Collaborative Commons: Why cheap e-books won’t beat copyleft publications

October 20, 2014 0

In this series of post we have explored to what extent can we rethink the licensing instruments (perhaps beyond Creative Commons); alternative forms of economic sustainability (freemium); as well as new incentives mechanisms (non-traditional knowledge currencies) into the Open Access movement. Here we will add some arguments to the two first aspects. Alternative forms of economic sustainability: On its recently published book,… Read More »

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

October 10, 2014 0

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?

October 8, 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 »

Rethinking the sustainability of Open Access and Open Science

Meanwhile, I am enjoying my stay as ‘visiting scholar’ at the Institute for Cultural Studies (KU Leuven) I am collaborating with Dr. Frederik Truyen exploring mechanisms to better understand Open Access from the sustainability point of view. Open Access (OA) is a term widely used to refer to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals. Here a… Read More »

The shifting ecology of online scholarly communication

August 22, 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 »

Strategies to foster (virtual) collaboration

Roschelle & Teasley (1995) explained in their well known research (see open access version*) that collaboration: involves group-directed negotiation and construction of shared goals and meaning. A better understanding of collaboration (face-to-face and/or online) becomes a critical factor in today’s society. As known, the OECD has been working on a new assessment to test student performance in creative… Read More »

The social platform for learning is changing

‘Karen McCoy’ from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB Global Centre) interviewed me a few days ago, here its transcription. Question 1: Could you tell us a little more about your key ideas? Lately, I’ve been focusing on three key ideas in education. First of all, moving more into context rather than content. Proper context will stimulate… 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 — 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 »