Open Scholarship

Openness as scholarly practice has many branches to explore.  

From Here
From Here

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” ~ Malala Yousafzai

Scholarship is Human
Scholarship is Human

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” ~ Mary Shelley

What does it mean to be an a open scholar?   Open publishing, open data, open communities, open research are all facets of open scholarship.

On this day of International Women’s Day we will pay special attention in highlighting the efforts of women in open scholarship.

International Women’s Day at Mural UDG

Why Open Scholarship?

Our goal for this topic is to have you begin to reflect on the ‘why’ of open scholarship.  We will introduce you to people, projects, and movements towards open scholarship. Click the plus symbols to find out more. 

Open scholarship encompasses the practices involved in open access and open data and can profoundly influence how knowledge is created and shared.

Open scholarship has a global footprint, and there are many organizations an initiatives happening around the world.  Being familiar with this bigger picture of open is helpful to expand our thinking about what is possible with our own students, classes and programs. 

Special Guest

Paul Stacey

Paul Stacey

Paul Stacey is the Executive Director of the Open Education Consortium, a global network of educational institutions, individuals, and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective ...

OER World Map

Activity – Explore the OER World Map

  1. In your teams go to the OER World Map
  2. Explore a project and an organization. What is the project or organization about? Is there anything that the organization or project is doing that could be applied to UdG? (15 minutes). 
  3. Join another team and exchange what you discovered. Discuss which projet has the most potential application to your context.  (15 minutes)

Open Access

At it’s most fundamental Open Access is when publications are freely available online to all at no cost and with limited restrictions with regards to reuse. The unrestricted distribution of research can have profound impact for authors (as their work gets seen by more people), readers (as they can access and build on the most recent work in the field) and funders (as the work they fund has broader impact by being able to reach a wider audience).

Open Data

Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share.

The full Open Definition gives precise details as to what this means. To summarize the most important:

  • Availability and Access: the data must be available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably by downloading over the internet. The data must also be available in a convenient and modifiable form.
  • Re-use and Redistribution: the data must be provided under terms that permit re-use and redistribution including the intermixing with other datasets.
  • Universal Participation: everyone must be able to use, re-use and redistribute – there should be no discrimination against fields of endeavour or against persons or groups. For example, ‘non-commercial’ restrictions that would prevent ‘commercial’ use, or restrictions of use for certain purposes (e.g. only in education), are not allowed.

Open Scholarship Tree

It is one thing to consider your own role in open scholarship, but importantly open scholarship at a more global level has impacts that extend beyond an individual.  We would like to highlight the effect of open at a larger scale.

More about Open Scholarship

Open Publishing Activities

Open Access Activism

Open Access Activism

"In our push for open access, we must recognize that those pushing for institutional policies are exhibiting one form of activism. There are many other open access activists who are exposing kindred faults in the system, and we must recognize and fix those too." Open Access Isn't Just About Open Access
Exploring Open Data Visualization

Exploring Open Data Visualization

Most open data repositories publish their data sets in large, downloadable files for analysis. Data visualization approaches can offer insights into complex data sets not readily apparent using other data analysis methods.

Open Scholarship

After completing the activities for this topic, in your workgroup, develop an idea that you propose for UDG to advance and expand the concepts involved in open scholarship. Add these to the Accumalador

Add Your Idea