Discussion: What does being open in research terms mean?

Debate on openness and research

Cloud created by:

Gráinne Conole
25 July 2010

Reflecting on the process of writing the book 'Designing for learning in an open world' has made me wonder a little more about what 'open' really means in current research terms. It seems to me we are still in a state of flux and their are conflicting agendas, so I have set up this Cloud as a space to discuss some of these issues. 


  • What are the benefits of adopting a truly open approach to sharing research ideas and work?
  • What are the potential drawbacks of being open, how do current structures and systems restrict openness?
  • Are we likely to see a shift away from traditional processes and metrics for research (such as publishing in established peer reviewed journals and books) to use of social mediating tools such as blogs, wikis, and social networking sites?


Extra content

I think this notion is  well captured by this quote:

Spreading information about who knows what is a powerful way to keep ideas alive. Edison was renowned for his ability to remember how old ideas were used and by whom. The most respected people at IDEO are part pack rat (because they have great private collections of stuff), part librarian (because they know who knows what), and part Good Samaritan (because they go out of their way to share what they know and to help others).

Hardagon, A., & Sutton, R. I. (2000). Building an Innovation Factory. Harvard Business Review, 78(3), 157-166.

Chris Bigum
21:57 on 30 September 2010

Embedded Content