Implementing New Knowledge Environments refers to Addressing key ideas - from policy to partnerships - necessary to support scholarship in Canada. Each is discussed below.
How scholars produce knowledge is transforming. Instead of paper we now see Multimedia "publications", research data transformed into databases or visualized / mapped, (etc). Similarly scholars have never had so many opportunities to collaborate with fellow academics due to web 2.0 technologies and collabative projects that allow researchers in a field to access remote findings (e.g. CERN Collider). These new means of producing knowledge are:
Digital Rearch Environments are increasingly prevalent among all areas of research including the Humanities and Fine Arts. In order to aid these endeavors in Canada, it is important that there is a Canadian Digital Research Environment that:
Institutionally and regionally (e.g. Scholars Portal), support for digital scholarship is emerging; however there is a need to make support available on a national level for scholars across institutions.
Services and technological support are inevitably part of this national service. Also important is:
Several organizations are in various stages of creating some of the services and infrastructure needed for National Research Support Services: