal publishers, not from the scholars themselves. Remove traditional publishers from the equation and things get much more open.

Brian Lamb

I don't disagree with Jon's assertions that the current state of periodical publishing is a barrier to moving toward open access, but a similar mindset prevails with sharing teaching and learning materials in which publishers have little interest. So often when I'm meeting with instructors who want to use blogs, wikis, or other online tools, one of the first questions I get is "can we make this private?" The default mentality is to hide... I agree, Martin, when you've spent time working in the digital realm the risks and rewards one experiences tends to push one toward sharing and openness... but that's one of those "you gotta experience it to believe it" sensations.

Fantastic post.

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