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Criticism to Creative Commons: Why open access is not enough?

Q – What has Open Access in common with Creative Commons, U2 or Radiohead? A– All contents (either academic or artistic) are affected by CopyRight laws obsolete in the digital world. At least within the academic world (as in many others probably) to embrace the principles promoted by Creative Commons it is something increasingly accepted, which just to be… Read More »

How to make #OpenAccess in Science more sustainable? 30 possible answers

  Open Access and Sustainability: Exploring business models for academic Open Access based on the Cross-subsidy model of Anderson from Cristobal Cobo Romaní [also available in Google Drive].   As many others probably,  I always thought that the confusion between free and libre was problematic and likely to cause a great deal of confusion (English adjective “free” does… Read More »

A smarter accountability: combining ‘traditional’ and social impact metrics in #OpenScience

10 October 2014 1

digital scholarship: how open publication and co-creation could transform science from cristobal cobo   Wikipedia defines Open Science as: “… the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. It encompasses practices such as publishing open research, campaigning for open access, encouraging scientists to practice open notebook science,… Read More »

In transition to a sustainable Open Access?

8 October 2014 0

Higher education institutions are operating in an altered context now with the advent of digital, networked technologies. The IT Revolution had resulted in new dysfunctions and inequalities in scholarly communication. Authors, such as Hopkins (2009), among others, suggest that Higher Education requires resilience, to face this changing landscape of knowledge dissemination. Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new… Read More »

The shifting ecology of online scholarly communication

22 August 2014 0

The expansion of the Internet as well as other digital technologies has brought a great deal of interest as well as new opportunities to our society, one clear example of that is how open access initiatives have already diversified the alternatives to access and share academic peer-reviewed scholarly information (papers, reports, books, data base, etc.)… Read More »

Delivering higher education in the digital age

Plenary panel, at the What does it mean to be an expert in the Web Era? #digicurrency pic.twitter.com/J7W9Awm4ZK — Cristobal Cobo (@cristobalcobo) May 28, 2014   See also the great report from By Simon Knight. The workshop for the Oxford Internet Institute, “What does it mean to be an ‘expert’ in the web age”, took place on Wednesday… Read More »

Education, complexity and Internet

13 February 2014 0

Above an excerpt of the presentation given during my last talk at the Universidad Europea, in Spain. The text is cross posted from the institutional website – and here. Universidad Europea has launched the second edition of the discussion cycle Education. Educate to Transform with a lecture given by Cristóbal Cobo, a researcher at the University of Oxford,… Read More »

Can MOOCs offer new patterns of knowledge accreditation?

To what extent Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) could diversify the existing mechanisms of skills recognition and knowledge transfer? Lack of evidence in this field make challenging to distinguish between speculation and reality. However, there are promising potentials in tools such as the “Verified Certificates” to become a new academic accreditation and therefore an instrument to… Read More »

High-tech companies looking to hire people with soft skills for innovation

Emerald Group Publishing and its journal On the Horizon just released our article: “Mechanisms to identify and study the demand for innovation skills in world-renowned organizations” [Excerpt] “Since extensive studies have been carried out to establish the relationship between functional skills, economic performance and workforce this research analyzed the need of soft skills for innovation among… Read More »

If MOOCs are the Answer, What Is the Question?

26 February 2013 0

Coming Trends in Education // Tendencias Educativas Digitales from Cristobal Cobo Romaní Above the slides of a talk I gave today. The topic was ‘future trends on education‘, rather than technologies the idea was to focus on other time-tested dimensions which are relevant for the education. The plan was also to adress some of the… Read More »