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Canadian Research Strategy for Knowledge Dissemination  Peter Suber
 Jun 18, 2003 06:12 PDT 

For your information; please excuse any duplication.

HALIFAX, June 17, 2003-Towards a Canadian Research Strategy for Knowledge

A group of researchers from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries,
l'Université de Montréal, and the University of Western Ontario are
launching a two-year study of knowledge dissemination in Canada. Using an
innovative methodology, the investigators, William F. Birdsall, Jean-Claude
Guédon, and Robert E. Babe, along with a team of collaborators and
partners, will examine the current system for disseminating research
knowledge and identify whether Canada needs a national research strategy in
this area.

Knowledge gained through scholarly research contributes to economic,
social, and cultural well-being. However, this research has little value if
it is not shared and disseminated widely. Currently, the Canadian system
for disseminating research knowledge is being challenged on several fronts,
by new technology, globalization, and changing research patterns. Canada's
response to these drivers will determine its ability to make use of
research knowledge and remain competitive on the international scene. This
study will identify critical areas within the Canadian scholarly
communication system that must be addressed and propose a comprehensive
research strategy for knowledge dissemination in Canada.

Participation by Canadian researchers, the users and creators of knowledge,
is a crucial aspect of this study. Investigators will employ a web-based
consensus process to collect the input of Canadian researchers and the
larger stakeholder community.

The study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.   Members of the Canada
Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, the Canadian National
Site Licensing Project, Dalhousie University, and the National Library of
Canada are collaborating in the study.

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For more details, visit the project website at www.kdstudy.ca or contact
the Principal Investigator:

William F. Birdsall
Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Tel: (902) 835-2821
Email: billbi-@accesswave.ca

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