Academic Commons Solution Stories

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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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Academy commons have no intrinsic hierarchies, rankings, or reward systems

Academy commons’ emphasis on equity, openness, sustainability, and research­ and culture driven structures means that they cannot have any intrinsic hierarchies or rankings. All participants and all research objects that conform to the principles of an academy commons are equally appropriate and available for dissemination and reuse. Attribution systems and formats are driven by the demands of transparency and the intrinsic ...more »

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Academy commons are open by default

Openness is the core value for academy commons. These are intentionally and reflexively open. Their goods are entirely free to use, read, reuse, and remix by humans and machines, unless there is a compelling reason to restrict access, e.g., personal health information. Scholarly commoning starts with openness as a norm, and supports activities that explore open scholarship fully. Sharing for reuse is the main activity ...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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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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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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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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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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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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