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“An Open Digital Global South,” a library-sponsored conference on May 25-26

An Open Digital Global South: Risks and Rewards
UC Davis Law School

May 25-26, 2017

The event is open to the public and will be both livestreamed and recorded. Please register here.

This conference explores the promises and risks of openness in scholarship in relationship to the Global South. Scholars increasingly are under pressure to make their work “open” through sharing their research as reusable open data and open source software, and making their publications open access. Scholarly “openness”—for example, open data, open access, open source—is intended to facilitate the free flow of information, to address barriers to access, and to foster global intellectual conversations. Do attempts at promoting openness in scholarship create new forms of exclusion or hierarchy? How are Southern scholars and publishers’ experiences with open access and open data taken into account within conversations on developing standards and models for open access and open data in the Global North? What are the unanticipated risks created through the implementation of models for open data or open access?

We have lined up some great speakers already and expect a lively discussion. More details and registration available here.


Open Access and Scholarly Publishing