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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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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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