As almost everyone by now is aware, the twenty-first century is the age of data—big, plentiful, and full of threat and promise.
John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He began his career as a school teacher in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, before going on to complete degrees in English, Education Theory, and the Sociology of Education. Among his eleven books are Empire of Words: the Reign of the OED (Princeton University Press, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (University of Minnesota Press, 1998), and Technologies of Knowing (Beacon Press, 2000), while his most recent book, The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006) has won two outstanding book awards. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Education (U.S), Willinsky also directs the Public Knowledge Project. He is currently completing a book on the pre-history of the intellectual properties of learning (from Saint Jerome to John Locke), as well as assisting in the ongoing redesign and reengineering of his project’s publishing software to foster a greater global and public exchange of research and scholarship.
Welcome to Parameters, an online forum from the Council's Digital Culture program meant to address a complex, persistent question at the heart of social science research: how does (and, ultimately, should) the production and distribution of knowledge change under digital conditions?