New Models for a New Year

Paul Stacey, Dec 30, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Most people struggle to understand what open is and its implications," writes Paul Stacey. Understanding comes only in stages - he describes seven, ranging from awareness to trying it out to adopting it as a cornerstone of practice. He then moves through a discussion of these stages, including an interesting contrast between closed and open models of public financing for research papers. For example, work at Creative Commons in the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP). He also looks at the private sector, for example, the Noun Project, "a platform empowering the community to build a global visual language of icons and symbols that everyone can understand." The private sector model is in general (he lists ten or so examples) the provision of a platform for the hosting and distribution of open content. Good article, longish, with lost of examples. Don't miss it.

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