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EGENIS seminar series: "Open Knowledge Institutions: Is there a future for the university in a networked world?" Prof Cameron Neylon (Curtin University)

Egenis seminar series

An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences seminar
Date13 January 2020
Time15:30 to 17:00
PlaceByrne House

From the inside it feels as though universities are under threat. Trust in expertise and support from governments seems to be ebbing, at the same time as massive tech giants pose an apparent threat to our core business of disseminating curated knowledge to students and sites of innovation. Yet universities are amongst the oldest surviving institutions in western society, predating the nation state, the corporation, and modern government. They have weathered massive societal change in the past. Are they well placed to do so through the crises of today? And are the tools available to university leaders fit for purpose, or even actively dangerous to the future of our institutions? What could a university be in the 21st century?

The Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI) draws on tools and concepts from social knowledge theory, communication studies, political economy, network theory, data science, and business strategy with the goal of providing universities with a credible answers to these questions. Our goal is to change the stories that universities tell about themselves, placing open knowledge practices at the heart of those narratives. We re-imagine the university as an “Open Knowledge Institution” – a set of platforms that support the negotiation of knowledge claims amongst diverse communities – and then work to provide a set of pragmatic tools and systems that are useful for university communities and leadership in navigating towards that ideal.


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