Professor Leslie Carr
I am a Professor of Web Science in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science. I am also a Director of the Web Science institute and Director of the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training. My research on Open Access and Open Data led to the establishment of EPrints, offering Open Access publication and data services, training and support to the research industry.
Since the 1980's I have experimented with multimedia information systems, novel ways of constructing hypertexts, digital libraries and knowledge management systems. As a practical application of these ideas (time to change the world instead of just thinking deep thoughts), I am working with Open Access and Digital Repositories. My goal is to encourage researchers and scientists to become responsible curators of their own intellectual assets, and to build the information environments that enable that goal and also that take advantage of it (repositories, literature analysis services, community maps, new idea trackers).
I'm fascinated by the way that humans can take advantage of new information sources (like Google or the Semantic Web) and whether these things can help to make us genuinely smarter. Can the Web act as a cognitive extension to our own brains? Can Google make someone behave like an expert? And if so, can we change the way that we teach children or undergraduates ?