Know it Wall

About this idea

KNOW IT WALL IS A PLACE FOR ACADEMICS TO POPULARISE THEIR RESEARCH 

It is estimated that over a million academic papers are published each year and there are countless more university lectures. Who is accessing this knowledge? Academics within the same disciplines and their students. Why should it only be them? We couldn't think of a good reason either! Our aim is to take the research that is going on at top universities and present it to the general public in an accessible and engaging manner. To that end, we have founded knowitwall.com, a website where we release audio-documentaries written by academics across all disciplines, from arts and sciences.

WHAT PROBLEM ARE WE SOLVING?

Know it Wall solves two problems.

For academics: the problem of public engagement. How can they get their research ‘out there’ and understood so that it can have an impact amongst the general public? After all, most academic research is undertaken with public money.

For the general public: the problem of accessing the latest research. How can they understand and enjoy research and knowledge from top academics when it is only available in closed off journals and lecture halls?

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Academics send us a script around 1000 words long and we make sure it is delivered in a language that is accessible for the general public. We then turn their script into an audio-documentary, and release both the audio-documentary and the script on our website as well as on iTunes, Soundcloud and Medium.

WHAT DO WE NEED YOU FOR?

At the moment, Know it Wall works with text and audio, but we are currently branching out into video. We think videos are an important part of public engagement in the internet world. An investment would really start this process off.

Know it Wall also aims to become a content aggregation website. We want to have useful links, or ‘annotated’ recommendations, throughout our texts to relevant articles that help expand on a concept or as an interesting aside. We call these annotations ‘know-its’. Once we have started this process, the general public will be able to add their own know-its to articles that they have some further insight on, and other people will be able to enjoy those insights. Over time this will give people a top-level view of the links between topics and disciplines, allowing a visual wall of knowledge to emerge. We need help implementing this concept by working with developers who have expertise in data visualisation. Mentorship in this regard would really get us one step closer to achieving the dream of becoming the go-to place for public engagement across all academic disciplines.

knowitwall.com | By world-class researchers in arts & sciences. For inquisitive minds