Digital Publishing, Ethics and Hydraulic Engineering: The Elusive or "Boring" Bore?

Chanson, Hubert (2008). Digital Publishing, Ethics and Hydraulic Engineering: The Elusive or "Boring" Bore?. In: Stefano Pagliara 2nd International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures (IJREW'08), Pisa, Italy, (3-13). 30 July-1 August 2008.

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Author Chanson, Hubert
Title of paper Digital Publishing, Ethics and Hydraulic Engineering: The Elusive or "Boring" Bore?
Conference name 2nd International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures (IJREW'08)
Conference location Pisa, Italy
Conference dates 30 July-1 August 2008
Place of Publication Pisa, Italy
Publisher Edizioni dell' Orso
Publication Year 2008
Year available 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 978-88-8492-568-8
Editor Stefano Pagliara
Start page 3
End page 13
Total pages 11
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Abstract/Summary From the "boring boar" of Astérix and Obélix, to the tidal bore of the Indus River that wiped out the fleet of Alexander the Great, the English word "bore" has been used for a broad range of meanings. Similarly, the expressions "digital information revolution" and "electronic publishing" are used broadly. Herein the impact of digital publishing is presented in the context of hydraulic engineering, research and practice, and it is compared with the impact of a tidal bore on an estuarine system. Like a tidal bore, digital publishing is advancing at a fast pace and cannot be stopped, but the advance is fascinating. It is argued that an increased number of unethical behaviours has been recently observed. While these might be linked with the development of open access tools, the open access repositories (OARs) have expanded the freely-accessible bibliographic references available by engineers and researchers. The OARs provide further genuine information on the impact of research publications with challenging outcomes. The development of research metrics is also discussed. Simplistic naive indicators used by commercial databases are inappropriate, and a series of newer weighted research metrics are presented with a focus on the individual scholarship. Digital publishing and electronic "band-aids" will never replace scholarship and critical thinking, although they constitute the new tools of professionals, researchers and academics.
Subjects 290000 Engineering and Technology
290800 Civil Engineering
290802 Water and Sanitary Engineering
290899 Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
291800 Interdisciplinary Engineering
299999 Engineering and Technology not elsewhere classified
299900 Other Engineering and Technology
289999 Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Keyword Digital publishing
Ethics
Hydraulic engineering
Bore
Tidal bores
Research quality
Research impact
Peer-reviews
Expert reviewers
Research publications
Research metrics
Individual scholarship
Critical thinking
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes The full bibliographic details are : CHANSON, H. (2008). "Digital Publishing, Ethics and Hydraulic Engineering: the Elusive or "Boring" Bore?" Proceedings of 2nd International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures (IJREW'08), 30 July-1 Aug. 2008, Pisa, Italy, S. PAGLIARA Ed., Edizioni Plus, Università di Pisa, Keynote lecture, pp. 3-13 (ISBN 978-88-8492-568-8). This contribution was an invited keynote lecture.

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Created: Thu, 06 Nov 2008, 20:13:45 EST by Hubert Chanson on behalf of School of Civil Engineering