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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Scholarly society often derive much of their income from pulishing and have often sided with commercial publishers against scholarship, writes Björn Brembs. But "there is a reason these organisations were called 'societies' before they became publishers." It's in the name: "supporting scholars in making connections to like-minded individuals, exchanging ideas and promoting their respective fields of scholarly interest – in short 'socialising'." We're a long way from those days. But maybe a return is possible: "where scholarly societies have seriously engaged with social technologies, they are using them not just for broadcasting, but for scholarly exchange and to facilitate social interactions, such as debate, discussion and critique among all persons interested in their research, not just their members."

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