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Universities are changing. opening up access to information, data and processes floods sunlight into areas that were previously hidden from public view, and in doing so it also nurtures growth. These slides are a tour of how various forms of openness are showing themselves in universities.

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Amberthomas opensunlight

  1. 1. openness in universities Amber Thomas @ambrouk 26th May 2012 FLOSSIE Conference CC BY @ambrouk
  2. 2. Idea from Cameron Neylon Off the record you are free to: questions, comments should be flagged copy, share, adapt or re-mix; photograph, film or broadcast; blog, live-blog or post video of this presentation provided that: You attribute the work to its author and respect the rights and licences associated with its components. Slide Concept by Cameron Neylon, who has waived all copyright and related or neighbouring rights. This slide only CCZero. 2 Social Media Icons adapted with permission from originals by Christopher Ross. Original images are available under GPL at:2
  3. 3. amber thomas@ambrouk years supporting technology in educationI work at JISC Managerthis presentation is a personal one
  4. 4. openness: the sunlight effect“Freedom of information legislation comprises laws that guarantee access to data held by the state” up access to information, data and processes floods sunlight into areas thatwere previously hidden from public view, and in doing so it also nurtures growth
  5. 5. openness in context opportunity and threat Cut costs, increase efficiency, marketingCollaboration, exploiting value,commons, rationalise,Social good open markets collaboration, digital scholarship, student needs
  6. 6. forms of opennessopen ... data standards source innovation scholarship access content education ... in universities
  7. 7. building on 5 stars of open data1 star: make your stuff available on the Web(whatever format) under an open license2 stars: make it available as structured data (e.g.,Excel instead of image scan of a table)3 stars: use non-proprietary formats (e.g., CSV insteadof Excel)4 stars: use URIs to identify things, so that people canpoint at your stuff5 stars: link your data to other data to provide context
  8. 8. dimensions of (digital) openness [thoughts in beta] £ Free Unauthenticated:at the point of use £ password free Legal: Legal Tech Technical: licensed for reuse formatted for reuse These dimensions matter differently in different forms of openness
  9. 9. [thoughts in beta]My grid isn’t tested, not perfectNot a categorisation, more of a way ofcharacterising foreground concernsAim is to encourage discussion across the opens:where can we share infrastructure, practice?where are we distinct? £ LT
  10. 10. £ Open DataLTMaking data available for public access and reuse in universities: open administrative data open research data open bibliographic data open cultural data
  11. 11. £ Open StandardsLT Open =“non-proprietary” in universities: Content Metadata Course Data Systems
  12. 12. £ Open SourceLT Open can mean process and/or product in universities: Learning management systems Content management systems Enterprise systems even Library Management Systems
  13. 13. £ Open InnovationLT usually more about the process than the product OR the product is free it’s about being tactically liberal with IP in universities: crowdsourcing public engagement partnerships with businesses
  14. 14. £ Open ScholarshipLT It’s about collaborative processes and sometimes reusable outputs. Sometimes important to be public, sometimes not. in universities: digital collaboration humanities peer review data sharing
  15. 15. £ Open AccessLT Opening up research papers to be free to researchers and to the public in universities: author contracts new forms of open publication repositories of research outputs
  16. 16. £ Open ContentLT in education context, often called open educational resources in universities: using web resources licensed for reuse teachers sharing their resources course materials
  17. 17. £ Open EducationLT public access to content and learning opportunities in universities: free online learning peer learning new models of accreditation
  18. 18. summary: openness in universitiesopenness in universities £ characteristics ofcomes in many flavours data openness vary LT standards source Universities are changing innovation scholarship Opening up access to information, access data and processes floods sunlight content into areas that were previously education hidden from public view, and in doing so it also nurtures growth.
  19. 19. thank you apologies for lack of pretty pictures twitter: @ambrouk CC BY @ambrouk and with thanks to JISC