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posted on 17.06.2010, 11:14 authored by Eddie Norman
A colleague recently forwarded this extract from PhDDesign (a Jiscmail discussion list concerning design research): Friends, Those interested in interdisciplinarity will want to read the latest issue of the Journal of Research Practice If you have not yet had a chance to browse this journal, I recommend a visit. This is a broad-ranging, international open-access journal with a rich variety of articles that shed light on many aspects of research and research practice. Highly recommended with best wishes for the New Year. Ken Friedman If you are reading this online and click on the above link, you will find a number of fascinating articles concerning ‘Crossing the Boundaries’, ‘Reframing the Structures’ and ‘Rethinking the Questions’. At the risk of stating the obvious, this is possible because the researchers have made their work available online and it is an open-access journal. If, like me, you have an instinctive attraction to the idea of open-access to research findings, then you might want to find out more about the open-access movement. The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) was funded by the Canadian Government and provides open source software for the management of open conference and journal systems developed by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Details of the project can be found at from which site the software can also be downloaded. There is a sample list of some of the over 900 journals in 10 languages that are using the open journal system software ( Clearly, I’m partly just putting the links in ‘because I can’, but there is tremendous potential for the publication of research findings in being able to connect papers to some of their sources.



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NORMAN, E.W.L., 2008. Online and connected. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, 13 (1), pp. 3-5


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