Open Scholarship On The Rise

Andrew Rusk | The Varsity | October 26, 2009

The open source approach has permeated even the dusty corners of academia. Open scholarship is a growing movement to make academic research publicly accessible, instead of tucked away in journals that are only available by subscription. Last Thursday, U of T professors spoke at an event entitled “Enabling Open Scholarship” to a packed hall at the Claude Bissell Building.

Gale Moore, a senior fellow at the Knowledge Media Design Institute, presented on the overarching tools and the movement of open scholarship. Moore, who also moderated the event, focused on how openness is beginning to take hold at universities in the form of increasingly open access to educational resources, data, and innovation. Moore pointed out an increase in open access mandates, including one at Harvard University, that require all published work be open access.