Research online: why universities need to be knowledge brokers | Law

Research online: why universities need to be knowledge brokers

Professor Justin O'Brien writes in The Conversation (17 October 2012).

It is clear that the mass of priceless research carried out by universities needs to find its way to the public and to policy makers. The issue is how to get it there.

On the face of it the internet provides the obvious solution and it is logical that universities go online to share their research.

The benefits can be enormous.

The disintegration of media financing models and the threatened implosion of much of the mainstream media adds a sense of urgency to a recalibration of academic research. The provision of high-quality research that simultaneously informs and influences the trajectory of increasingly polarised, partisan debate has become an imperative not least because the online environment privileges free comment over rigorous analysis – now often hidden behind paywalls.

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