“The research enterprise…

“The research enterprise of a leading academic institution is a complex system of human, physical and digital infrastructures that functions to support the production of new knowledge and the advancement and training of research practitioners.”

I agree with this quote overall. When I think of a leading academic institution, I think of the elite universities. Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, UCLA, etc. These universities all have some major similarities. Nationally accredited professors, advanced technology, and acclaimed research programs. These infrastructures create a foundation for the advancement of retention of information and knowledge. 

At the base of any digital or physical structures are humans. Human infrastructures include the web if authors, professors, researchers, students, programmers, web developers, software engineers, etc.

The physical infrastructure that makes up an academic institution includes all tangible things. From textbooks, to whiteboards, to research labs and equipment, even the computer we create things on. 

Digital infrastructures include the internet, more specifically, blogs such as this where people can share and discuss different topics, databases such as ctools where learning resources can be posted. Now that most resources are becoming electronic, digital infrastructures also include text books, periodicals, and research papers.

While I agree with this quote, I it could be worded better. Knowledge is defined as “the information and skills acquired though experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject; what is known in a particular field; facts and information”  The wording “to support the production of new knowledge” strikes me as  questionable because according to the definition of knowledge, it is already something that exists. Maybe the wording should say: the advancement of knowledge. This is because, we are always making advancements on the knowledge that already exists. I say questionable, rather than incorrect because there is always more to learn and discover. 

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One Response to “The research enterprise…

  1. cyberprofgus says:

    Advancement of knowledge is a very good phrase. But how do you advance without growth? And doesn’t growth involve something new?

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