Scientific books gone wild –new methods for co-producing books & science knowledge

May 9, 2014 in Freedom to learn by Balthas

Open Science Logo - Author: G.emmerich , under a cc attribution share-alike license. See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Open_Science_Logo_v2.jpg

Open Science Logo – Author: G.emmerich , under a cc attribution share-alike license. See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Open_Science_Logo_v2.jpg

Good news from re:publica 2014: Some scientists are moving from the “open access” paradigm (and battle) to the real paradigm shift (and real battle?):They now talk about “Books gone wild – how we write scientific books in an open, collaborative and continuous way”. In other words: they are moving from open access to open knowledge co-production. Two concrete books (and manuals, if you will) that have been built this way in Germany over the past year and that talk about dynamic publication formats and collaborative authoring, include:

  1. Opening Science – The Evolving Guide on How the Internet is Changing Research, Collaboration and Scholarly Publishing”, Available at http://book.openingscience.org/  and
  2. CoScience (in German), available at http://handbuch.io/

I see quite a potential for international cooperation and for development cooperation, when we get into the mode of co-producing up-to-date scientific information globally. Why? Because then we have the chance to get scientists and practitioners from developing countries to co-create relevant research instead of just “accessing” it (or not even that …). Therefore, I hope that this example will catch on and that we will see more scientific “books gone wild” in areas relevant to development (such as health, education, energy etc).

Yours, Balthas reporting from re:publica 2014. For more curated news on re:publica 2014 check my twitter timeline from 6. May to 8. May 2014  at https://twitter.com/b_seibold

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