Assumptions and Challenges of Open Scholarship

Nov 09, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What is 'open scholarship' and what assumptions about it do we as practitioners bring to the table? According to the authors, open scholarship:

  • has a strong ideological basis rooted in an ethical pursuit for democratization, fundamental human rights, equality, and justice,

  • emphasizes the importance of digital participation for enhanced scholarly outcomes,

  • is treated as an emergent scholarly phenomenon that is co-evolutionary with technological advancements in the larger culture, 

  • is seen as a practical and effective means for achieving scholarly aims that are socially valuable.

The authors raise challenges to each of these, but my observationb would be more meta - can a person who does not subscribe to any of these find value in open scholarship?

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