public knowledge project

The Public Knowledge Project

The Public Knowledge Project, dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research and operating through a partnership among the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at SFU, and the School of Education at Stanford University. The Project is an active player in the open access movement, as it provides the leading open source software for journal and conference management and publishing. It is currently used by almost 3000 journals world-wide; the partial listing those who have indicated an interest in being listed illustrates the diversity of journals using the system. As information about the Project states: “The research and software development of the Public Knowledge Project speaks to the urgent need for a greater understanding of these new technologies’ potential contribution to knowledge’s public sphere, even as scholarly organizations and publishers increasingly turn to the web. While its work is focused on improving the scholarly quality of publishing processes, it also seeks to expand the realm of public education by improving social science’s contribution to public knowledge, in the belief that such a contribution is critical to academic freedom, the public use of reason, and deliberative forms of democracy.” In addition to the search and browse features noted, to the right of any article, there are additionally a collection of 22 reading tools including author information and a term look-up that can access at a click any or all of the following: Google, the Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences, OneLook Dictionaries, Merriam-Webster, the Wikipedia, and/or Infoplease.com.  Among the other tools that are available though not currently used by JoCI are:  author’s other work, related studies, book reviews, surveys, databases, relevant portals, and online forums.  PKP/OJS is itself one of the more remarkable and notable projects that live at the intersection of technology and democracy.

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