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    Information Futures Commission: final report of the Steering Committee, July 2008
    O'BRIEN, LINDA ; BRODSKY, MARK ; Ruwoldt, Margaret L. ; Newton, Sally ; GILBERT, LYNDA (The University of Melbourne, 2008)
    The Information Futures Commission was formed to explore how the scholarly information landscape is changing, understand what those changes mean for scholarly communication practices and make recommendations about how the University of Melbourne might respond. This report describes the Commission's extensive consultation process. We begin by briefly describing the environment in which we operate. We follow with a summary of what we have learned from our community and from assessments of the world in which we operate and our place within that world. We provide an analysis of the key points of agreement and, more importantly, the strategic questions and difficult choices that emerged from the consultation process. These are the matters where trade-offs must be made, where challenging decisions must be taken. We conclude with a set of principles derived from our understanding of the environment in which we operate. These principles have been applied in the development of the proposed strategy, providing the foundation for the choices we are about to make.
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    Melbourne's scholarly information future: a ten-year strategy, July 2008
    O'BRIEN, LINDA ; BRODSKY, MARK ; Ruwoldt, Margaret L. (The University of Melbourne, 2008)
    Universities adjust to their times, yet celebrate continuity. Since its inception in 1853 the University of Melbourne has undergone profound changes in its physical, intellectual and cultural landscapes. Yet core values remain unchanged, such as the belief that universities matter, and the understanding that a great university is founded on the strength and vigour of its scholarly community. Based on extensive analysis and consultation, this Scholarly Information Future Strategy will enhance the ability of our scholars to advance knowledge through creating, synthesising, contributing and accessing scholarly works.
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    Scholarly information in a digital age: choices for the University of Melbourne
    O'BRIEN, LINDA ; BRODSKY, MARK ; RUWOLDT, MARGARET ; Newton, Sally ( 2008-02)
    Melbourne University’s future is defined through the metaphor of the triple helix: a public-spirited institution defined by tightly-bound strands of research, internationally recognised teaching and continuous knowledge transfer, each reinforcing the other. Binding these strands is the process of scholarly communication: the creation, evaluation, synthesis and dissemination of knowledge through scholarly information and technologies. How should we develop our scholarly information and technologies, services and infrastructure to achieve our research, learning, teaching and knowledge transfer aspirations over the next decade? This consultation paper aims to stimulate a vigorous conversation among members of the University community and with relevant external stakeholders. In the paper, we consider how changes in society and technology, changes in scholarly practice, and the public mission of universities influence the place and use of scholarly information. We outline the history and current state of scholarly information at the University of Melbourne, and examines how other institutions compare and the changes they are undertaking. Finally, we examine the University's aspirations and the questions they raise for the future of our scholarly information, infrastructures and spaces.
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    Publishing Online: does it make a difference? E-print repositories, web pages and expertise profile
    O'Brien, Linda ; MCLAURIN SMITH, NICKI ( 2006-06)
    Powerpoint covers Open Access, online repositories, research impact benefits, what the repository contains, importance of statistics, and the Themis researcher profile.