The structure of this book: essentially about three things: how the adoption of new technology is changing scholarly practice, how it could change practice and what questions does this raise for all academics? This book has four main sections that seek to address these issues. Possible similarities with higher education are examined and, significantly, the key differences are highlighted. Traditionally we have tended to think of scholars as being academics, usually employed by universities. This is the main focus of this book; it is the changes to university and higher education practice that will form the main discussion and research. However, digital scholarship broadens this focus somewhat, since in a digital, networked, open world people become less defined by the institution to which they belong and more by the network and online identity they establish. Thus a well-respected digital scholar may well be someone who has no institutional affiliation. The democratisation of the online space opens up scholarship to a wider group, just as it opens up subjects that people can study beyond the curriculum defined by universities.
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