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Hi, I'm Toby, and am currently working as project manager on the Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project. With a background in Cultural and Media Studies (MA in Television Studies), I am interested in exploring practices in their many facets - currently with a focus on scholar-and community-led for the Humanities and Social Sciences 📚

For the last thirteen years, I've worked in projects that sought to foster uptake of and practices, tools for teaching and learning, and in more general terms and in a variety of configurations.

From 2012-2018/9, I did a part-time PhD thesis project on Television and Cultural Memory, but eventually decided to step away because things got too complicated ...

"Exploring the Paradox of Open", our December newsletter is out and includes:

✦ the launch of “#ParadoxofOpen: Responses”
✦ our Call for Fellows for 2023 is open!
✦ Zuzanna Warso's analysis of the EU Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles
✦ EU to fund a project for a #PublicDomain Repository
✦ The #AI_Commons roundtable we organized in the U.S. with @creativecommons
✦ & more!

Read it here: mailchi.mp/openfuture/explorin

RT @BLopenresearch@twitter.com

Check it out! The @oabooksnetwork@twitter.com has refreshed their website so that the breadth of their resources around Open Access books are easier to find: openaccessbooksnetwork.hcommon

🐦🔗: twitter.com/BLopenresearch/sta

I'm really enjoying these pieces from Open Future but I agree that there is a frequent slippage between 'commons' and 'open' as if they are interchangeable -- when, in fact, they're very different and in some respects antagonistic to one another.

Although I know we shouldn't place too much of the burden on language here, I feels like this distinction illustrates how open movements, without a proper/robust theory of the commonness of labour, often fail to consider the ethical implications of the ways in which commons resources are produced, not just distributed.

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Key sentence from Balázs Bodó on the continued misapplication of commons-based thought in open movements:

'Though the digital commons movement loudly cited the work of Elinor Ostrom, its definition of the commons was radically different from the commons she described. Traditional commons are made up of well-defined communities, which closely police who gets access to the resources the community pools, and depends upon. In contrast, the digital commons movement followed the open pasture model, laughing off the threat of the tragedy of the commons, saying that digital resources are inexhaustible.'

openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

Reading 'The Paradox of Open' ... 

@tarkowski

👀 just also to highlight the excellent, thought-provoking set of responses to 'The Paradox of Open' that have recently been published on paradox.openfuture.eu/response - including (in alphabetical order):

Bodó, Balázs (@bodo ). “Beyond the Fetish of Open.” openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

Botero, Carolina (@boteromarino@techhub.social). “Public Memory and the Digital Black Hole.” openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

Boyle, James. “Misunderestimating Openness.” openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

Dobusch, Leonhard (@leonido). “How Openness Becomes Exclusionary.” openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

Mazgal, Anna. “The Paradox of Growth – Unintended Consequences of Open.” openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

Slater, Derek. “The Evolving Shape of ‘The Copyright Wars.’” openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

Tennison, Jeni (@JeniT). “Creative Communities.” openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

Warso, Zuzanna. “Openness and Digital Human Rights.” openfuture.eu/paradox-of-open-

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Humanities Commons--the folks who run the mastodon instance I'm posting from--are holding a fundraiser, and still lack ⅓ of their goal.

It's really easy to donate at givingto.msu.edu/crowdpower/hu

Publizieren in der Medienwissenschaft — Andreas Kirchner über Open Access als Standard | Open Media Studies ift.tt/hEbO5GA

Reading 'The Paradox of Open' ... 

@tarkowski

... Now, this is exactly why I believe the work happening in COPIM to make the Open Book Collective (OBC) become reality is so important:
Not only does the OBC focus on making academic books available in an open way, it seeks to establish alternative support mechanisms for publishing differently, via community-owned and values-led socio-technical infrastructures.

See the intro post to the OBC's organisational model, which has been collaboratively penned by Eileen Joy, @openreflections and Team COPIM at:

Joy & Adema (2022). Open Book Collective: A Model for Open Community-led Governance. Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM). doi.org/10.21428/785a6451.d1a7

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#ParadoxofOpen is an idea that I have been exploring over the last two years, together with @paulk and the rest of @openfuture team. Paul and I wrote an essay, where we show a paradox: #openness challenges concentrations of power, but sometimes does the opposite - enables them.

We are happy that our idea stirred open advocates to reflect on successes and failures of the open movement. We’ve created an anthology of their essays, called “Paradox of Open: responses”, which we will launch on 30 November.

For the launch, we invited prof. James Boyle from Duke University and Anna Mazgal from Wikimedia Europe (both of them authored essays for our anthology).

Join us next week: openfuture.eu/event/open-futur

Reading 'The Paradox of Open' ... 

@tarkowski

... Now, this is exactly why I believe the work happening in COPIM to make the Open Book Collective (OBC) become reality is so important:
Not only does the OBC focus on making academic books available in an open way, it seeks to establish alternative support mechanisms for publishing differently, via community-owned and values-led socio-technical infrastructures.

See the intro post to the OBC's organisational model, which has been collaboratively penned by Eileen Joy, @openreflections and Team COPIM at:

Joy & Adema (2022). Open Book Collective: A Model for Open Community-led Governance. Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM). doi.org/10.21428/785a6451.d1a7

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Reading 'The Paradox of Open' ... 

Reading Paul Keller's and @tarkowski 's 'The Paradox oft Open' - and am really grateful for their clear and succinct analysis:

"It is slowly time to admit that a multitude of small victories is not enough in face of the monopolistic power. [...]"

"We should expect these ecosystems [OA, OER, open data] to soon fall within the domain of platform logic. It is slowly becoming time to admit that a multitude of small victories is not enough in the face of the monopolistic power wielded by today’s platforms. The only sensible action is to invest in alternatives to these platforms – ones that respect openness and other democratic values." 👏

paradox.openfuture.eu/

Implementing a Workflow for Combinatorial Books | Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) ift.tt/h8iSJdl

Zotero continues to be the best reference manager around — #FOSS, made by scholars for scholars. Upcoming features (now available for beta testing) include automatic relinking of #mendeley citations, much faster #googledocs integration, and support for #latex math in notes

If you don't use a reference manager yet (or if you're using a for-profit one like Mendeley or EndNote) you can always give #Zotero a whirl: it's free and doesn't lock you in: zotero.org

#AcademicWriting

Warning: Do not use Hive Social ⚠️🐝

We found multiple critical security vulnerabilities in the App, leaking private messages, posts, images and user data like phone numbers, emails and birthdates.

zerforschung.org/posts/hive-en

The Office of Scholarly Communication is hiring an Open Research Community Manager. Come work with me!

'The role will establish and develop a Cambridge Open Research Community, bringing researchers across the university community together through regular online and in person events to enable exchange of expertise in open and rigorous research practices. They will develop an understanding of how research needs differ across disciplines and use this understanding to inform the development of open research policies and services as part of the University's Open Research Programme, leading projects to further develop these services. They will raise the profile of open research at Cambridge through internal and external engagement in collaboration with researchers and professional services leads across the university.'

Funding for five years in the first instance.

jobs.ac.uk/job/CVM274/open-res

Did you know that you can now link your Mastodon handle to your Commons profile?

Just go to Edit under your photo when you are logged into the Commons and under Institutional or Other Affiliation you'll find the field to add it!

Use the format @YOUR USERNAME@hcommons.social and don't forget to save changes at the bottom.

hcommons.org/

Reminder that there is strike action taking place at UK Universities tomorrow over pay, pensions & equalities issues.

If you want to show solidarity don't cross the picket line (physical or digital)

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