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Knowledge Sharing and Management in Open Access e-Resources & Communities

Qiping Zhang, Thomas Krichel, Cheryl Knott Malone, Heather D. Pfeiffer and Sarah Shreeves

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


An open access community is a digital repository or an online community where scientific information and communication are free to the public through computing technologies (Hanauske, M., et al 2007; Hubbard, C., et al, 2005). Open access community provides a new way for knowledge sharing and knowledge management. It takes advantage of collective expertise by providing a repository for research papers and research data that are scattered or take a long time to be published. In this panel, we will discuss experiences and challenges people face in various open access communities. Particularly, we will discuss issues like:

• How did each community or repository achieve the functions of “organize” and “share” among people having a common interest in the community?

• How long did it take to launch and establish an open-access community?

• What impact of such an open-access community / repository has on people’s interaction with information? Impact on fee-based digital libraries or traditional libraries?

• What the tradeoffs are between opened vs. controlled?

• How did they address the privacy issue?

• How well is current open access community/ repository meeting human needs, and what should future technology research and development involve to better meet user needs?

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