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Coherence of “open” initiatives in higher education and research: Framing a policy agenda

Corrall, Sheila and Pinfield, Stephen (2014) Coherence of “open” initiatives in higher education and research: Framing a policy agenda. In: Breaking Down Walls: Culture-Context-Computing, 04 March 2014 - 07 March 2014, Berlin, Germany.

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“Open” approaches have the potential to advance significantly the mission of higher education and research institutions worldwide, but the multiplicity of initiatives raises questions about their coherence and points to the need for a more coordinated approach to policy development. Drawing on the European e-InfraNet project, we adopt a broad definition of Open, including activity alongside content, and identify the different Open domains, their salient characteristics and relationships. We propose a high-level typology and model of Open to inform policy design and delivery, and employ Willinsky’s framework for open source and open access to discuss the theoretical underpinnings of openness, finding important commonalities among the domains, which suggests that the framework can extend to all the Open areas. We then examine potential shared benefits of Open approaches, which reinforce the argument for a unified policy agenda. We conclude with some observations on limits of openness, and implications for policy.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Pinfield, Stephen
Date: March 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: iConference 2014 Proceedings
Volume: 7
Publisher: iSchools organization
Place of Publication: IDEALS: Illinois Learning Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship
Page Range: 293 - 313
Event Title: Breaking Down Walls: Culture-Context-Computing
Event Dates: 04 March 2014 - 07 March 2014
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.9776/14085
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic, culture, educational, policy, open, science, research, infrastructure, scholarly, communication
ISSN: 2325-6850
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 21:44
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:02


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