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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Canadian strategy for research and scholarly communication

William Birdsall et al., Towards an Integrated Knowledge Ecosysstem: A Canadian Research Strategy, CARL/ABRC, January 2005. The final version of a report for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries / L'Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (CARL/ABRC). From the executive summary: 'Technological advances are greatly enhancing scholars' abilities to communicate, report, review and distribute research results and are greatly increasing the accessibility of research artefacts. New communication and dissemination methods and formats that take advantage of the unique capabilities of the Web are challenging traditional methods of collecting, publishing, storing and preserving research. These methods and formats are calling into question the traditional vehicles for disseminating scholarly material. New methodologies are increasing the speed at which knowledge is produced, and they are allowing new knowledge to be produced that would not have existed without means of the technology....New priorities set by governments to improve the impact of research have resulted in greater accountability. There is a growing expectation that research results will be accessible beyond the research community to practitioners, the general public, and public policymakers, among others. The economics of scholarly publications continue to have an impact on various components of scholarly communication. Over the past two decades, there have been significant increases in the prices of research publications, most notably in science, technology and medicine....e "open access" movement, which calls for the free availability of academic research literature, was born out of discontent with rising costs and has led to the launch of open access journals and the creation of institutional repositories....Recommendation 3: The Government of Canada should move ahead as rapidly as possible with the process of formulating and implementing a national strategy of research and development on the dissemination of scholarly knowledge.' (Thanks to Heather Morrison.)