Contextualizing Openness

Contextualizing Openness

Edited by: Leslie Chan

280 Pages · 9x6 · October 16 2018

Paper ISBN: 9780776626666

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An important part of identifying the structural, technical, policy and cultural contexts for Open Science in the Global South is recognizing the plurality and diversity in the framing and meanings of “openness.” 

This volume brings together contributions from the twelve projects that form the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDN), and is organized along four themes: Defining Open Science in Development, Governing Open Science, Negotiating Open Science, and Expanding Open Science for Social Transformation. 

The collective goal of this volume is to identify examples and reflections that illustrate how opportunities and challenges posed by openness vary across regions, and to identify key differences between actors, institutions, infrastructure and governance of knowledge-based resources in diverse settings. The volume will contribute to and expand upon the literature on “openness,” which has largely been written from the standpoint of the Global North. 

Challenging the asymmetry of global knowledge production and access is central to understanding the growing movement towards Open Science and what it may mean for development thinking and practices. The intent is to further stimulate research and debates on how best to collectively design a knowledge system that is open and equitable for all.

Leslie Chan is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he serves as Associate Director and Director of Bioline International, Chair of the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network.

Contributors: Apiwat Ratanawaraha, Najat Saliba, Salma Talhouk, Josique Lorenzo, Denisa Kera, Hermen Huang, Cameron Neylon, Dora Canhos, Vanderlei Canhos, Sidnei de Souza, Lila Rao, Maurice McNaughton, Maurice Bolo, Dorine Odongo, Cathy Traynor, Valeria Arza, Mariano Fressoli, Pablo Kreimer, Hugo Ferpozzi, Halla Thorsteinsdottir, Sarita Albagli, Henrique Parra, Florence Piron, Dieyi Diouf, Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, Aline Rosset, Azamat Isakov