Carnegie Professor Kenneth Prewitt associated the Future of Scholarly Knowledge project (FSK) with the Columbia Global Policy Initiative in 2013. FSK, funded by Sage Publications, is a four-year effort concerned with how research universities (about three percent of the 14,000 universities and colleges worldwide) are adjusting, in large and small matters, to four forces: globalization, digitization, commercialization, and major changes in science policy (especially in the US and Western Europe). The task involves identifying key principles—such as free inquiry and publication, intellectual integrity, policing fraud, and commitment to the public good—that are put at risk as these forces challenge traditional university practices, and then recommending strategies that will help protect those values in a changing academic world.
“Changing science policy” is a recent emphasis; it draws attention to the growing pressure by funders, governments and foundations in particular, for measurable social benefits, or what some have labeled a performance metric regime.
- Frame a science policy suitable to the changing landscape of knowledge generation and dissemination.