Open Knowledge Exchange Systems: The Users’ Perspective

By Regina Collins, Andrew Deek and Robert S. Friedman.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The development of an Open Knowledge Exchange (OKE) system, designed to free knowledge dissemination from the bottleneck of traditional peer review methods, requires careful consideration of not only the technical capabilities such a system should provide, but also how users’ rights and privileges should be distributed amongst contributing authors, conference organizers, and registered system users/reviewers to ensure a fair and legitimate socio-technical system. A survey was developed and administered to solicit input from prospective users regarding these issues. Survey results indicated that researchers’ assumptions of what would constitute a fair system did not always agree with users’ responses, particularly in the areas of paper rating, social networking functions, and required community participation.

Keywords: Academic Knowledge Exchange, Academic Publishing, Socio-technical Systems

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.69-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 245.606KB).

Regina Collins

Graduate Research Assistant, Information Systems Department, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA

Regina Collins has extensive experience as a professional technical writer, having worked in the industry for over 20 years and recently receiving a Master of Science in professional and technical communication from New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is currently a doctoral candidate in New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Information Systems Program, working as a research assistant on a National Science Foundation grant investigating the creation and use of an Open Knowledge Exchange system.

Andrew Deek

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, USA

Andrew Deek is a second year, junior student at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is enrolled in the NJIT/New Jersey Dental School accelerated program. He aims to eventually become an orthodontist. Andrew is interested in issues that intersect science, technology, and society, with a focus on life sciences.

Dr. Robert S. Friedman

Director, Institute of Technology, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, USA

Rob Friedman is an associate professor and the director in the University of Washington’s Tacoma’s Institute of Technology, which is home to degree programs in computer science and systems, computer engineering and systems, and information technology and systems. With degrees in information systems and American literature, Rob’s research joins human-computer interaction with questions related to information ontologies and epistemologies, narrative theory and cultural studies. He is currently at work on an edited volume of essays related to literary ecology, a book about quantitative metaphors, and continues to work on the Open Knowledge Exchange system with colleagues in the US and New Zealand.

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