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1 An experiment in speed crowd-sourcing an article on Open Content

1.1 Where we are at ...

We are done! Bjoern 00:50, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

2 Open content article

Right - thanks everybody for contributions to the Open content article! The article has now gone to the publisher (and now been accepted for publication in its current form). It will be some time before the article is published, so comments are still welcome in the Google document here. See also 1, 2.

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Gradually writing various sections. Posting out invitations via mailing lists and social media! Bjoern 12:46, 16 January 2014 (UTC) Blog post.

2.1 Thoughts

In writing this entry, there were a few things that seemed apparent to me, to do with "integrity" between the article itself and the way the article is written and published.

  • The article is on Open content, therefore the article itself should be open.
  • Open content is strongly related to the wider area of participation (including Open scholarship). Therefore the article should be written collaboratively.

2.2 The original invitation

Are you involved in an OER project? Are you involved in Open Access publishing? Have you been itching to say something about Open Content? If you've got a little bit of time to contribute this week, then this is your opportunity. Despite a tight deadline, we are trying to crowd source small contributions to an encyclopedia article on Open Content. This is for the "International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society" (edited by Peng Hwa Ang and Robin Mansell), and published by Wiley-Blackwell in collaboration with the International Communication Association.

The entry has an introduction with a semi-historic overview of the Open Content (including OER, Open Access publishing, and other Open content), and an outlook. However, the middle section (the largest section) is simply called "Aspects of Open Content". You would be very welcome to create or take charge of one of the sub-sections in this, and write around 500 words or so on a topic. This should not be a historical overview, because that is covered in the introduction. Instead, it should be a critical constructive discussion of a particular topic, e.g. challenges and developments in OCWC, OER research, open textbooks, use of Open Content in a particular field, etc. etc.

The article will be freely available and also openly licensed after an embargo period - that's the best agreement I was able to negotiate. Unfortunately there is not a lot of time, and we're in a real rush to source contributions. I had hoped that the entry would be written in a highly collaborative way, with lots of diverse contribtions, and I hope this will still be possible to a small extent. We are aiming to get this done by the end of January (in final version). So if you have some spare time, and you fancy writing something (or voicing some opinions!), please do!

The entry itself is on google documents, with permissions such that anybody can view and comment, so please do have a look.

See W:Blog/20140122_Open_content_article for link.

Copy and paste the url into a browser, and delete the two strings REMOVETHIS, and you should be good to go. It's at an early stage at the moment, but we are working on it this week.

If you want to contribute, please email me as soon as possible to let me know (contact details here), and request access to the Google document. If you do know of other individuals that you think might be happy to contribute, and you know them well, then please feel free to forward this message. If you are unsure whether to approach them, or you don't know them that well, please do let me know! Please do not email general mailing lists - if there are mailing lists you think we should send this message to, please let me know. We want to avoid duplication, and keep the process manageable!!