Supporting the Reading of Research in Online Settings

Public Knowledge Project – PKP – is experimenting with ways to improve the online reading environment for research and scholarship for a wide range of readers through the use of “reading tools,” which connect what’s being read to related research, media reports, and government materials, providing a context for critical engagement, with studies underway involving policymakers, humanities scholars, high school teachers, college students, and members of the public.

A good deal of the emerging research literature concerned with online information resources focuses on information retrieval, which is concerned with user strategies with search engines to locate desired information. This study takes up the question of what happens once readers find what they imagine they have been looking for when the subject of their search has been the research literature. It will investigate how journal websites can be designed to better support the reading of research in online settings for a wider range of readers than has traditionally been the case with research.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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