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Question: What is the nature of openness?

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Gráinne Conole
8 November 2010

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Gráinne Conole
11:33am 8 November 2010 (Edited 11:35am 8 November 2010)

  @hanspoldoja for me openness mean open content, use of free/open software, open learning environments and courses with open enrollment

@dkernahan if something is open, I can get to it and mess about with it without special permissions/tools/ID

David Kernohan
11:43am 8 November 2010

Important to think about "openness" as being more than the licenses - it's a state of mind not a metadata field.

OPEN resources are:

* openly discoverable (I can find them using the tools and technologies of my choice)

* openly collectable (I can link to them, download them, aggregate them)

* openly accessible (I don't need any special tools or (legal or authentication) permissions to access or use them)

* openly modifiable (I can take them apart, rearrange them, take excerpts from them and use them in my own resources)

* openly shareable (I can let other people use both the original materials and the materials I have created from them)

* openly sustainable (they can be hosted in multiple places, copied [LOCKSS-esque] and curated)

Gráinne Conole
2:31pm 8 November 2010

yes definitely more than about licensing - there was general consensus on this here. Lots of discussion about the relationship between OER practices and broader educational practices.

Chris Bigum
1:01am 10 November 2010

Might be worth mulling this in terms of Lakoff's notion (actually not his but he has popularised it) of frames. Lakoff, G. (2008). The political mind : why you can't understand 21st-century politics with an 18th-century brain. New York: Viking.

Charlie Macneil
11:04am 17 November 2010

For me openness implies the option or inevitability of closedness, somehow suggests an innocent vulnerability, and perhaps the ability to absorb. There must also be some negatives? 

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