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Open Source Scholarship - Next Steps

Open Source Scholarship - Next Steps | Open Research & Learning |

The concept is Open Source Scholarship.

I find it challenging to figure out how to really be a practicing open source scholar. To me, Open Source Scholarship is not just about our research, but about our practice as academics–a practice of research, inquiry, teaching, learning, dis/un-covery, and engagement. Practically, politically, ethically, and socially, we face many barriers in opening up our processes as scholars.

It is[ing] a commons, while ...dismantl[ing] the histories of oppression...used to promote and the limited knowledge systems we’ve propagated. 

As a teacher, I’m limited from opening up my syllabus and course online because it is owned by my school, or owned by my department, and is therefore proprietary.
As a graduate student, if I begin to publish my half-baked ideas and thoughts as I work and invite criticism as I go, I am breaking out of standard academic norms, and am therefore “endangering my future career.”

Open Source Scholarship is a massive attitude and orientation change change for scholars. ... It is about transforming a history in academia of using secrecy, privacy, and private ownership of ideas into one of shared, participatory, co-designed and developed, public, and free work.

It is about...helping to build a commons, while simultaneously attempting to dismantle the histories of oppression that knowledge generated in universities has been used to promote and the limited knowledge systems we’ve propagated.

Open source scholarship is a radical transformation in the universities relationship with ideas, in scholars relationships with students and colleagues, in relationships with communities. It is an explosion of the concept of “inside” and “outside”, of “expert” and “lay”, of privileged knowledge and everyday knowledge.

Whether or not academics and universities want it, this is the coming world. More and more people will be empowered to use and conduct research, ....the state of knowledge will be opened up in new ways we can’t yet even predict


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 18, 2013 8:15 PM

With the pressures on higher education to deal with rising tuition, the debt load created by the ubiquitous BA, BS degree, the idea of Open Source Scholarship is radical indeed.   ~ Deb

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 22, 2013 7:43 AM

Open source scholarship

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» Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky

"...Yet things did fail, in large part because, after Napster, the industry’s insistence that digital distribution be as expensive and inconvenient as a trip to the record store suddenly struck millions of people as a completely terrible idea.

Once you see this pattern—a new story rearranging people’s sense of the possible, with the incumbents the last to know—you see it everywhere. First, the people running the old system don’t notice the change. When they do, they assume it’s minor. Then that it’s a niche. Then a fad. And by the time they understand that the world has actually changed, they’ve squandered most of the time they had to adapt.

It’s been interesting watching this unfold in music, books, newspapers, TV, but nothing has ever been as interesting to me as watching it happen in my own backyard. Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup." -- from the Source:
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Clay Shirky presents a fairly long look at the emergence and impact of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in general on higher education institutions. He begins with a historical brief of Napster and the music industry as a baseline and expands from there. Evidently Shirky hit some tender spots since there are 74 responsive comments to the article and there are other articles that use it as the baseline for their commentary. This is a worthwhile read.

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Timothy Vollmer: Keeping MOOCs Open

Timothy Vollmer: Keeping MOOCs Open | Open Research & Learning |

"The new cohort of MOOCs are distinct from the original MOOCs in that they are “open,” thus far, in only one respect: they are open enrollment. The new MOOCs have not yet openly licensed their courses. As MOOCs continue to develop course content and experiment with various business models, we think it’s crucial that they consider adopting open licenses as a default on their digital education offerings.

... Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. MOOCs — or Massive Open Online Courses — have been getting a lot of attention lately." from the source Creative Commons. 


Note: This presents a clear case that internet users need to be aware of the resources they want to use. There is open in all ways and then there is open where only certain features are open and free. Caveat Emptor. 

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[Guest Blog] Why I’m calling for a New Deal on Data

[Guest Blog] Why I’m calling for a New Deal on Data | Open Research & Learning |

"a New Deal on Data
... The key to building this digital nervous system are ‘digital breadcrumbs’ that we all leave behind us as we move through the world – call records, credit card transactions, and GPS location fixes, among others. My research laboratory at MIT is finding that we can use these breadcrumbs to explain phenomena—financial crashes, political upsets, flu pandemics—that were previously mysterious. Going forward, data analytics can give us stable financial systems, functioning governments, efficient and affordable healthcare, and more


.... In short, to achieve the exciting possibilities of a data driven society, we require what I have called the New Deal on Data – workable guarantees that the data needed for public goods are readily available while, at the same time, protecting the citizenry. Maintaining protection of personal privacy and freedom is critical to the success of any society.


To help guarantee such individual freedoms, over the last five years I have helped curate a discussion among leading politicians, CEOs of multinational corporations and public advocacy groups around the world. The result is a New Deal on Data developing in the commerce regulations of the UK, EU, US, and other countries . These changes are beginning to give individuals unprecedented control over data that are about them while at the same time providing for increased transparency and insight in both the public and private spheres.


 In collaboration with Telefonica, I am helping to make the New Deal on Data a reality, through events such as Campus Party, where participants in the Datathon for Public Good will have the opportunity to explore the potential of open data, and in Living Laboratories, where researchers investigate how to deal with the sensitivities of collecting and using deeply personal data in real-world situations. For instance, the miData and Trento Living Labs are being used as pilots for the New Deal on Data and to discover new ways to give users control and use of their personal data."


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#BigData #Digital-Breadcrumbs #NewDealonData #NewDeal #Data #Telefonica #MIT #breadcrumbs #Open-Access #OA #Open-Data #Open-Scholarship

ghbrett's insight:

This article shows how Big and Little Data can in aggregated, private form can be used to better understand trends in a variety of national and global interests. The premise is a combination of supporting privacy and the use of Open Data and Open Access content.


This is an activity that may prove to be a good model for Information, Computing, and Telecommunications technologies as we move forward.

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Image*After is a large online free photo collection | process.arts

Image*After is a large online free photo collection | process.arts | Open Research & Learning |

Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial. -

Via Chris Follows
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People often are looling for visual materials to add to their online content. Here is a new resource that I have not be aware of before. It looks very good. Thanks to the folks who have created this resource.

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