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Taking Account of Collaborative Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure Decisions

The problem of evaluating an individual’s scholarly performance is akin to asking, How do you assign credit to jokes? It sounds like a frivolous question, but in fact the analogy holds. A landmark 1981 article on the public domain by Professor David Lange explored this very issue as it pertained to vaudeville humorists. Groucho Marx once explained that the use of material from other comedy acts, was entirely routine,... more »

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The 2.5% Commitment to Support Shared Research Infrastructure

Academic research disciplines and libraries are losing control of scholarly infrastructure, which is making more elements of scholarly and scientific research dependent upon a few industry players that are exploiting their dominance of certain platforms for software, publishing, data analytics, and more. The top five academic publishers now account for nearly 50% of all journal articles, and new business strategies seek... more »

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Open Value Networks as a Platform for Academic Collaboration

Some digital communities use “open value accounting” software systems[1] to structure their internal governance and management of shared resources while building a new type of networked community. Open value networks, or OVNs, are voluntary, consensus-driven systems for measuring and valuing the in-kind/ energy and financial contributions of each of its participants. The goal is to make contributions, even small ones,... more »

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Varieties of Self-Governance in Networked Spaces (A Partial List)

There are a wide variety of possible self-governance regimes that a group can use in networked spaces. Below is a listing of some of the more salient ones, but this list is clearly incomplete. This topic is generally under-theorized even though there are plentiful examples, most of them hybrids.

* Benevolent founder & director, e.g., Craig Newmark (Craigslist), Linux Torvalds (Linux) and crowdfunded projects.
* Open... more »

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how do we re invent the very concept of a professional society

when the first scientific academies were created, coming out of guild and medieval societies, there was a real sense of 'professional amateurs' ( levy leblond calls that 'amatorat' in his writing). and that people would cluster socially and then create shared resources

todays attempts like academia.edu and research gate it seems to me are failing

coupled to this is the problem that we havent developed yet how to create... more »

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Doable pathways to the Scholarly Commons (from Force11)

Build (with running funds or funders) a domain-general, minimal viable prototype for the Scholarly Commons.
Standards
Persistent IDs (e.g. ORCID, Wikidata)
open workflow components with functionality like GDocs, Dropbox, Github, dat (semantic), Open Science Framework
legal Sci-Hub (LOCKSS, DOAI, ILL etc.)
Hackathons/Codeathons
Validation (OPRM, Unit test, checksum)
Preservation (torrent)
Outreach all along the research... more »

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Double-loop learning as the logic for academy groups

The concepts of double-loop governance and double-loop learning (Argyris and Shön, 1978) share a common ground in the communicative acts required to support these. Double-loop governance puts into practice what Argyris calls a Model II style of theories-in-use. A Model I “theory-in-use” for Argyris (1982, 8) represents the set of assumptions that a person puts into everyday practice without reflection. A Model I theory-in-use... more »

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art-sci lab

i took up a position of the university of texas,dallas- en endowed chair- i am an astrophysicist and am a full profesor in physics, but also in the new school of art.technology of emerging communication- we set up the art-sci lab-we work on projects which cannot be done unless artists, designers work with scientists or engineers. I have students in the lab from multiple departments ( psychology, business, science, art... more »

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Better than Tenure: new thoughts on the bargain between universities and their faculty

What is better than tenure? Here are the beginnings of potential guidelines, a strawman to build from. What's YOUR solution?:

1) A university-wide pay scale for teaching courses that allows for incremental adjustments for years served, and bonuses for class size and results (how do we want to measure results?). No second-class citizens in this system. Everyone who steps up to teach has the rank of professor. The full-time... more »

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Tech Commoning Produces an Innovative, High-end Microscope

The following text is excerpted from a chapter by Jacques Paysan in the book Patterns of Commoning. The chapter describes an open source community of researchers and engineers that has created an innovative, high-end microscope called OpenSPIM.

The story suggests the great potential for open design and production of scientific instruments -- even quite sophisticated, complicated ones -- if researchers self-organize... more »

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Think Global, Print Local: A New Publishing Model

When some Spaniards decided they wanted to translate one of my books into Spanish and give it broad distribution, including in Latin America, we came up with a new publishing model that may have some instructive elements for future academic book publishing. As described on my blog, Bollier.org (at http://www.bollier.org/blog/think-global-print-local-new-commons-based-publishing-model and http://www.bollier.org/blog/spanish-translation-%E2%80%9Cthink-commoner%E2%80%9D-now-published),... more »

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In academy commons, the form research is disseminated in is determined by the needs of the research itself

Academy commons encourage research to be disseminated in the form that makes the most sense for that research: i.e. as a dataset, software, clinical practice notes, letters, blogs... or articles and monographs. They discourage the use of inappropriate forms solely for reasons of tradition, metrics, or to satisfy reward or evaluation systems (e.g. the publication of an article in order to claim credit for a dataset or... more »

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