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  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262542432
  • Imprint: MIT Press Academic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $41.99
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Open Knowledge Institutions

Reinventing Universities



The future of the university as an open knowledge institution that institutionalizes diversity and contributes to a common resource of knowledge: a manifesto.

In this book, a diverse group of authors—including open access pioneers, science communicators, scholars, researchers, and university administrators—offer a bold proposition: universities should become open knowledge institutions, acting with principles of openness at their center and working across boundaries and with broad communities to generate shared knowledge resources for the benefit of humanity. Calling on universities to adopt transparent protocols for the creation, use, and governance of these resources, the authors draw on cutting-edge theoretical work, offer real-world case studies, and outline ways to assess universities’ attempts to achieve openness.

Digital technologies have already brought about dramatic changes in knowledge format and accessibility. The book describes further shifts that open knowledge institutions must make as they move away from closed processes for verifying expert knowledge and toward careful, mediated approaches to sharing it with wider publics. It examines these changes in terms of diversity, coordination, and communication; discusses policy principles that lay out paths for universities to become fully fledged open knowledge institutions; and suggests ways that openness can be introduced into existing rankings and metrics. Case studies—including Wikipedia, the Library Publishing Coalition, Creative Commons, and Open and Library Access—illustrate key processes.

  • Published: 19 October 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262542432
  • Imprint: MIT Press Academic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $41.99
Categories:

About the authors

John Hartley

John Hartley, Rob Harris and Samantha Manning have been friends for a couple of decades, since John and Sam played together in a high-school band that has long since been relegated to the dusty back-rooms of Isle of Wight local history. Rob and Sam meet a couple of years later at Winchester School of Art.

Now older, and perhaps less prone to glamorous daydreams, John is a practicing artist who also works for the Arts Council, Rob a Garden Designer and landscaper and Sam a visual artist and acupuncturist.

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