Does Digital Scholarship Have a Future? (EDUCAUSE Review Online)

In the essay linked above, Edward Ayres, president of the University of Richmond, looks at the history of digital scholarship efforts, the challenges they face in the present, and their potential for future impact in the academy and elsewhere. It’s lengthy, but well worth reading if you’re interested in the ways digital technology is changing ¬†scholarship. A very brief excerpt:

“By radically extending the audience for a work of scholarship, by reaching students of many ages and backgrounds, by building the identity of the host institution, by attracting and keeping excellent faculty and students, by creating bonds between faculty and the library, and by advancing knowledge across many otherwise disparate disciplines, innovative digital scholarship makes sense. It can pay some of the democratizing dividends claimed for MOOCs at the same time that it can strengthen the time-proven culture of knowledge creation. Digital scholarship is the missing part of the cycle of productivity that we have long believed our investments in information technology would bring to institutions of higher education.”