Inverting the Scholarly System: Community Ownership, Governance and Transparency for how we measure Contribution and Participation

Dr Richard Hosking1

1Curtin University, Perth, Australia


Despite a vast quantity of work, and the development of entire disciplines devoted to measuring scholarship and its dissemination, we remain fundamentally unable to ask basic questions about it. At the core of this is a lack of detailed examination of the effectiveness of communication and community building in favour of a narrow observation of countable signals.

The Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI) team is developing a broad program of work on the theme of ‘Open Knowledge Institutions’. The goal of our project is to develop tools and data to enable universities to understand how effectively they are operating as open knowledge institutions, enabling strategic change in higher education and research.

To date we have collected a multi-trillion point dataset, which is updated daily and has a global reach. Within these hundreds of terabyte of data we cover traditional research outputs, their linkages, institutional websites, social media, library feeds and crucially, information on the diversity of who is making this knowledge.

This talk is also an invitation to discuss the potential of a community owned and governed resource, both in the support of policy-ready tools and datasets and to also enable cutting edge research on the practice of research into the future.


Richard is the Lead Data Scientist for the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative, with one foot in the Curtin Institute for Computation and the other in the Centre for Culture and Technology. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Auckland and has worked across both Academia and Industry building data intensive and machine learning systems.


AeRO is the industry association focused on eResearch in Australasia. We play a critical coordination role for our members, who are actively transforming research via Information Technology. Organisations join AeRO to advance their own capabilities and services, to collaborate and to network with peers. AeRO believes researchers and the sector significantly benefit from greater communication, coordination and sharing among the increasingly different and evolving service providers.