The Academy is Broken Stories

Restricted access to outputs and collaboration

* Research results are often not publicly accessible even if they have been funded by the public.


* Highly relevant research materials from publicly funded archives, museums, libraries and statistical inventories are either not available in digital form or inaccessible.


* Restricted access to and delayed dissemination of scholarly results limit knowledge transfer to researchers and other members of society.


* Production of scholarly knowledge often happens in a closed system excluding expertise and experiences of scholars outside academia and other members of society. This is detrimental to research and restrains innovation.


* Due to closed modes of communication, opportunities for collaboration among various actors remain unexploited.


* Research output is often communicated in a highly abstract domain-specific language, preventing knowledge dissemination to other research fields and to other members of society.


Deficits of the Current Scholarly Communication System:


Kraker, P., Dörler, D., Ferus, A., Gutounig, R., Heigl, F., Kaier, C., … Wandl-Vogt, E. (2016, June 15). The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century. Zenodo.


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