Open science builds scholarly commons (plural) across the planet

Bruce Caron
Starting points toward commoning in open science · Science is intensely personal. Scientists are already engaged in their own struggle with the unknowns of nature in the infinite game. Science — their intellectual disease — is fortunately incurable, and likely pandemic.· Science is already social. Just in the US, several thousand workshops a year evidence the scientific need/desire to build collective knowledge. · Science is cultural. Self-governed science communities can use intentional
more » ... intentional cultural practices to help scientists prepare to work together in virtual organizations with shared norms and resources. · Commoning communities open up arenas for online collaboration. Online conversation-driven collectives supported by virtual communities on internet platforms can replace expensive in-person workshops and massive annual meetings, and enable scientists to share knowledge and solve problems today across the globe. · These communities need to consider themselves as commons to replace institutions that have been twisted by the three dimensions of external goods and influence (hierarchy, intellectual property, and neoliberal economics). Commons can address the many intellectual property wrongs that plague the academy today. · Each commons needs to work locally, attuned to its local situation within science domains and academic institutions. · The academy needs to harness the internet and technology platforms to knit together localized science/data commons into a global web of open shared resources and collective intelligence. The real question is how to rescue (or re-place) current academic institutions using commons-based societies and economics. The commons is not an alt-academy, it needs to refactor existing organizations, where possible, and spin up new ones as required. How can we help move this process forward? If commoning is the "WD40" to release science for the sclerotic hold of its 19th Century institutions (See: Is my learned society obsolete?), internet-based technology is the duct tape needed [...]
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