University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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The Open Agenda: Access,Publishing and Science

Abstract: There has been a long established and traditional mechanism for the production and development of knowledge within the academic sphere. The affordances of digital delivery and of global connectivity are changing these mechanisms, particularly with the moves towards openness and accessibility for all.  What are these new models and how might they impact on knowledge production? This talk looks at what has become known as the Open Agenda with a focus on Open Access, Open Education, Open Publishing, and Open Science.  What benefits and what difficulties do we encounter along this new pathway? To what extent do these changes mirror rather than depart from the earlier established processes?

Speaker: Mahony Simon

Bio: Simon Mahony is Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Principal Teaching Fellow in Digital Humanities at the Department of Information Studies, University College London (UCL). He has been instrumental in the establishment and development of the highly successful and innovative graduate programme in Digital Humanities at UCL, working as Programme Director from its launch in 2011 until taking over as Centre Director in 2017. He has lectured extensively and published widely on education and pedagogy in the developing field of Digital Humanities. His other research interests are in the application of new technologies to the study of the ancient world, using new web-based mechanisms and digital resources to build and sustain learning communities, collaborative and innovative working. He is also active in the field of distance learning and is a member of the University of London Centre for Distance Education with an interest in the development of educational practice and the use of new tools to facilitate this. He is a member of the UCL Student Recruitment Interest Group and recipient of support from UC Global Engagement Fund which has enabled his networking with Digital Humanities research centres and groups in several Chinese institutions. He is chair of the New UCL Open Education Special Interest Group, on the Project Management Team and a member of the Project Board for the UCL Open Educational Resources (OER) Repository. In addition, he is an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Classical Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London) and one of the founding editors of the Digital Classicist.

Venue & Date: TBC, 4:00-5:30pm