Openness as Tool for Acceleration and Measurement: Reflections on Problem Representations Underpinning Open Access and Open Science

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Abstract

Open access has established itself as an issue that researchers, universities, and various infrastructure providers, such as libraries and academic publishers, have to relate to. Commonly policies requiring open access are framed as expanding access to information and hence as being part of a democratization of society and knowledge production processes. However, there are also other aspects that are part of the way in which open access is commonly imagined in the various policy documents, declarations, and institutional demands that often go unnoticed. This essay wants to foreground some of these issues by asking the overarching question: “If open access and open science are the solutions, then what is the problem they are meant to solve?” The essay discusses how demands to open up access to research align also with processes of control and evaluation and are often grounded in ideas of economic growth as constant acceleration.

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  • Information Studies

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  • Open Access, Open science
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Divide. Critical Studies on Open Access
EditorsUlrich Herb, Joachim Schöpfel
Place of PublicationSacramento, CA
PublisherLibrary Juice Press
Pages17-28
ISBN (Print)978-1-63400-029-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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