Where is the evidence conference broadcast on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas program

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Grey literature is the subject of an ABC Radio National Big Ideas program - Grey literature: digital scholarship or digital dust - broadcast Tuesday 26 February at 8pm and also available as a podcast.

The program presented by Paul Barclay features highlights from the Where is the evidence conference held in Canberra in October 20102.

The program features Prof Julian Thomas's keynote presentation The revolution in scholarly publishing- academia as a place of grey literature production and use. Prof Thomas is Director of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research and chief investigator on the Grey Literature Strategies project. This is followed by highlights from the final panel discussion moderated by Crikey's Bernhard Keane with discussion from panel members and members of the audience.

"It’s called grey literature because it’s typically unregulated and beyond the scrutiny and control of the peer reviewed journals or public service processes. But is grey literature credible ? Does it genuinely add to our store of knowledge?  and how much of this digital scholarship will become digital dust ?

Websites by their very nature tend to focus on the here and now with little attention given to long term access and storage. Capturing, assessing and keeping all this content is becoming a big issue for researchers, librarians and archivists."

With thanks to Ian Coombe, producer of Big Ideas for production.