Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Ivory Tower and the Open Web

Dan Cohen will share insights from his new book The Ivory Tower and the Open Web. The Web is now over twenty years old, and there is no doubt that the academy has taken advantage of its tremendous potential for disseminating resources and scholarship. But a full accounting of the academic approach to the Web shows that compared to the innovative vernacular forms that have flourished over the past two decades, we have been relatively meek in our use of the medium, often preferring to impose traditional ivory tower genres on the Web rather than import the open web's most successful models. For instance, we would rather digitize the journal we know than explore how blogs and social media might supplement or change our scholarly research and communication. In this talk, Dan explores what might happen if we reversed that flow and more wholeheartedly embraced the genres of the open Web.

Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:30 to 11:30 am, Class of '55 Conference Room, Van Pelt Library, 2nd Floor

Virtual Presentation: A live web broadcast will be shown here in the lab with twitter hashtag #dancohen for Q&A. The video recording will be posted on the WIC website after the event.

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